We love accessories as much as (or maybe more than) anyone, but accessories can’t exist in a vacuum. Handbags, shoes and jewelry are powerful because of the ways that they interact with each other and with the clothes that we wear, and orchestrating a look sometimes feels like trying to fit the last pieces into a jigsaw puzzle.
You could say that we have a little bit of experience with puzzles, and we’ve teamed up with Oscar de la Renta to explore the brand’s beautiful fashion jewelry and figure out how to display it to its fullest potential. After all, if you’re anything like us, you tend to start your outfits with the accessories first. Shop the full selection via Oscar de la Renta or head directly to the new accessories arrivals.
If the unusual shape or cut of your dress’ neckline is one of the main design features of the dress, you’re going to want to let it stand on its own – no necklaces allowed. A lovely way to draw attention to your unique look, though, is with a pair of long earrings that draw the eye down the neck. If your dress is a solid color like the Oscar de la Renta One Shoulder Slim Fishtail Gown below, you can experiment with color and shape.
Oscar de la Renta One Shoulder Slim Fishtail Gown
$6,890 via Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta Lunar Drop Earrings
$375 via Oscar de la Renta
On the other hand, an open neckline provides the perfect frame for a glittering statement necklace. Few women look at their shoulders and décolletage as a “problem area”, and this is an ideal way to accent them.
Oscar de la Renta Long-Sleeve V-Neck Jacket
$2,190 via Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta Sunburst Multi Crystal Necklace
$990 via Oscar de la Renta
The Little Black Dress
When your dress is solid and dark, that’s the perfect time to try a piece of bold, bright jewelry in a hue that complements your skin tone. Because of the detail of this particular dress’ neck, we’d recommend going with a truly stunning pair of big, beautiful earrings.
Oscar de la Renta Crepe Sleeve Sweetheart Slim Dress
$2,390 via Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta Resin Chandelier Earrings
$295 via Oscar de la Renta
A Printed Dress
Bold prints are tricky – do you pick jewelry that matches, or simply coordinates? Can you do a necklace, or is it best to give your jewelry a little bit of distance with a pair of earrings? We’d advise you to stick with one of the neutral shades that appears in the print itself; in this case, a beautiful mulberry earring.
Oscar de la Renta High-Low Ball Gown
$7,490 via Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta Pavé Teardrop Earrings
$390 via Oscar de la Renta
Boat Neck Dress
For a boat neck, opinions vary wildly. Traditionalists won’t want you to interrupt the delicate line of the dress, but a short necklace can serve you well in this situation – fortune favors the bold, after all.