Your Ultimate Guide To Accessorizing Bridesmaid Dresses

by Abbi Morgan July 07, 2017 4 Comments

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Accessorizing is always fun. My favorite part of putting an outfit together is choosing the right jewelry to go along with it! Brides and bridesmaids have an especially fun opportunity when it comes to weddings. Simple or sassy? Monochrome or mismatched? From hairpieces to purses to shoes, everything can be coordinated to fit the bride or bridesmaid's styles. 

Our first piece of advice: let the bridesmaids decide! Brides should have some say in the matter of course, but letting your ‘maids choose their accessories can give them the opportunity to let their personalities shine. Especially if everyone is wearing the same dress, having the bridesmaid find their own accessories will give them some options. Give your 'maids some guidelines, like pearls over crystals, so you won’t have any crazy surprises. You can decide if you don’t want bracelets, or if you want everyone in stud earrings, but let them choose the final details!

Not only is choosing accessories fun for the bridesmaids, but it can help with their budgets. Making the final decisions on accessories can allow bridesmaids to save money if they want, which can take pressure off their wallets. You can also turn the accessorizing into a fun bridesmaid bonding event! Gather your 'maids and explore some boutiques or craft stores for accessories they can buy or even make themselves.

If you as the bride do have a specific piece of jewelry in mind, choose it as your bridesmaid gift! Not only is this a polite way to have them wear exactly what you want, but your 'maids will love it. (We love bridesmaid gifts too! Check out our favorite 14 ideas here). 

Accessories are everything! Kennedy Blue bridesmaid dresses are featured in blush pink | Kennedy Blue

Accessories are everything! These 'maids chose pearl necklaces to compliment their Charlotte bridesmaid dresses in blush pink. 

Advice for Accessorizing Bridesmaid Dresses

Simple is elegant. The mantra “less is more” works for your bridesmaid jewelry too! If you have an especially detailed or patterned dress, adding jewelry will just distract from it. You don’t want to overdo it! There is nothing wrong with a simple necklace or only choosing to wear a pair of earrings. (Plus it can be a lot easier to wear modest jewelry again after the wedding).

What is the bride wearing? If she is wearing a chunky pearl necklace, you can complement her with your own strand of pearls. If possible, don't mix metals. If the bride is modest in her jewelry choice, try to mimic her style so you don't accidentally clash or overshadow her.

What is the color of your bridesmaid dress? Some metals go better with certain colors than others. Blush bridesmaid dress? Rose gold is a beautiful pairing! Wearing slate blue? Silver is a perfect choice!

What are you doing with your hair? While there are no written rules, there are a few common jewelry and hairstyle pairings. If you go with an updo style have fun with elegant dangling earrings! If you leave your hair down, choose stud earrings. (This also helps avoid your hair getting tangled in your earrings). And don’t forget about hair accessories! A simple sparkly barrette or hair clip can add a lot. Floral hair pieces or crowns can also be fun as well, but make sure you have the bride’s approval first!  

 Hairpieces are a cute way to accessorize your bridesmaid look! | Kennedy Blue

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How to Style Different Dress Necklines

Maybe most important of all, what is the neckline of your bridesmaid dress? Here are a few guidelines we like to follow: 

Strapless or sweetheart necklines:

Strapless dresses provide you with a lot of fun options! For strapless dresses like Olivia or Poppy, we like statement necklaces. If you do go with a statement necklace, pair it with stud earrings. Or, choose dangling earrings and a bracelet. Choker necklaces are more than just a fad right now too. Pair a classy choker with your strapless dress, or even double it up with another longer necklace. The opportunities with strapless dresses really are endless!

Strapless dresses give you a lot of accessory options! We love statement necklaces or chokers | Kennedy Blue style Kinley is featured in navy blue

Kennedy Blue style Kinley is a perfect strapless dress! Pair it with this super cute statement necklace from Ocean Bella Hawaii


One shoulder necklines:

For our one shoulder bridesmaid dresses like Brielle or Hannah, we suggest leaving the necklace at home. The one shoulder style is already cute enough, and a necklace might be too much. Instead, choose simple earrings and a cute bracelet!

