Eveningwear Accessories Guide: The Hollywood Regency Edition

Accessorize your dream dress du jour with inspiration from the Golden Age of Hollywood

Photo of Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Pixabay

Pro tip: Keep the colors balanced

When it comes to accessorizing, keep your look balanced by looking for accents instead of matching colors. For example, if your dress is royal blue with crystal embellishments, a silver bag and shoes would perfectly compliment the look.

Photo by Jesse Whitman, Design by Fauvette Couture

Evening Bags

Not only can formal evening bags keep all your essentials in one place, but they also look fabulous, especially when they match the embellishments or other glam accents of your evening outfit. If you decide to keep it simple and elegant with a little black dress, a clutch or handbag is also the perfect opportunity to add a pop of color to your silhouette. Here are the most timeless designs of the season:

  • Clutch — A classic formal accessory, the clutch is an elegant rectangular-shaped purse usually without a handle. Look for a color or pattern in accents that compliment the shade of your dress.
Photo by Jesse Whitman, Design by Fauvette Couture
Photo by Jesse Whitman, Design by Fauvette Couture

Jewelry & Complementary Necklines

Whatever style of dress you decide to wear, these key pieces make up the basics of a formal wear jewelry collection. Depending on the style, look for jewelry that compliments the neckline and keeps your evening look in proportion.

  • Short earrings — Diamond studs or short earrings look fabulous with off-the-shoulder, sweetheart, and V-necklines.
  • Choker — Chokers are perfect for complimenting a dress that shows off bare shoulders, including sleeveless and off-the-shoulder necklines.
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  • Cuff bracelet — If your dress is asymmetrical or fashion-forward, add a cuff bracelet to complete a modern, edgy style. If the cuff is large, just one will do the trick; adding any more would be too much.
  • Bangles — Part of their charm is the jingle when worn in multiples. Look for silver and gold to compliment shimmery fabrics and jeweled embellishments.
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Heels & Flats

Look for shoes that compliment your jewelry and handbag but don’t necessarily match the exact shade of your dress. You never want to be overly matching but wearing colors that accentuate each other in a similar shade.

  • Kitten heels — Similar to the comfort of ballet flats, kitten heels are very small compared to average-sized pumps and also add a flair of glamour to your overall look.
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  • D’orsey — This style is the ultimate in classy glamour. Taking a cue from fashion icons like Sarah Jessica Parker, the arch of the foot and tips of the toes are revealed with the vamp and sides cut away.
  • Platform heels — The platform heel instantly ramps up the glam factor while also significantly lifting your frame, giving you a sexy power strut. With thick four-inch soles and a stiletto pump, you can easily add several inches to your height.

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