What Type of Jewelry to Wear With a White Cocktail Dress?

Actress Emmy Rossum rocks a white cocktail dress with a sparkling metallic necklace at a West Hollywood charity event in 2012.
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Gone are the days when a cocktail dress was synonymous for little black dress. Dazzling white is a striking alternative when you’re looking for an eye-catching way to stand out in the crowd. Accessorize with a variety of jewelry looks -- as a go-with-everything neutral, white’s glammed-up options are virtually endless.

1 All That Glitters

Gold, rose-gold, silver and bronze are just a few of the metals that elegantly finish a white cocktail dress. If your frock has any sort of embellishment details, don metallic pieces to match the finish; if the dress is plain, the sky’s the limit. Stack a variety of bangles in different shapes, sizes and finishes on your arm for a little edge, or keep the look refined with dangling rose-gold earrings or a silver pendant. For added glam, choose pieces with rhinestones, pearls or AB-crystals -- think sparkling chandelier earrings or a gold-plated rhinestone bib necklace.

2 Eye-Catching Color

White is a striking canvas on which to display a pop of color. To keep the look refined, don’t overdo the vivid hue -- use it sparingly and strategically for a chic effect. Rock a strapless white cocktail dress with long, layered necklaces that feature colorful stones, opt for dangling jade-green earrings to frame your face, or let a coral cocktail ring contrast against your bright white frock.

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.