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How to match your earrings with your dress

If you’re headed out for a night on the town and slipping on your favorite dress, chances are you’re deciding which earrings to wear as well. Before you pick, read this short post on how to match your earrings with your dress!

What’s your (dress) type?

Short dress

Slender gemstone teardrop earrings are perfect for summertime short dresses, as they give a slimming effect to the face and neck.

Long dress

wedding dress with jewelryLong dresses go well with elaborate earrings and more intricate accessorizing. Multi-tiered or faceted earrings are perfect with long, smocked dresses and empire-waist beach gowns, and colorful chandelier earrings are perfect with beautiful, colored long dresses.

Vintage dress

Summer is a great time to go vintage, and if you’re wearing a vintage dress from Nasty Gal or the like, picking fun novelty resin or plastic earrings can help put the final, light-hearted touch to your outfit. Designs such as large plastic hot pink, animals, or vintage toys are perfect choices.

Cocktail or Modern dress

Feeling a bit muted? If you’re wearing a dress with neutral hues including black, white, grey, or beige, try on some vibrantly colored earrings with a bit of asymmetry – such as red coral cluster earrings, glass earrings, or intense indigo beaded earrings.

What’s your personality?

When choosing what type of earrings to go with your dress, you should also consider your personality, or the look you want to achieve.

The Classic Look

Pearl or diamond stud earrings are always a beautiful bet

Going Glam

Chandelier earrings, large colored gemstone earrings, or diamond-halo jewelry always add some glamour.

The Playful Look

Chunky earrings, colorful plastic or resin material, or unique, non-traditional objects are always good playful choices.

What if it’s my wedding?

If you’re looking for earrings to match to your wedding dress, then there’s a slightly different set of guidelines.

Golden Rule: Don’t Overdo Your Jewelry

Why? Because you are the star of your wedding day, not the earrings you choose.

White gown

Stick to pearl or platinum earrings, as gold draws too much attention away from the dress.

Diamond white gown

Diamond white is barely off-color white, so this works well with gold or silver earrings, or any slightly modified version of each (e.g., rose gold or pearl)

Ivory gown

This beautiful candlelight shade sometimes has soft yellow undertones, and so gold earrings highlight the creamy tint of your soft white gown.

Final note – It’s fun to choose a colored gemstone to add a bit of color to your wedding day jewelry. For instance, if you’re a December baby, brilliant blue tanzanite might be your choice for beautiful tanzanite engagement rings. Or you can match your jewelry to your wedding colors.


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