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Jewelry to Wear with a Strapless Dress

From ultra-glam to sophisticated simplicity: How to choose just the right jewelry for a sexy, strapless dress.

You’ve found the perfect dress: a gorgeous, strapless number that complements your figure and makes you feel more than a bit glamorous. You even have the shoes. But, like many (all) of us who don’t have a personal stylist to add that je ne sais quoi touch to make an outfit really spectacular, you may be wavering on what jewelry to wear. Don’t fret. By following a few simple guidelines, you’ll be sure to accessorize your bombshell dress with just the right jewelry pieces.

Be dramatic

A strapless dress is all about drama. A good rule of thumb is to select jewelry that doesn’t compete with that drama; rather, it enhances it. Choosing one statement piece as a focal point — like a jeweled necklace, elaborate chandelier earrings or a bold bracelet — is a nearly fail-safe way to go. With necklaces, you’ll want to consider what looks good with your dress’s neckline. A collar- or bib-style necklace can frame your face while not interfering with the neckline. However, longer chain or pendant necklaces that hit at mid-chest or fall almost to the waistline also have recently been seen on the hottest celebs — and look fabulous.

Pattern and embellishment

What jewelry you choose really depends on the style of your dress. Statement pieces, such as a big bold cuff or black pearl necklace, really shine when paired with a simple strapless dress in a solid color. If your dress is patterned or features other embellishments, you may want to consider more subtle jewelry. Delicate chain necklaces or bracelets and/or stud earrings may be the best accent.

Hair matters

Another item to consider is how you will wear your hair. For up-dos or short hair, dramatic dangling earrings can be showstoppers. If your hair is long, earrings tend to be hidden from view most of the time, so you may want to splurge on a sensational necklace or bracelet instead.

Modern versus retro

You can really make a style statement when choosing jewelry to wear with a strapless dress. For a more modern look, today’s trend is to choose one piece as a focal point, or play down embellishment for a streamlined style. Your look will be more retro if you opt for a “set” of matching jewelry, like a matching necklace and bracelet or matching earrings and necklace.

An occasion that warrants a gorgeous strapless dress deserves some spectacular jewelry. Whether you opt for over-the-top glam or subtle sophistication, following some basic guidelines for choosing the perfect piece will help you make the right investment.

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