Your final school year draws to a close before the relative freedom of college or Sixth Form. Your GCSE’s are looming ever closer, you feel nowhere near as prepared as you should be. And, to add insult to injury, you’ve got the added stress of choosing what you should wear for The Prom!
Even when you’ve finally settled on a dress you love, there is the Prom jewellery chose.
You will want to wear some special jewellery which must both suit the outfit you are wearing but not detract from it.
Well, here at Carathea are here to help you simplify your choice. Call it the Prom Style Guide, if you like, but we find it works a treat.
This process is easy to apply for any special occasion. Jewellery for a ball gown, a Black-Tie event, a wedding outfit.
Narrow the Choice Down
It sounds a bit simplistic but it’s absolutely true, the best way of choosing jewellery for a Prom (or jewellery for any special occasion) is by narrowing the options down. Too much choice makes it way more difficult!
When you’re left with just a few items to choose from, selecting the right piece becomes easier. A final process of elimination with the last three or four items can ensure you settle on the perfect piece for our outfit.
Once you have the outfit, the next step is to think about the style of dress you have to narrow down the best pieces of jewellery to match.
1. Decide on the Outfit!
We are assuming you have chosen your outfit already. That should be the priority.
If you haven’t you may find our blog ‘What Jewellery Style Are You?’ helpful.
2. Match The Style of Your Dress
Your Prom jewellery should match the style of outfit without overwhelming it. Don’t go overboard with the jewels, or else you will end up detracting attention from your dress and your face.
The points you need to consider with your dress are:
With a dress that is big and flouncy you can push the boundaries a little and match it with some larger, more extravagant-looking stone-set, jewellery in complimentary colours to your dress.
Your jewellery should meet the degree of flamboyance of your dress but stay the lesser side of it, if you know what we mean. Unless you have a simple, classic dress and then you can dress it up with your jewellery.
A sequined bodice or a frilly neckline may look better without wearing a necklace or pendant but a beautiful pair of sparkling drop earrings instead.
If your dress has a V-shaped neckline, try wearing a pendant which follows the shape of the neckline.
The pendant shouldn’t hang from too long a chain or else the pendant will disappear inside your dress. Memorise where the top of your dress sits and try the pendant on beforehand and, if too long, see if you can swap the chain for a shorter one (we regularly do this, and vice versa if the chain is too short, for customers).
Round or Sweetheart Necklines
A rounded or sweetheart neckline will call for a shorter necklace, with a more rounded shape.
A strapless, shoulder-less dress will look fabulous with a more extravagant necklace or pendant. A shorter rounded style necklace or a pendant (in either a heavy or minimalist style) will look great – remember what suits your personality the best.
Equally, not wearing a necklace at all with a strapless dress is just as effective but try, instead, going fancy with the earrings.
3. Consider Your Hair
How Much Jewellery Is Enough?
Should you wear a necklace, a bracelet and earrings? How much is too much jewellery?
Don’t feel you must wear all three together.
If the item is sparkly, colourful or really eye-catching then two of the three is probably all that you need.
Again, it’s important to consider the outfit you are wearing – a embellished dress may look overdone with equally sparkling jewellery.
Our beautiful Coeur de Lion range is a perfect example of this. A necklace worn with the matching earrings or the bracelet worn with the matching earrings is sometimes all you need, rather than the complete set of necklace, earrings and bracelet.
Coeur de Lion is an exqusite range of jewellery to wear for a special occasion like a Prom, Wedding or Ball. Their pieces are real show-stoppers, which are hand made using Swarovski crystal for eye-catching sparkle and feature the most beautiful colours.
Cubic Zirconia or Diamond
An absolute favourite for an special occasion is, understandably, diamond. But if you want the look and sparkle of diamond without the hefty price tag consider cubic zirconia.
A firm favourite with our customers is the Diamonfire brand. Consisting of a stunning range of silver and cubic zirconia jewellery, including a bridal selection. Each of the stones they use in their range have been cut with 57 facets, just like a brilliant cut diamond.
Because cubic zirconia’s are also flawless and colourless (achieving two of the four C’s used in grading diamonds) this produces a degree of dazzle and sparkle that can only be matched by diamonds.
The range includes simple solitaires to full necklaces.
Bracelets can often be overlooked when choosing jewellery for your Prom, yet a simple bracelet can make an outfit even without wearing a necklace.
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