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Matching Jewellery to Your Prom Dress

Prom night is so special. It’s one of those events that you’ll look back on years down the line. That’s why we spend so much time on the preparation: we want things to be perfect. Perfection can be stressful so we’re here to help with some tips on how to best match your jewellery to your prom dress.


Introduce a colour that complements your gown. For example, gold coloured jewellery flatters warm earthy tones like green, yellow and orange. Silver pieces are the opposite and can enhance pastels, neutrals and bold colours. Be careful though, as you don’t want your jewellery to clash with your hair and outfit, which can happen if you mix and match too much.

If you’re looking for earrings, you may need to consider the hairstyle you want to wear as well as the detailing of your dress. If there are detailed embellishments on the neck and shoulders of your dress go for small delicate earrings to avoid overwhelming your look.

Also, you don’t want your earrings and hairstyle to clash and compete for attention. Wear neat and dainty earrings if your hair will be in an elaborate style, whether it be down or up. If your hairstyle is going to be simple and understated, you can opt for more eye-catching earrings in a bold striking colour.

There are similar considerations when it comes to bracelets. If your dress is cool toned, meaning it has blues or violets, silver bracelets look super glamourous. If your dress contains colours that are warm, and include pinks, oranges and yellows, you should consider wearing gold accent pieces.


Your gown’s neckline is very important to consider when choosing a necklace. Some dresses can be very elaborate around the neckline, so don’t be afraid to keep it bare. High neck, halter, asymmetric and boat necklines are good examples of this. If you want to wear something, think neat, small, and a short chain.

A scoop neckline can be very adaptable to different types of necklaces. In our opinion, we would opt for a statement necklace or something simple with a small pendant.

Another neckline that always suits a statement necklace is the sweetheart, this is because the bust is bare and a large sparkly accessory can help balance it out.

Simple pendant chain necklaces can flatter deep V neck, off-shoulder and square necklines. With a deep V neck, the chain should be long enough to slightly imitate the neckline and would look most effective with a pair of matching earrings. With off-shoulder and square necklines, keep the chain quite short to prevent the pendant merging into your dress.

Strapless dresses that do not have a lot of detailing will be the perfect canvas to show off a larger statement necklace. Statement necklaces that hit the neck at just the right length are a great idea.


If you’re wearing clothes with busy patterns or heavy embellishment – such as sequins, ruffles or bold embroidery – you want to keep your jewellery simple and delicate. Accessorising a loud outfit with louder jewellery can look cluttered and overwhelming, Resulting in the finer details getting lost in the mix. On the flip-side, chunky statement jewellery and bold gemstones work fabulously with more minimalist garments.

A few other pointers

Personal style

Don’t feel the need to become an entirely different person for your prom. You already have your own style so stay true to that, unless you want to try out something different just for fun! If you don’t love fuss, stay simple with subtle accessories or just one item.


Be comfortable enough in what you’re wearing that you can enjoy the night. You don’t want to spend the whole night feeling self-conscious, or uncomfortable.

Coco Chanel’s advice

She said several pretty wise things. We’re picking out one for you here:

“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory”

But, remember, just because it’s Coco Chanel, you don’t have to follow the advice - just something to consider.

If you’re still looking for your perfect prom dress, contact a member of Lily’s Boutique today, and we’ll be happy to help you.

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