How Do You Accessorize a Strapless Dress?

The strapless dress is a summer staple. Formal, casual, or somewhere in between, this style makes a great choice for all kinds of warm-weather events.

What’s the best way to accessorize your favorite strapless dress? Plenty of styles look great, so what you choose will depend on your own preferences. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Accessorize Your Arms

Bracelets and bangles are a simple, versatile way to accent a strapless dress. Wear several thin bangles, an elegant chain or string of pearls, or a chunky cuff, depending on the look you’re going for. You can opt for color, particularly if your dress is neutral, or something more subtle like diamonds or plain metal. Of course, you can always pair bracelets with other pieces, such as necklaces or earrings. However, in some cases you may find that a tasteful bracelet or two is all your dress needs.

Feature a Necklace

There are some stunning statement necklaces available today. A strapless dress is the perfect excuse to showcase one. After all, there are no collars, straps, or sleeves to compete with it! Look for chunky stones, elaborate metalwork, multiple layers, unique shapes, and intriguing embellishments to take your outfit to the next level. People often think statement necklaces only work with plain dresses, but that’s not always the case. Just make sure your statement necklace doesn’t clash with your bold strapless gown and you won’t have anything to worry about.

Dress Up Your Ears

A statement necklace may not be your style, or you may have trouble finding the perfect piece for your dress. In that case, another option is to dress up your ears with a fun pair of earrings instead. Long, dangly styles look particularly nice with strapless dresses. If you’ll be wearing your hair in an updo, chandelier earrings will fill the space between your hair and your shoulders nicely. As a bonus, you won’t have to worry about intricate earrings getting caught in your hair. The caveat with earrings is to make sure they work well with your makeup. Since they’re so close together, these two aspects of your look should work in harmony.

Stick with Simple

The three options above are fairly bold. There’s no reason you have to go that route, though. Maybe you prefer an understated look, or maybe your dress makes a strong statement all by itself. If that’s the case, opt for simple. Pick pearls or a pendant necklace with matching studs, for instance. Silver, gold, and a small precious stone or two can go a long way in the right outfit.

What will work with your favorite summer strapless? We at Midtown Jewelers would be glad to help you decide. Peruse our designers or stop by our store today!