Whew, prom's ALMOST HERE. (Totally necessary to use all-caps for emphasis.) No doubt you've got your dress and shoe game on lock and are making last minute decisions on hair, makeup, and hmmm ... what are we forgetting? That's right, accessories! Prom just isn't prom without a dash of sparkle, some sort of flower somewhere, and the perfect unfussy handbag to accompany your emergency kit. But why not kick it up a notch this year and go for bold statements where your accoutrements are concerned? We've done the work for you on what's on-trend whether you're going for a full accessory look or are just looking to perk up your outfit here and there. Don't forget: this is the one event of the year where you can truly go for it! Thus, read on for inspiration...
If you've been watching TV, take public transportation, or felt the return of Leo DiCaprio in your ether, then you're probably more than aware that The Great Gatsby movie is opening on May 10. Sure to kick off the blockbuster summer movie season with style (and a killer soundtrack to match… hi, Jay-Z), it seems only fitting that Gatsby flapper glamour should align with prom. Always a classy look, it's easy to Carey Mulligan-ize any long black dress or drop-waisted sheath with 1920s-esque accessories. Start with a flapper headband ($25), which gets bonus points for working with absolutely every hair style. Pair it with Gatsby drop chandelier earrings ($23), a crystal swirl brooch ($130), and a fringed facet bracelet ($25) that jangles while you dance. Don't forget to adorn your décolletage with a major rhinestone collar ($100) and a party-ready embellished clutch ($50). GORGE.
If there's one trend that's right in time for spring and prom, it's florals. Flowers are literally everywhere this season, so why not work them into your prom palette? Channel Lana del Rey with a bold flower crown. We chose this woven beauty from Cult Gaia ($120), but there are flower headbands available in every price range (like this $20 one right here). If you'd rather draw attention to your neck space, though, opt for an oversized floral necklace like this Andres Gallardo ($330) stunner. But if a dash of flower power magic is more your speed, go for a floral orb ring ($99) or enamel flower earrings ($75) with just the right amount of diamante flash. The same goes for a modern 3D clutch ($58) that will make any dress pop with petals.
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Speaking of handbags that turn out an ensemble, why not eschew all accessories and just go with a major statement bag? It's prom, so clutches are key, but that doesn't mean you need to stick to the same boring zip case. Shush everyone (or your date) when you walk by with a super playful 'Shhh' bag ($56) that's shaped like a book and easily tucks under your arm. Glam out a basic black dress with a dotted blue metallic zip bag ($42) or echo a vibrant ensemble with an explosion of neon in the form of a Monet lipstick clutch ($40) that features—you guessed it—abstract flowers (told ya they were a thing). If heavy metal badassery is more your speed, pair kohl-rimmed eyes with a dark clutch edged in gold ($56). Or you can stop the music with your very own piano wristlet ($80) that's both humorous and chic at the same time. But, really, please don't stop the music... it's prom!