What Kind of Necklace Would You Wear With a Strapless Prom Dress?

by Stacey Kole
Carrie Underwood rocks a crystal bib necklace with a black strapless gown at the Grammy Awards.

Carrie Underwood rocks a crystal bib necklace with a black strapless gown at the Grammy Awards.

Strapless dresses are a quintessential fashion choice for weddings, galas and, of course, a teen girl's prom. After finding that perfect strapless frock, all that’s left to complete a formal outfit is a little bit of accessorizing. Styling a strapless dress with on-trend jewelry is easy, because a strapless number is the ideal canvas for virtually any type of neck adornment. From multi-layered strands to stones and baubles, the right statement-making necklace for your daughter's big night is just a shopping trip away.

Jeweled Statement Necklaces

A neutral-toned strapless dress -- think white, black or silver -- gains richness and a pop of color when paired with a large costume-jeweled necklace. Pick a piece that interweaves a metallic, like gold, with eye-catching faux stones. For example, a black satin ball gown takes on an elegant appearance with an emerald or sapphire-blue colored necklace, while a silver strapless dress is perfectly complemented by amethyst stones. Stick with crystals and jewel tones to keep the look sophisticated -- perfect for a prom princess.

Multi-Layered Strands

A strapless gown in bright fuchsia, yellow or tangerine doesn’t necessarily require additional color in the mix. Layers of chains -- gold, silver, pewter, graphite or even a mix of all of the above -- infuse edginess into the overall look. If you'd like to add extra interest, a combination of chains with dainty stones, like lightly colored Lucite, is a way to incorporate a drop of color and bring an added element to a basic multi-chain look.

Bib Necklaces

For a "notice me" necklace, search no further than a bib. A bib necklace -- a large, thick piece of at least three rows of beads, pearls or stones with a single-chain neck attachment -- is the height of drama. Multi-colored baubles, antique metals and gems, or mineralized stones are all building blocks of these high-fashion pieces. Because such a necklace speaks volumes on its own, pair it with a dress that isn’t too busy. Choose from a multitude of light-hued, solid-colored strapless gowns -- think a muted green, pastel pink, ivory or black -- and rock it with a bib necklace for trend-setting glam.

Simple Pendants

When a dress is heavily sequined, stoned or beaded, or incorporates a graphic print with intricate style elements, keep the jewelry simple. Choose a delicate, single-strand chain with a drop pendant. Wear it long -- past the strapless dress line -- for a more casual, trend-setting look. Or have it hit an inch above the material of your strapless dress and rest on your chest for a sweet, feminine vibe. Play with both chain and pendant colors. For example, a rose-gold metal chain and a pink crystal drop looks striking if your gown is a vibrant mix of black, purple and pink. Or, pick an all-silver chain with a black or clear crystal pendant if you’re wearing a black sequined gown.

About the Author

Stacey Kole was managing editor of the International fashion and beauty publication Savvy where she penned stories on all things beauty and style, while writing cover stories on such celebrities as Victoria Hudgens and Julianne Hough. She continues to write for a variety of online fashion, beauty and health publications.

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