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Top 10 Prom Accessories

May 07, 2012

Picking the perfect dress is only part of the story -- the accessories can make (or break) a look. This year, we've picked the glitteriest, sparkliest, and most practical accessories that will bring out your sparkle and help you shine on your big night!

1. Crystal Swirled Tiara

Crystal Swirled TiaraCrystal Swirled TiaraCourtesy of Claire's

...Or any tiara, for that matter. With the Royal Wedding's first anniversary celebration in every fashion magazine, the princess look is very much at the top of everyone's mind when it comes to event wear. It's your prom night -- be a princess for the evening!

 

 

 

2. Knotted Teardrop Earrings

Knotted Chain EarringsKnotted Chain EarringsCourtesy of Payless

The teardrop style is all over celebrity magazines right now, and it's hot for good reason. Whether your hair is dark or light, long or short, they frame your face and reflect light on each side, highlighting your cheekbones and spotlighting your eyes. When choosing your jeweled accessories for the evening, pick a color scheme and stick with it. For this showcase, we chose silver and crystal. You could easily choose gold and emerald green, for example, or any other jewel tones and precious metallic colors you'd like.

 

3. Angel Wings ring

Angel Wings RingAngel Wings RingCourtesy of Shop Bijou

18-year-old American Idol finalist Hollie Cavanagh wore a ring lik this as she wowed crowds with her powerful voice on camera in front of millions of fans. Chances are she won't have time to go to her prom this year, but if she did, she'd probably wear this ring!

 

 

 

4. Bow Necklace

Paris Hilton Inspired Bow NecklaceParis Hilton Inspired Bow NecklaceCourtesy of Drugstore.com

Paris Hilton made this simple bow necklace popular a couple of years ago and it hasn't gone out of style for good reason. A simple necklace that falls just below your shoulderblades makes your neck look longer and more elegant whether your hair is in an updo, is short (and spotlighted with a metallic headband), or tumbles gracefully down your back. Plus, the bow is like the topper on an elegant present - perfect for showcasing your many gifts. 

 

 

5. Ribbon Belt

Rhinestone Encrusted SashRhinestone Encrusted SashCourtesy of J. Crew

Express your style and make your dress unique by tying a sparkly ribbon belt at your waist. Color-blocking - wearing items that are a single, stand-out color - is very big this season, especially in prom dresses. Once you dress up your look with accessories, you may find your cinched waist is missing something. A ribbon belt helps break up that block of color, complement your accessories, and play up your waistline.

 

 

 

 

6. Stretch Bracelet

Enchanted Evening Stretch BraceletEnchanted Evening Stretch BraceletCourtesy of Claire's

Definitely opt for a bracelet instead of a watch (check your cell phone for the time, if you must, Cinderella) so you can enjoy the evening without constantly worrying what time it is. This wide, bold bracelet is stretchy, so it won't dangle and jangle up and down your forearm while you dance the night away. Light blue jeweled accents add to the glow and sparkle and break up the mass of silver detailwork on the bracelet. If you're planning on dancing a lot, don't go for bangles, which can be uncomfortable and make a lot of noise when you're moving around so much.

 

7. Jeweled Hairpins

Hair Jewelry PinsHair Jewelry PinsCourtesy of Amazon.com

The expression "gilding a lily" literally means dipping a flower in gold. What it means is that you're taking something naturally beautiful and going over the top in an effort to make it something beautiful in a completely different, artificial way. We don't want anyone doing that on their prom night! These jeweled hairpins are a subtly beautiful way of adding a little sparkle to an updo. Space them unevenly throughout dark hair and they look like stars in the night sky. Naturally dazzling, and not at all "too much".

8. Beaded Sequinned Clutch Purse

Sequinned purseSequinned purseCourtesy of Amazon.com

A handbag should be large enough to hold a cell phone, cash, an emergency credit card, touch-up lipstick, pressed powder (see below), extra bobby pins and safety pins, tissues, house keys, and touch-up makeup. It should be small enough to fit comfortably in your hand. And it should be attractive enough to accent your outfit. This antique style silver purse has the added bonus of hideaway straps, so you can carry it as a clutch, hold it on your wrist, or sling it over your shoulder. It's like a dressed up Girl Scout accessory -- you'll always be prepared!

9. Pressed powder oil absorbing sheets

Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing SheetsClean and Clear Oil Absorbing SheetsCourtesy of Drugstore.com

Bringing out your inner glow has nothing to do with shiny skin! Stay camera-ready all evening with a set of oil absorbing sheets. The perfect size for guys' pockets or girls' purses, this tiny packet contains enough wipes for you and your companions for the evening. Take one out and discreetly dab your face where you usually look oily -- cheeks, nose, forehead, chin -- just before grand entrances and photo ops.

 

 

 

 

10. Dyeable Sparkly Shoes

Sari Dyeable ShoesSari Dyeable ShoesCourtesy of Zappos

These peep-toe shoes can show off your lovely pedicure and add a little height, but are still comfortable enough to dance in all night long. Best of all, they're not just sparkly, they're dyeable, too. Get them dyed to match your dress exactly and you'll really pull your look together in a beautiful, sophisticated way. No need to run around town with a swatch of your dress trying to match the color, or trying to figure out what color shoes go with your emerald green cocktail dress. Just have them dyed and you'll be perfectly in sync!

 

 

Have Your Say

Which accessories do you love for Prom? Share your thoughts below!

 

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Hmm, okay, well I'll try to give you the best advice that I can, Error. So you say you don't like your friend for a number of reasons: Liar, bad influence, uses swear words, too blunt, etc. I feel like some of these could be over-looked, such as the swearing and the 'bad influence' part. Really, all you have to do is just not copy her actions, and they won't be influential at all. If you disagree, it shouldn't be hard to just refuse to follow in her steps. However, lying isn't the best quality I would look for in a friend.  She doesn't seem like an enjoyable person to be around in general, which is why you are making this post, obviously. But I'm gonna ask you something here. Don't you think that, in a way, you're lying too? You're pretending to be her friend solely for purposes of monetary value because, I assume, your family cannot pay for or get you to gymnastic class themselves. If this is true, that's kind of bad, isn't it? It sounds like, to me, that your friendship isn't exactly a healthy relationship at all. But I'm gonna sympathize with you, since I know gymnastics must be important to you, and you wouldn't be doing this if you didn't have a good reason. So, what should you do about it? Well, personally I think there are a few things you could do. You could stop being her friend, therefore no longer having to deal with her; but in the process lose access to your gymnastics class and have to look for it in another way. On the flip side, you could continue to put up with her, which would probably not be in your best interests, but you'd still get to attend your class. Or, you could try talking to her about it. Ask her what she really thinks of your friendship, if she actually values you as her friend. Maybe you two can talk about problems that you're having with each other and work on fixing them. This option could have negative effects, since she might want to stop being your friend or things could become very awkward after that. But it's probably your best bet to be honest with her, as you'd hope she would be with you. How about if you tried being really nice to her? Kindness is contagious, and perhaps if you treat her well enough, she'll start doing the same to you. I feel like maybe if you complimented her, told her things that you really like about her, maybe even got her gifts or made her food once in a while, that she would come to appreciate you and all that you do for her. And in turn, she might start to respect you more herself, and become a good friend. That's about all I can say. If you're close enough with her mom, maybe you could even try asking her about her daughter and see if she can give you any advice. Hopefully that helped in some way, but if it didn't, maybe it at least made you think? I hope your problem gets resolved, Error, and you can be content with the outcome of it. :-)
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