Stylist Advice on Accessories for Prom

KIMMIE SMITH is a stylist and accessory expert who shares her advice regularly on fashion and accessory style segments on major TV networks. She has also been a brand ambassador for brands like Aveeno, Avon, and Microsoft.

Tip # 1 Accessorize with a theme in mind whether it's based on color or a fashion trend so it's easier to pull your look together.

Tip #2 Don't be afraid to introduce a new color into your accessories. It's a great way to make them stand out if you're opting to wear a dress that is black or a neutral shade.

Tip # 3 Accessories are more than just your shoes, clutch, earrings etc. - don't forget about other ways to enhance your look with hair accessories or a brooch.

Tip # 4 The accessories that you wear to your prom can also be worked within a number of your day-to-day outfits.

Tip # 5 When deciding about your earrings, take into account what looks best whether you're wearing your hair down or as an updo.

Okay, you’ve done the big part. A dress is by far the most crucial piece of prom paraphernalia you will need to peruse. But you shouldn’t underplay the importance of accessories. You are a whole package; Head to toe, shoes to hair! So let’s talk trinkets…

The most obvious accessory is jewelry; so let’s start there. Jewelry can play an important part in you prom night ensemble. It accents your gown, and it enhances your own personal style! Whether that style is simple and classic, or funky and daring, there is a bauble out there that makes your statement. You should know it’s important not to wear too much jewelry. As I said, jewelry is there to accent and enhance. Even a beautiful piece may overwhelm the look of the dress. If a lot of jewelry is your style, you might want to down play it this night. Most prom dresses are fine with a minimum of jewelry. Simple earrings and an elegant and tasteful necklace will do the trick. My favorite accessory is a classic set of pearls. They are sexy and they reek of class! And if you don’t have them, you can borrow your mom’s.

But speaking of mom, I suggest that before you raid her jewelry box, or go out and splurge on expensive jewelry, you think of the look you are trying to go for. Expensive trinkets are flashy, “and diamonds may be a girl’s best friend,” but you don’t always need gems to enhance a dress. Consider tying you ensemble together with a simple ribbon. Use the same color for a finished look, or try a contrasting color to make a bold statement. You could even make your own jewelry! Just give yourself plenty of time.

You could even forego jewelry all together, and opt for hair accessories; maybe clips with Bavarian crystal by UMA of New York.

Along with adding beauty to your look, you should think about accessories that serve a purpose. The weather may be wonderful the night of your prom, but you shouldn’t count on it. And you know what, who cares? This is a perfect opportunity to further accessorize! Add a sophisticated touch with a wrap. Wraps can be anything from a faux fur stole to dainty scarf to a well-placed cardigan. It depends on the look you are trying to achieve. Try a shawl or a scarf with a funky pattern. It’s all up to you.

Last but certainly not least, is the ”all-important” purse. A purse, clutch, or bag is the finishing touch to the perfect outfit. And not only is it the cherry on top, but is vital for carrying necessary items. Just remember to choose something small so you don’t have to be bothered with a bulky bag the whole night. Your bag only needs to fit a few items.