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Accessories for any Formal Occasion

Posted by Alexandra C. | Thursday April 25, 20135 comments

With wedding and prom season about to hit us, we've been discussing easy ways to glam it up. Who has time to carefully curate an outfit? We want little effort and big style pay off. This is where accessories come in. With the addition of a gorgeous clutch, the perfect statement necklace and a pair of fabulous shoes, any outfit can be transformed for the right occasion. 

We came up with 5 popular events that may be on your calendar soon and a few drool-worthy options for jewelry, purses and shoes that will take your outfit to the next level: 
What to Wear to: The Outdoor Backyard Wedding 

Outdoor weddings are usually more laid back so you can get away with less formal and more fun attire. Feel free to play around with colour. Try some of the gorgeous trending pastels for spring/summer. Florals or vintage inspired pieces are perfect for backyard, rustic weddings. 
Look for: 
1. Wedge Sandal: Expression Kaitlyn Wedge (C$27.99, on sale)

2. & 4. Pastel Clutch: Banana Republic Kaylan Clutch (C$111.00), Mango Touch Leather Folded Clutch (C$149.99)

3. Feminine, Layered + Beaded Necklace: Adia Kibur Multi Layer Necklace in Pastel (C$64.00) 

5. Floral Cuff Statement Piece: Anthropologie Unfurling Floral Cuff (US$48.00) 

6. Colour Blocked Peeptoe: BCBGeneration Izzie Pumps (C$115.00)

What to Wear to: A Night Out with The Ladies 

I love luxe fabrics and stand out metallics for a sexier, more daring feel at night. Black leathers and gold pair perfectly together. If you want a pop of colour, try a bold red. For practical reasons, use a clutch bag with a wrist strap or a cross body bag. 

Look for: 
1. & 5. Metallic Accents, Ankle Straps: GoJane Metal Accent Faux Patent Heels (US$29.80), Express Zip Back Heeled Sandal (C$61.60, on sale) 

2. & 6. Statement Collar Necklaces: Reitmans Multi-Strand Chain Necklace (C$12.00), Zara Black and Golden Plaited Necklace (C$35.90) 

3. Luxe Looking Leathers: Forever 21 Croc-Stamped Wristlet (C$23.80) 

4. Pop of Red: Oasis Coral Snake Clutch (C$34.81)

What to Wear to: The Prom 

Prom is all about you, so have fun with your look! Experiment with sparkles. glitter and colour. Go big or go home with your accessories. Prom can be pricey too, so accessories are a great way to dress up something basic you may already have in your closet. 

Look for: 

1. & 5. Quirky Clutches: Kate Spade 'I Kissed a Frog' Multi Clutch (US$328.00), FCUK Mosaic Bag (C$148.00)

2. & 3. Major Bling: Cocoa Jewelry Crystal Bow Cuff (C$38.00), Top Shop Premium Thread Wrapped Earrings (UK$30.00)

4. & 6. Hot Heels: Nine West for Town Shoes (C$130.00), Forever 21 Mirrored Platform Pumps (C$41.80) 

What to Wear to: A Formal Wedding or Event 

For an extra fancy event, steer clear of anything too young, mixing your metals or mixing too many colours, patterns or textures. Instead try understated classics with details that make them visually interesting. 

Look for: 

1. & 4. Embellishments: Jimmy Choo Pump with Rhinestones (C$1150.00)Jessica McClintock Rouched Satin Evening Clutch with Stones (C$83.93, on sale)
2. & 5. Simple Elegance: Tiffany Garden Drop Earrings (C$385.00)Swarovski Trendy Bangle (C$210.00)

3. Clean Lines: Kate Spade Wedding Belles April (US$228.00) 

6. All Purpose Basics with an Edge: Zara High Heel Vamp Shoe (C$99.90)

What to Wear to: The Dinner Date or Important Meeting

For an important meeting, business or otherwise, go with one statement piece of jewelry but avoid too much flash. If you're on a date and want to show a little skin, skip the necklace and opt for a cocktail ring instead. Look for practical pieces that give some personality and shoes that command attention. 
 1. & 5. Practical, Yet Stylish:
 Zara Studded Leather Bowling Bag (C$179.00),
 Style & co. Ali Lizard Minibag (C$31.90)

2. & 6. Pointed Power Pump: Pour La Victoire Cheyenne Patent Pump (C$265.00)Material Girl Killoy Pumps (C$59.00) 

3. & 4. Just the Right Amount of Glitz: J Crew Iridescent Earrings (US$58.00)Jill Zarin Ring Rhodium-Plated Jet Resin Clear Skyline Adjustable Cocktail Ring (C$59.12)

Which of these lovely accessories is your favourite? 
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on April 29, 2013  LadyFlash  8,805 said:

Great suggestions! I need to get on with shopping for an outdoor wedding I'm attending this Summer and will keep these in mind.

on April 26, 2013  flower  4,433 said:

satin evening clutch

on April 25, 2013  takoda  28,648 said:

I like something in each one of these, but if I had to pick just one I think it would be the Outdoor Wedding.

on April 25, 2013  fredamans  11,711 said:

I love a lot of them accessories... too many to list... LOL

on April 25, 2013  KatelynRose1984  20,704 said:

I love the accessories under "Outdoor Wedding". They are so cute, and simple. Love them!

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