How to Accessorize a Cowl Neck Dress


When it comes to choosing a dress, you may find that you are bombarded with a plethora of choices. In addition to a crew neck, turtleneck and v-neck, the silhouette of the cowl neck is a popular choice among designers. If you happen to be one of the many women in the world who aren't well-endowed in the chest region, cowl necks can add volume to your upper half. Even if you have an ample bosom, don't be afraid to emphasize what you've got. The right accessories can spruce up any frock, and the cowl neck dress is no exception.


The decision to "necklace or not to necklace" when it comes to cowl necks depends first on the size of the cowl neck in question, and next, on your personal preference. If it's really large, adding a necklace can seem like overkill. If it's a more moderate cowl neck, however, choose either a short, choker necklace which is shorter than the neckline or a multi-strand beaded necklace that falls several inches below the neckline. If you don't like the look of a necklace with even a modest cowl, then by all means, don't wear it.


Choose earrings that are bold in color and size. Vibrantly colored accessories add a pop of color, even if the color doesn't exactly match the dress material. To achieve a put-together look, coordinate your earrings, belt and shoes. If you don't want to be too bold when it comes to your jewelry, opt instead for classic gold, silver or black.


Add a belt to your dress to add style and accentuate your teeny, tiny waist (and if you don't consider your waist to be teeny tiny, you can create the illusion of an hour-glass shape by placing a belt at the smallest part of your waist, which is usually a couple of inches below the "girls"). Select a thick belt with a large buckle if you've got curves (and most of us do), to further accentuate your waist. Likewise, if you're petite, choose a skinnier belt to better complement your shape.


As with most ensembles, the finishing the touches are your shoes and your bag. Again, don't be afraid of color, and keep in mind the occasion. If you're dressing for a wedding where you'll be a wild woman on the dance floor, choose shoes you can dance in as well as a bag large enough to hold makeup and other essentials. If you're dressing for a more casual day with the family, perhaps flats or sandals are the more sensible option.


Change it up. Don't get stuck in an accessory rut where you feel you have to wear the same earrings, belt and shoes every time you wear your cowl neck dress. Often, a new pair of earrings or shoes can bring new life to any outfit.

Tips & Tricks


For a fresh, sexy look, arrange the cowl neck off the shoulders.


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