Sure, your wedding dress may be the star of the show, but the right accessories will totally elevate your look and add a personal touch (or three). But between jewelry, shoes, veils and other pieces, there can be a dizzying amount of choices to make, and you definitely don't want to go overboard. So before you buy anything, read our top style rules for accessorizing your wedding dress.
You don't need a veil, tiara, earrings, necklace and a sash. Accessories add a unique touch to your look—which we love—but one too many can be downright distracting. Before you start buying, take an inventory of your gown's standout features and then base your choices around them. If your dress has an ornate neckline, opt for a pair of drop earrings instead of a necklace (that might look too busy). For a gown with a simpler style, try a bold statement necklace or fascinator. When it comes to earrings, take a cue from your hairstyle. If you're leaving your hair down and over your ears, small studs or drops will do. But for an updo, you might want something a little more dramatic, like a pair of chandelier danglers. It's always a good idea to avoid designs that closely mimic the embellishments on your gown—you don't want to look too matchy-matchy.
Accessorizing can be difficult. It’s hard to find that perfect accessory that adds to your look but doesn’t overwhelm it. When you start adding jewelry, shoes and handbags into the equation there suddenly becomes many more factors to your outfit. Accessorizing isn’t a science, but there are certain guidelines you can keep in mind to make it easier. Above all, accessorizing a dress comes down to finding accessories that compliment and complete your look.
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