One shoulder dresses are cute and fun to accessorize! We love pairing them with drop earrings | Kennedy Blue style Hannah is featured in lilac

Drop earrings are perfect for one shoulder dresses! We love these rose gold earrings from the Etsy shop treasures570 paired with Kennedy Blue style Hannah in lilac.


V-neck necklines:

We love V-neck dresses! (Check out our whole collection here). Beautiful and supporting, V-neck dresses can be their own best accessories. We like to pair V-neck’s with pendant necklaces. A simple pendant necklace adds a cute touch without distracting from you and your dress. I personally love pendant necklaces that you can personalize with initials and different charms. And what a great bridesmaid gift! For V-neck dresses we also like chokers or modest doubled up necklaces. 

Pendant necklaces are perfect for V-neck bridesmaid dresses! We especially love this personalized bridesmaid gift | Kennedy Blue style Riley is featured in blush pink

The only thing that could make Riley cuter is this adorable bridesmaid pendant necklace from IrinSkye! What a cute, personalized bridesmaid gift.


Halter necklines:

For halter dresses (my favorite is Violet), we suggest totally leaving the necklace out. Halter dresses don’t usually allow for a necklace, so instead choose drop earrings and a bracelet!

A beautiful summer wedding | The Big Fake Wedding | Kennedy Blue bridesmaid dress style Sienna featured in latte

These ladies chose updo's with beautiful drop earrings to complete their halter dresses
Photo by Allison Hooperstad | Kennedy Blue style Sienna is featured in latte

Sheer/illusion necklines:

Kennedy Blue carries a variety of different sheer neckline dresses. Find our collection of sheer necklines in lace, chiffon, and embroidered lace! Choosing your accessories for a sheer neckline really depends on what dress and fabric you choose. We suggest leaving the necklace off with sheer necklines because it may snag in the fabric. Instead, accessorize with dainty earrings and a simple bracelet or ring!

The only thing more fun than choosing your bridesmaids is picking their dresses and accessories | Your Ultimate Guide to Accessorizing your Bridesmaid Dress | Kennedy Blue

 The delicate leaf design of this bracelet from FrostedWillow perfectly complement's Madeline's embroidered lace pattern! Featured here in slate blue. 

15 MUST HAVE ACCESSORIES FOR YOUR BRIDESMAIDS

This minimalist jacket earring set is simple and adorable! This is definitely an accessory you can keep in your jewelry box for a long time after the wedding. 

Bridesmaid accessories are so fun. We love this jacket earring set from WanderandLustJewelry | Your Ultimate Guide to Accessorizing Bridesmaid Dresses | Kennedy Blue

Shop: WanderandLustJewelry


Rose gold pairs so well with a variety of bridesmaid dresses. We "love" these stackable bracelets!

We love this set of bracelets for bridesmaid accessories! | Your Ultimate Guide To Accessorizing Your Bridesmaids | Kennedy Blue

Shop: HeirloomGarterCo


This hairpiece is so cute! It would be perfect for an outdoor or boho wedding. 

Accessorizing bridesmaid dresses is so much fun! | Your Ultimate Guide to Accessorizing Bridesmaid Dresses | Kennedy Blue

Shop: EmpireDreams


Beautiful stud earrings such as these are perfect for one shoulder or halter bridesmaid dresses.

Accessorizing bridesmaid jewelry is almost as fun as getting married! | Your Ultimate Guide to Accessorizing Bridesmaid Dresses | Kennedy Blue

Shop: thefabbridaljewelry


We love personalized bridesmaid gifts! This pendant necklace is perfect to include the bride and bridesmaid's initials.

Personalized necklaces are perfect for accessorizing your bridesmaid dresses |  Your Ultimate Guide to Accessorizing Bridesmaid Dresses | Kennedy Blue

Shop: ImprintJodie

Anklet bracelets are a super unique and cute! I love this combination of pearls and diamonds.

