Jewelry for Bridesmaids

More often than not, bridesmaids’ dresses languish in garment bags at the back of the closet or make their way to charity organizations. Bridesmaids’ jewelry, on the other hand, can be a cherished keepsake that will be worn again and again while serving the dual purposes of pulling the team’s look together and thanking them for their service. Just like the dresses, jewelry can be uniform or different for each bridesmaid, but either way, it should complement the dress cut and style. Dresses are most often distinguished by their necklines, so here are our suggestions to match nine of the most popular ones (bonus: we tried to keep our suggestion as wedding-budget friendly as possible!).

Straight-Across Strapless necklines showcase the décolletage and lengthen the neck, making it a popular choice for full chested women. It’s a neckline that invites something short (on the collar bone) but bolda multi strand necklace or something chunky and bright.

A Sweetheart Strapless is a bit “girlier” and would look pretty with a dainty station necklace with CZs or pearls. Or, echo the shape of the neckline with a heart charm or pendant.

Dipped V-Neck elongates the torso making it a universally flattering choice. Complement the shape with a small (but sparkly!) pendant on a chain long enough to create its own V but not too long to get lost (18 to 22 inch should work).

Halter Tops are considered to have a softening effect on broad shoulders, but the wrap-around straps will get in the way of necklaces. A crystal bead wrap bracelet in colors to match most any dress can lengthen the arms and draw attention away from the shoulder. For a more formal look, go for pearls.

Jewel Neck, also known as the t-shirt neckline, flatters petite women and can be dressed up with a busy necklace that overlaps the fabric or a low-hanging locket & charms cluster necklace.

One Shoulder or Asymmetrical dresses beg bold bracelets or cuffs to balance the look. Try something flirty or lively to complement the dynamic nature of the dress or be a goddess with something a little more glamorous.

Illusion or Sheer Paneled tops have a demure grace best accented with earringsnecklaces will either get lost or clash with the fabric. Light catching dangles or subtly colored teardrop pearls would be classy choices for these dresses. Brides who are worried about non-pierced or sensitive ears can opt for vintage style sparkly hair accessories.

Bateau or Boat-Neck designs have a bit of a retro flair and are popular for sunny, daytime affairs. Frequently worn with flats or kitten heelsa themed anklet can be complementary in a cute and edgy way. A ‘groovy’ mother-of-pearl pendant or a Jackie Kennedy inspired bangle would certainly fit the retro bill too.

Scoop or Square Necklines can vary in depth but have wider straps or sleeves that create a focused frame that’s perfect for sternum-length pendants. Cameos would complement full length dresses, while a pearl and gemstone pendant would work for shorter, sun-dress length frocks.

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