Popular Prom Jewelry: Bracelets, Earrings Necklaces and More by:Rachel Jackson
The jewelry you choose to wear to your senior or junior prom is just as important as the dress you decide to wear. Prom for many teenagers is one of the most memorable nights of their lives. The right accessories can look great with your style and compliment the dress and hairdo you sport that evening. On the other hand, the wrong jewelry can look out of place or overwhelm your overall look making you look tacky. Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect prom bracelets, earrings, necklaces and more.
Tip #1: Buy your dress before you buy your jewelry.
Choosing your jewelry highly limits the dress choices you have. When you choose large necklaces, for example, most halter-top dresses won't work well, and if you go for smaller earrings and a smaller necklace, your neck may look too stark if you go for a strapless dress and an up-do hairstyle. Your dress is the main feature for the evening, so purchase it first and then buy jewelry to match your dress style and color.
Tip #2: Buy jewelry that matches, but not necessarily in a jewelry set.
While many retailers are selling jewelry sets, jewelry often looks great when you pair up different styles that are the same color. If you choose to wear a classic black dress, vibrant pink jewelry would adorn it nicely. As long as you get the same color jewelry, a chunky bracelet, tear-drop earrings, and a long necklace with a bright pink charm would perfectly complete your look. At the same time, many people make the mistake of choosing jewelry that is the same metal but has nothing else in common, which looks piecemeal and can be tacky. Instead, look for pieces that have similar shapes and styles. Lay the jewelry out in front of you with a swatch from your dress to see how it works together before making any purchase.
Tip #3: Choose at least one large piece that creates a bold statement.
Prom 2009 is all about making a bold statement. Many girls choose to make their statement with jewelry instead of their dress. If this is the case for you, choose a simple dress and at least one large piece of jewelry that makes a valiant statement about your style. Brightly colored or patterned chunky bracelets are extremely popular as well as choker-style necklaces that drape over your collar bone for that stunning regal look. Do not be afraid to think outside of the box when it comes to your jewelry, especially if you have chosen a subtler, classic dress design.
Tip #4: Do not forget about jewelry for your hair.
Most people look for rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and even anklets for the prom. This year consider adding a little sparkle with some jewelry for your hair. You can find everything from pearl and rhinestone headbands to jeweled flower clips that can add to the beauty of your hair style. Hair jewelry does not work with every style, so talk to your hairstylist before spending money on pieces to ensure that they will work with the hair style you want to wear to prom.
Tip #5: Set a price for your jewelry before you start shopping.
No matter what your budget or style may be, you can find great jewelry for prom. However, if you do not set a limit for yourself, you will likely end up spending too much. High-end jewelry can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Keep in mind that your prom is a night when you will be dancing in a crowd and carrying on without a care in the world. It is easy to lose pieces of jewelry so stick to a more modest budget and leave your grandmother's heirloom gold and pearl earrings at home for another night.
Tip #6: Go gold in 2009.
Gold jewelry is another hot trend for 2009. If you already purchased a metallic dress, gold may be a little overwhelming and in this case go with a different color jewelry theme such as pink or black. Gold jewelry can work with just about any other color dress, from classic black and white to pink and more. Even if your dress has a bold print, you can choose subtle gold jewelry to wear that will complete your desired look. Remember to not overdo your appearance where it gets in the way of your natural beauty.
Tip #7: Choose long-lasting pieces.
Whatever pieces of jewelry you choose should look great against your skin tone and work well with the rest of your wardrobe, not just the prom dress that you will most likely only wear once or twice. How much are you willing to spend on a piece of jewelry that you only wear once? On the other hand, you will probably feel more comfortable shelling out more hard-earned money for a necklace or earrings that you know you will still be wearing years from now. "Evergreen" jewelry pieces never go out of style and work just as well with jeans as they do with a formal dress.
It is important to remember that all of your prom fashion, including your dress, shoes, and jewelry, needs to correspond with your personal style. It is more important that you love how you look on your prom night than trying to keep up with the latest fashion trends.
About the author
Rachel Jackson is a freelance writer who writes about fashion and clothing for teens such as prom jewelry.