How to Choose the Right Jewelry for Your Wedding Dress
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How to Choose the Right Jewelry for Your Wedding Dress

You finally scored the wedding dress of your dreams, and the only thing left to do is choose the right baubles to embellish it with. Choosing your gown can be a difficult process — there are so many stunning options — and don’t even get us started on the extras. But ladies, there are a few style rules you’ll want to consider when you’re shopping for that bit of wedding bling. Namely, look to your neckline to lead you to “I do” #OOTD glory. Your neckline tells you everything you need to know, like whether you should skip the necklace in favor of a pair of statement earrings or opt for a choker instead of a lariat. Here we’ll take you through six different neckline styles, giving you the lowdown on what to wear with each — so you can get back to rockin’ that seating chart and hammering out last-minute details.

Straight + Strapless

What to wear it with: Chokers, statement earrings, long necklaces

If you’ve chosen a gown with a straight-across neckline, then you’ve basically hit the jackpot as far as accessorizing goes. The styling opportunities are endless. You can go bold with OTT statement earrings or take a shimmery choker or elegant long necklace along for your walk down the aisle. The only rule? You do you, girl.

Kendra Scott Teagan Drop Earrings ($140), Dannijo Dulce ($195) + Lulu Frost Nova Pendant Lariat Necklace ($288)

Sweetheart

What to wear with it: Drop earrings, collar necklaces, shoulder necklaces (if taking the strapless route)

Like a straight strapless style, the popular sweetheart neckline is incredibly versatile — especially if you’re working with a strapless silhouette. Stick to a single piece of scene-stealing jewelry — drop earrings, a collar necklace or a shoulder necklace — to keep your look from feeling over the top.

Banana Republic Velvet Jewel Tone Necklace ($98), Sara Gabriel Reina Shoulder Necklace ($320), Cornelia Webb Gold-Plated Marble Earrings ($275) + J.Crew Dangling Floral Earrings ($65)

Square

What to wear with it: Statement necklace, hair accessories

Since square necklines typically come with sleeves or straps, drop earrings have the potential to compete with details like embellishments, embroidery or lace. The style does, however, perfectly frame the chest, leaving a blank canvas to jazz it up with a stunning collar necklace. Alternatively, you could ditch the idea entirely and rock a rad headpiece or tiara instead. Bow down.

J.Crew Double Strand Crystal Necklace ($118), Kate Spade New York “Bouquet” Faux Pearl Statement Necklace ($298) + Justin & Taylor Kassia Halo ($180)

Off-the-Shoulder

What to wear with it: Statement earrings, collar necklaces, chokers, earcuffs

With an off-the-shoulder silhouette, you have a lot of room to work with. Balance out bare shoulders with chokers, collar necklaces or statement earrings to draw the eye upward and add a punch of personality to your look. If you’re feeling daring, ditch the traditional drops for a scene-stealing earcuff instead.

Mango Metal Pendant Earrings ($20), Marchesa Mismatched Cluster Crystal Earrings ($78), Kate Spade New York Faux Pearl Collar Necklace ($88)

Plunge

What to wear with it: Lariats, chokers, small earrings

While your first instinct might be to cover up, lovely lariats aren’t the only option when it comes to accessorizing a look-at-me plunge-neck gown. Petite earrings and a choker will lend a delicate touch to the look, but won’t compete with your head-turning gown.

AdornMonde Jean Rose Gold Crystal Lariat Necklace ($72), BaubleBar Vortex Crystal Choker ($68) + Kate Spade New York “Color Crush” Drop Earrings ($128)

High-Neck

What to wear with it: Hair accessories

Since a high neckline nixes traditional pieces like earrings and necklaces from the equation, go ahead and give your hair the glam treatment. Be it an embellished comb, a goddess-approved hairpiece or a tiara worthy of royalty, hair accessories will add wow factor to your look without detracting from your dress.

BHLDN Sweet Pea Comb ($140), Urban Outfitters Golden Flower Halo Headband ($20), Free People Comet Clip ($14), Free People Deco Wing Bun Cuff ($28)

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