If you’ve been invited to a formal event, you’re probably in a planning frenzy. What should you wear? How should you do your hair and makeup? What accessories should you use? Obviously you want to turn heads. Once you have your gown, the accessories you wear it with can make or break the look. Here are five key rules to keep in mind as you shop.
More is Not Always Better
While having a good deal of “bling” will gain attention from others at the event, overkill can ruin your overall impression. It is best to stick with one or two pieces instead of cluttering your body with too many pieces. Select one big statement piece to use as a focal point, then keep the other items simple to keep your look classy. If color’s on your mind, silver gemstone earrings can be a great way to coordinate your accessories with your gown without overdoing it.
Avoid Covering Accessories
When picking out accessories, check that your gown does not cover a portion of the piece you want to spotlight. For example, if you have a gown with a high neckline, wearing a necklace is pretty much a moot point. Instead, select an eye-catching bracelet or a show-stopping pair of earrings.
Take Skin Tone into Consideration
Just like makeup, skin tone matters when you’re cooling jewelry. If your skin has cool undertones, then your veins look blue under your skin. If your skin is warmer, then your veins will look greenish. Cool-toned people are likely to look best in silver, platinum, and white gold. Warm skin tones look best in gold, bronze, copper, and pewter. (Obsessions Fashion)
Keep Tanning in Mind
If you intend on going for a tanning session before your prom, it is best to do so a few days before the event. This way any redness will tone down, giving you a healthy glow to help show off your accessories and gown with ease. Do not wear any jewelry while tanning as this will leave behind marks that will detract from the accessories you intend on wearing for the event.
If you are using a tanning spray instead, again, use it a few days before the prom and be sure to read this article first. This way the transferral of spray residue will not ruin your accessories (or your gown!).
Cloth Accessories Count Just as Much as Jewelry
In addition to the jewelry you wear, the bag you carry and the covering you use to keep warm should match your gown. Use a small clutch bag rather than a bulky pocketbook to contain your personal belongings. Match your bag to your shoes or a fashionable faux fur stole or half-jacket to finish off the look with style.
When looking for accessories, take your time in the selection process. Instead of buying an item immediately, take a look at a few options before making your final choice. Take a friend along to help you during the selection as well.