Using the Principles of Design to Accessorize for Prom

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Prom is just weeks away and it’s now time to finish off your look by accessorizing.  From head to toe you will want to coordinate your jewels, accents and shoes by using the principles of design to achieve a handsome overall appearance for a prom you’ll never forget.

When the dress is bold and highly ornamented, go simple with form and color when adding accessories. 

When the dress is bold and highly ornamented, go simple with form and color when adding accessories.

Create a Focal Point: There are multitudes of options when it comes to adding glam, but the key to successful accessorizing is focus.  Give your accessories consideration before you hit the store by planning what you want your focal point to be. If your dress is highly ornamented, you would benefit from simple jewelry in silver tones. Stay away from colorful and contrasting jewels if your dress has rich hues, and coordinate the color of your shoes to match your dress color. If however your dress is simple and short, the emphasis should be on a high style shoe. Consider a high-heel  bold pattern, or unusual contoured shoe line. The goal here is to find a focal point and let all the other elements set the background so it stands out appropriately.

Use accessories to bring the eye around the entire ensemble.

Use accessories to bring the eye around the entire ensemble.

Balance your Proportions: Refer to our post from earlier this month –

https://theloftames.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/style-guide-how-to-pick-out-the-perfect-prom-dress/

You will find body shapes and dresses that flatter them. The same concept can be used for accessories. If you have selected a princess style dress that bells out at the bottom, one way to balance this proportion is to draw the eye back to the top with a bit of bling around the neckline. If your gown is sleeveless, add some sparkle at the wrists or a pair of gloves to guide the eye in a radial pattern, and complete the ensemble.  To use this concept think of the main focal point you’ve established, then find the farthest unaddressed area and add a small complimentary element there.

Dress up a simply designed dress with bold, motif driven accessories.

Dress up a simply designed dress with bold, motif driven accessories.

Unify Contrast & Variety: In order to achieve harmony you will need to unify all contrasting elements. For example, if you have a necklace, bracelet, and earrings that are different shapes and sizes, you could unify the bunch if they were all cubic zirconia. Other examples would be jewelry with the same scale, color, or shape motif. It’s always a great idea to theme your dress and accessories and then use your eye to make sure the look is what you imagined!

Elements will stand out in this order. Color, texture, then shape.

Elements will stand out in this order. Color, texture, then shape.

Creating Rhythm: There is no doubt that prom is really all about movement and dancing. The way to apply the concept of rhythm to your accessories is to think of how people will perceive what you have put together. In our culture we read left to right which is the “rhythm” in which we perceive books and other writing. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes and image how they will “read” your accessories. Assuredly color will jump out first, then sparkle and texture, and finally shape. Use this knowledge to plan your accessories in a way that creates a unified rhythm and will keep the eye moving!

The Loft in Ames Iowa has an abundance of low cost, high style accessories to choose from, including shoes and hand bags. Stop by soon and we can help you put the principles to practice and you are sure to walk away with a completely custom designed look that will wow your friends this year at prom.

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