What Type of Accessories Do You Wear With a Strapless Short Dress?

Laura Dundovic shows that a sequin strapless dress requires nothing more than a minaudiere clutch and simple studs.
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A short, strapless dress can be as easy-breezy as a floral sundress or as glam as an embellished cocktail dress. The accessories you choose should largely be determined by the elements of your frock. Keep jewelry understated if the dress is busy, beaded or sequined, but add larger, eye-catching pieces if your strapless dress is a simple design or in a solid color.

1 Statement Pieces

A simple strapless dress, such as a fitted frock in a neutral hue, can handle bold additions. Rock a colorful bib necklace that hits near the collar bone, or layer several long, mixed-metal chains. Big neck pieces mean a small stud earring is all you need, but nix the necklaces and you can wear big, sparkly drops. For example, pair crystal chandelier earrings with a fuchsia strapless dress and add a chunky metallic cuff. You can also wear an armful of faux-gem bangle bracelets to pick up a color in your strapless dress. A basic dress also allows for an embellished clutch; or, if your dress is a casual style, pick a handbag in a bright, complementary color for added interest without going over the top.

2 Subtle Additions

If your strapless dress has ruffles, pleating, beads or other embellishments on the bodice, either wear no necklace at all or a delicate silver or gold chain with a dainty pendant. You can also opt for medium-sized metallic or rhinestone hoops and a thin bracelet. If your dress is all sequins or a bold, graphic print, wear basic studs and a cocktail ring and let the dress stand on its own. A minaudiere clutch in a brushed metallic or tonal hue is the ideal way to carry your essentials without detracting from your standout frock. If you’re rocking a day dress, a small leather shoulder bag will have the same effect.

Stacey Kole holds a Master's Degree in Education and has written for a variety of education publications. She also was managing editor of the International fashion and beauty publication Savvy, penning cover stories on such celebrities as Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne Hough.