Anklet bracelets are the perfect boho bridesmaid accessory | JoannaReedBridal |  Your Ultimate Guide to Accessorizing Bridesmaid Dresses | Kennedy Blue

Shop: JoannaReedBridal

Simple and heartfelt, this rose gold ring is the perfect bridesmaid accessory.

A beautiful heart rings for your beautiful bridesmaids! | Your Ultimate Guide to Accessorizing Bridesmaid Dresses | BexBea | Kennedy Blue

Shop: BexBea

These lace clutches are adorable. And you can even have your bridesmaids' names stitched on the inside!

These cute lace clutches are perfect for accessorizing bridesmaid dresses! |  Your Ultimate Guide to Accessorizing Bridesmaid Dresses | Kennedy Blue

Shop: JuniperAndLace


Once again, I love personalized bridesmaid jewelry. These bracelets are simple, cute, and can definitely be worn again after the wedding!

These bracelets are the perfect accessory for bridesmaid dresses |  Your Ultimate Guide to Accessorizing Bridesmaid Dresses | Kennedy Blue

Shop: JoannaReedBridal


I've seen a lot of cute bridesmaid proposal jewelry, but "Thank you for helping us tie the knot" has got to be one of the cutest!

"Will you help us tie the knot?" we love this bridesmaid necklace! | SilverStamped |  Your Ultimate Guide to Accessorizing Bridesmaid Dresses | Kennedy Blue

Shop: SilverStamped


Hair pieces can be so classy! This one is simple yet really makes a statement. 

Headpieces can be the perfect boho bridesmaid accessory | JoannaReedBridal |  Your Ultimate Guide to Accessorizing Bridesmaid Dresses | Kennedy Blue

Shop: JoannaReedBridal


How adorable are these bridesmaid clutches? And they would perfectly match Kennedy Blue's coral, mint, or sage bridesmaid dresses!

These embroidered lace clutches are the cutest bridesmaid accessory! | Mama Bleu Designs |  Your Ultimate Guide to Accessorizing Bridesmaid Dresses | Kennedy Blue

Shop: MamaBleuDesigns


This simple (personalized) charm bracelet would be perfect for bridesmaid dresses that just need a little something.

Choosing your bridesmaid jewelry is almost as fun as choosing your bridesmaids! | Your Ultimate Guide to Accessorizing Bridesmaid Dresses | Kennedy Blue

Shop: BijouxKarmaJewelry


Floral hairpieces may not be for everyone, but I love this simply beautiful one.

 Accessorizing bridesmaid dresses is so fun. We love this floral hairpiece from blueorchardcreations | Your Ultimate Guide to Accessorizing Bridesmaid Dresses | Kennedy Blue

Shop: blueorchidcreations


Pearls and diamonds are gorgeous with almost any dress, so of course we love this combo!

Beautiful pearl earrings such as these are perfect accessories bridesmaid dresses! | Your Ultimate Guide to Accessorizing Bridesmaid Dresses | Kennedy Blue

Shop: PetalPerceptions

Let's Chat!

Accessorizing is fun! (Most of the time). Bridesmaids have a unique opportunity to pair their accessories with their dresses to complete their already beautiful look. Letting your bridesmaids pick their accessories can give them options for not only their budget but their personality as well. From earrings to shoes to rings, have fun with your accessories!

See any looks you love? Have any advice for other bridal parties? Share with us in the comments below! 



Abbi Morgan
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4 Responses

Jessica
Jessica

July 29, 2017

So many cute options. I will have to check out these shops.

Kayla
Kayla

July 21, 2017

Love these ideas!

Nicole
Nicole

July 19, 2017

Love the necklace!

Whitney Pendergrass
Whitney Pendergrass

July 19, 2017

Love this inspiration!

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Measurement Guide

Taking Your Measurements

For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn't be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor. 

**Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it's not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.




Bust size: Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).

Waist size:  While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button.

Hip size: Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.

Choosing your correct size

Compare  these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5" (size 12), your waist measures 31" (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5" (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body. Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.