How to Accessorize an All-Blue Dress


Ah, blue. The color of the sky, the color of the Caribbean, the color of something in your closet, surely. There's a shade of blue to fit every mood and every skin tone. If you're feeling in a color rut, go out and grab a blue dress that suits you. With different mixes of accessories, you'll be able to create different looks with a dress in this versatile color. Make blue your new black.


Know your tone. Before you pick out jewelry, you've got to know whether you're cool or warm toned. Turn over your hand and take a look at the veins in your wrist. If they look green, you're warm toned. If they look blue, you're cool toned. Warm-toned skin looks better with gold jewelry and cool skin looks better with silver. A blue dress will look good with either gold or silver.


Choose your baubles. The jewelry you pick depends a bit on the cut of your dress. If the dress is long and flowing with a '70s vibe, opt for long chain necklaces, bangles and a watch. If you've got a more structured or fitted dress and want an upscale look, try shorter, statement necklaces, stud earrings and a simple ring or two. If you're a fan of dangling earrings, wear them, but forgo the necklace; it's too much otherwise.


To belt or not to belt? Not every blue dress needs or even looks good with a belt. But if your dress has some waist definition, a skinny belt in a gray snakeskin print will add a touch of style. A brown leather belt will dress it down. If you want to keep it simple, skip the belt. If you have a boxy, structured shift dress, no belt is going to work.


Shoes! Your shoes make or break your look ... seriously. If you're not sure what kind to wear, go with black. Black leather matches everything, even a brown belt. If you're wearing your dress on a warm day, ballet flats or nude sandals will be a good choice. If it's fall or winter, try a black high-heeled, knee-high boot.

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If you keep your other accessories to a minimum, you can always accessorize with a chic, chiffon scarf in a complementary color.


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