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The moment you tried on that stunning strapless wedding gown, you knew that your long search for the perfect dress was at an end. Be warned, however, that the quest to complete the rest of the outfit just entered a realm of dizzying possibilities. Strapless dresses make it so easy to accessorize that narrowing down your selection can become intimidatingly difficult. Even though the liberating design makes it an ideal partner for bridal jewelry, there is still an art to getting the combination right. It’s not just a matter of substituting a drapery of jewelry for the absent fabric.  

Luckily, you’ve got a good head on the shoulders that your dress is showcasing in such fabulous fashion, so you welcome the creative challenge offered by the blank canvas. Do you want your strapless dress to signal commitment to an understated look, or is it clearing the way for accessories that make a dramatic statement? 

The best way to take advantage of all the options a strapless dress offers is to have a clear, cohesive vision And just in case you want a bit of help from the experts at Modern Gents, here are the four strapless wedding dress jewelry options that we recommend.

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1. Statement Necklace

It’s possible that you envisioned the necklace even as you tried on the dress. A strapless dress can allow a statement piece to be the focal point of the ensemble. Yield centerstage to a bib necklace or a large pendant. Maybe even multiple pendants! However, even when your bridal necklace is the star of the show, it’s still part of Team Bride, and it needs to behave with a certain degree of decorum. 

Does your dream dress have a straight, unadorned neckline or did you choose a sweetheart shape embellished with embroidery? Maybe something in between? So that your statement piece stays on message, make sure the necklace complements the contours of the neckline; collar-style necklaces work best for straight necklines. 

If you have your heart set on a pendant, then the key to balance is to have the length of the necklace operate between your neckline and collar-bone. And make sure that the jewelry sits on skin, not fabric — that’s one of the reasons you went strapless in the first place.

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2. Earrings that Frame the Face

Wedding guests will be ooh-ing and ah-ing over the dress as it swishes down the aisle, but the groom’s misty eyes are locked on yours. Choose bridal earrings that will frame your face in the mental snapshot that will last a lifetime. 

Drop or dangle. Hoop or chandelier. If you are wearing a strapless dress, it’s open season on the whole catalogue of modern bridal earrings. While you don’t need to worry about whether they are going to get caught on shoulder lace, you might still need to consider their interaction with the veil and their relationship with any necklace. If the earrings are going to be bringing the drama, you might want to tone down the necklace.

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3. Dainty Chains and Elegant Studs

If you are going the less-is-more route with the strapless dress, you can apply that same degree of understated grace to the jewelry. If there is more ornamentation elsewhere (whether that is on the dress itself or some of the other jewelry), competing with it will just lead to an unpleasant clash. Opt for simple chains or go without a necklace entirely.

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4. Bracelets

You’ve been putting in time at the gym to tone those arms. Or maybe you’ve just been leveling out a dance floor for your backyard reception. Either way, we see you. If you are keeping it simple, choose a single tennis bracelet that matches everything else. But don’t hesitate to go for it; this is a golden (or silver) opportunity to assemble a bridal bracelet stack, and we are confident you can pull it off!

Complete Your Look with a Bridal Bracelet

Express Yourself with Strapless Jewelry Styles

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Strapless wedding gowns might not be as ubiquitous now as they were in their peak during the first decade of the new millennium, when they were by far the most popular option. But there are still plenty of bare-shouldered brides out there who favor its feature-flattering simplicity. Finally, the whole point of strapless dresses is to free up room for self-expression, so go with whatever fits your personal style and matches what you want for your wedding day.

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