When looking for their prom dresses, girls will often shop for their jewelry at the same time. Girls are looking for pieces that will stand out and make them feel unique and beautiful, which is why it can be nerve-wracking to buy your prom jewelry (as well as your prom dress). If you don’t have a heavily detailed neckline on your dress or are wearing a plunging neckline, you’ll probably want to purchase a necklace to accentuate your neck and draw attention to your face–but how to choose?
When you’re looking for a necklace to match your prom dress, consider these tips:
When it comes to necklaces, the sky’s the limit with the price. Even a simple necklace can end up costing a fortune if it’s made with real gems. Even costume jewelry can set you back away if you’re not careful. When shopping for your prom necklace, keep in mind how much you’re looking to spend before you go shopping. Just like how you can find some gorgeous but cheap prom dresses, you can also find beautiful necklaces that won’t cost as much as your dress.
The dress’ style
The cut of your dress should heavily influence what kind of necklace you buy to go with it. For example, if you have a crew neckline or halter neckline, pair it with a statement necklace or shorter necklace that hits your collarbones. If you have a strapless dress, pair it with a choker to better break up space. JJ’s House designer Jessica suggests looking at images online of styles that you may like and bringing that with your jewelry shopping.
“While you may not be able to get that exact necklace, if you have a few ideas you’ll be able to narrow your search better. Just be sure you can return the necklaces if they don’t work,” she says.
If you have a ton of details in your dress like embroidery, rhinestones, or illusion panels, you’ll want to keep your jewelry simple so that it doesn’t confuse the outfit visually by demanding too much attention. Minimalist necklaces are very popular these days, which means it won’t be hard to find a delicate, subtle necklace to pair with your eye-catching dress.
Even if you want your jewelry to pop, you don’t want it to clash. If you want some color in your jewelry, make sure that it complements your prom dress by using a color wheel. If your necklace only has rhinestones but your dress also has rhinestones, make sure that they are in the same shade: crystal with crystal, black with black, etc.
Don’t let yourself get caught up in the bustle of prom and forget your own style. You still want to recognize yourself in those photos after the big day is over. Ultimately, your style should be reflected in your dress style and in your necklace style. This means choosing a necklace that speaks to you and something that you may even want to wear once prom is over.