Earlier this spring, my sister bought the Moonlight Floral dress from Ann Taylor with the intention of wearing to a summer wedding. Now that wedding season is upon us and she has more details about the event, she asked for my help in accessorizing it. Since this fabulous dress deserves more than one spin through the limelight, I have assembled accessory "packages" for a variety of occasions and styles:
For a completely fabulous nighttime look, add sparkle in silver, black and grey tones. Without a bright color pop, the focus of the outfit becomes the floral pattern of the dress. I chose non-matching accessories to play off the different shades of grey in the floral pattern to maintain the dynamic from head to toe. The crystal-encrusted flower on the clutch adds a bit of thematic whimsy, but the jewelry pieces are relatively simple- some shimmer and sparkle is all you need to create a truly showstopping ensemble.
To transition this dress into fall, pair back to suede wedges in a deep jewel tone. If you need an extra layer for warmth, slip on a cropped black blazer or drape a pashmina over your shoulders.
The wedding that my sister is attending is outdoors in the afternoon so I suggested that she pair back to bright, fun accessories. A wedge generally feels more casual than a heel and since it is summer, a peeptoe is always on point. Coral and turquoise are typically paired back to lighter colors, so the color palette feels fresh and interesting when you bring them in to brighten up the black.
A simple stud earring and a bracelet with a splash of color are the only pieces of jewelry you will need- remember not to over-accessorize for afternoon. One place you can go bold though is with your bag. I love a brightly colored (and possibly oversized) clutch for afternoon. It shows that you are fun and stylish, but you can set it down on your chair when you want your dress to be center-stage.
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