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Let's face it. There's more to prom fashion then the dress, even though it took you months and dozens of fashion magazines to find it. Accessories can make or break a gorgeous prom gown and are must-haves for finishing off your red carpet look. But no worries . . . this year's accessories offer simple yet defining options.
A small beaded bag or an Asian print clutch will both compliment your prom gown and give you a stylish option for carrying essentials like lip gloss, bobby pins, spray, breath mints and extra cash. Purses should be simple so you are not drawing attention away from your dress.
Jewelry should also compliment the dress, not distract from it. Simple pearls worn close to the neck (choker style) work well for girls with athletic builds and those with hourglass or curvy figures. Shorter strands (a bit longer than choker style) compliment pear shaped figures and longer strands that drop down into the bust look great on fuller figures.
Bracelets work for any body type. Just avoid clangy metal, cheap plastic or wood designs and stick with gemstones or small beads. If you choose gloves, wear your bracelets over them, but not your rings (and always remove your gloves during dinner).
Choose medium to long earrings (especially if your hair is up) with geometric designs, delicate stone clusters or sparkling rhinestones. Avoid clunky earrings and save the heavy hoops to wear with your jeans and after prom t-shirt. Brooches are also a hot item this season. A jeweled brooch pinned to your waist or dress strap will help you make your glam entrance.
As you saunter toward your limo in your high heeled sandals, wear a light shawl draped around your uppers arms for a flirty look. And don't forget your most valuable prom night accessory . . . your gorgeous smile!