Accessories Can Complete A Look


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When you have been searching and searching for the perfect gown for your special occasion, it can take it all out of you. Make sure litres of coffee and an honest friend are accompanying you! I remember when it came to my prom dress, I wanted something affordable but pretty and I found it in Monsoon. I 100% breathed a big sigh of relief when the cashier popped it into the bag. Although I dreamed of a designer dress by Sherri Hill (envious sigh).

However, saying yes to the dress isn't the end of the party-frock search. You have more work ahead of you. A “formal dress” isn’t just the actual dress. It is an entire ensemble that includes the important and obviously totally relevant gown, but all the other elements. In other words, the accessories.

A great place to finding a dress and the accessories is shopping online with Prom Dress Shop. This site is fab, you can use the site’s “pull-down” menu and there is a section just for “Accessories.” Whether you’re looking for a little enhancement (in the chest-region, yas girl get that attention!) or support garments or gloves, or glue and tapes, jewellery or hair enhancements, you’ll find them at the Prom Dress Shop.

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·      Shoes

Shoes shoes shoes, my fave accessory to buy (and collect!). They’re probably the most critical accessory, because you’ll need to coordinate with your dress, be very fashionable and be able to stand, walk and dance in them. Take your time in choosing a pair of shoes, and by all means, break them in before the big night (it’s a huge mistake to put on a pair of brand new shoes on any grand formal events- you may end up not wearing them?!). Look into additional heel, toe or ball-of-the-foot pads for added comfort.

·      Clutch

A clutch handbag or a Minaudiereare (which are “hard,” or structured, often bejewelled clutches) standard purse for formal wear. Make sure you have enough room to carry your ID, phone, touch-up make-up, band aids and safety pins, just for emergencies (trust, I have needed all of these things many times). At Prom Dress Shop, there are some gorgeous examples of traditional clutches, as well as minaudieres. So many options!

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·      Jewellery

It may be tempting to pile on the sparkly bling-bling of earrings, a necklace and brooch, but make sure to choose the ones that complement with your outfit, or else you’ll end up looking like an overly decorated Christmas tree (but I don't want to let go of Christmas yet!). Bracelets are a great way to show off your slim wrists and to coordinate with your earrings or earrings and necklace. This can be a time to wear really fun jewellery – and since you’ll be moving around a lot, this isn’t the time to wear some heirloom brooch or earrings. You don’t want to worry about a big financial loss, or an upset in your family. There are plenty of faux, but very fun rhinestone jewellery pieces to choose from. On Prom Dress Shop, they offer different coloured drop earrings with matching necklaces. They’re available in red, iridescent, turquoise and gold-and-silver – one these will match any formal dress you’ve chosen.

·      Garters

They’re not just for brides! A garter is a fun little accessory, especially if your dress is on the shorter side, or a long dress with a slit (or you can save them for your wedding day).

·      Gloves

Gloves are an elegant touch and are available, most commonly, in wrist length or elbow length. Many women find the latter as the best option, and you can choose from satin, matte and scrunch. The latter refers to a “scrunching” effect of pushing down the end of the glove towards the wrist. Bracelets are often worn over the gloves, rather than under. I personally have never worn gloves (sad face), but if anyone would like to take me to an event where I can, please get in touch(!).

·      Undergarment

It’s important to be sure you choose a good supportive brassiere to wear under your formal dress – and a slip, too.

What are your key accessories when it comes to formal wear?

*This is a collaborative post.

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