There is no question that a necklace can add just the right finishing touch to almost any outfit and bridesmaid dresses are no exception. With so many styles, lengths and colors to choose from, how do you find just the right bridesmaid necklace to fit the theme of the wedding and flatter the bridesmaid dresses? Below are a few simple tips to follow that may help!
1. Stay Within Your Wedding Theme
To help narrow down your choices, you will want to first consider the theme of your wedding. Think about the location and setting of your wedding, as you’ll want to select accessories that are appropriate. For an outdoor garden or beach wedding, you may want to choose a slightly more casual necklace. A light and airy necklace that is sprinkled with freshwater pearls or a simple gemstone drop necklace may be the perfect choice. A formal wedding allows for dressier bridesmaid necklaces. Shimmering necklaces made with gemstones or crystals will really sparkle in the lights at an evening wedding!
2. Choose a Color
The color of the bridesmaid dresses will also help determine your selection. The necklaces that you choose do not necessarily need to exactly match the wedding decoration or bridesmaid dress color. Crystal, freshwater pearls and gemstones come in a variety of shades and the best idea may be to select a necklace in a shade that flatters the dresses, rather than matching the color. Many brides select their bridesmaid’s jewelry in neutral shades, like champagne or clear crystal, cream or white freshwater pearls or light colored gemstones. Accessories in warmer tones, like ivory and champagne will generally flatter warmer dress colors like tan and orange. Pair cool toned accessories with dresses that are in cooler shades, like purple, blue or pink.
3. Consider the Necklines
Think about the neckline of the bridesmaid dresses and what type of necklace will look best with it. For a scoop or V-neckline, select a fashion jewellery necklace that follows the cut of the neckline without crowding it. A necklace that ranges in length from 16 to 18 inches should work well.
Consider wearing a relaxed choker-length necklace to flatter jewel (high cut round) and bateau (straight across from shoulder to shoulder) necklines. Whether you prefer a simple necklace or a chunky multi-strand necklace, any style that is around 15 to 17 inches in length should overlap the top of the neckline slightly, which will really complement the neckline.
Sweetheart and strapless necklines are extremely versatile and leave a lot of room to show off a beautiful necklace! Almost any type of choker, necklace or pendant will look great. Choose one that is less than 20 inches in length so that it won’t overlap the top of the dress.
More and more brides are opting for bridesmaid dresses that are not identical. If this is the case, you will want to take the varying necklines of the dresses into consideration. If you would like to purchase the same necklaces for all of your bridesmaids, you have several excellent options, as there some necklace styles that will work with almost any neckline. For instance, a simple chain with a single pearl drop may be a perfect accent to the dresses. Look for freshwater pearl necklaces that have extender chains to make them adjustable in length at least 1 inch, if possible. This is an easy way to accommodate the different neckline styles, as well as making sure that the necklaces will fit everyone properly.
Long necklaces and lariats are extremely versatile and can be worn several different ways to accommodate the varying necklines. Long necklaces that range in length from about 36 to 46 inches can be worn single, double or sometimes even triple-strand. Lariats are open ended long necklaces with no clasp that can be wrapped and tied in a number of different ways. Purchase the same long necklace for everyone and each bridesmaid can wear her necklace in the manner that best flatters her dress.