by Oscar Collins December 31, 2020 3 min read

You’ve finally chosen the dresses your bridesmaids will wear. Now you have to decide on accessories. Of course, you could always let your girls pick their own jewelry, shoes and glittery hair clips. However, if you want them to match or you desire a more cohesive look, you might give them a small accessory shopping list.

Here are a few things you might ask them to purchase so everyone looks stylish on your big day.

1. Statement Necklaces

Adding statement necklaces can change the entire look of your bridal party in seconds. Therefore, you’ll want to know how to pair the right ones with their dresses. Before adding bold bling to their necks, consider each dress’ neckline.

If they’re wearing dresses with V-necklines, choose statement necklaces with tiered structures to add more dimension. For those with a high neckline, choose a geometric necklace to add interest. Pair the bling with an up do to keep the look sophisticated.

2. Elegant Jewelry

If you’d rather keep things a bit more understated, choose some elegant jewelry with minimal bling. Think classic pearl necklaces, mini stud earrings and thin bangles.

You might even skip the necklace altogether and opt for ear jackets and matching bracelets. Minimal jewelry often works best with heavily embellished gowns and bridesmaids who would rather accessorize their hair.

3. Hair Accessories

Speaking of hair, there are numerous ways to accessorize your bridesmaids’ luscious locks. Add some sparkle with bedazzled bobby pins, hair clips, headbands or even a sprinkle of glitter. You could even let them wear little sparkling tiaras if you don’t feel they would upstage you.

If you want less glam and more green, go for a natural look with flower crowns. Order some from your local florist or make your own with faux flowers, greenery, wire and tape.

4. Cute Hats

Skip the hair clips altogether and top off the look with hats. Fanciful brides will love the idea of flowery pillboxes and big brim Panama hats. Whether your style is vintage-chic or summer sweet, there are hats out there that will compliment your bridesmaids’ outfits.

Of course, it’d be easier to buy a one-size-fits-all hat. However, it’s far better to take the time for sizing. Use a hat sizing chart and skip the slipping and squeezing. Your bridesmaids will thank you. 

5. Matching Clutches

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Some dresses don’t need a ton of jewels or large accessories. If your bride tribe is wearing dresses with sequins, prints or lace, consider adding a shiny little clutch to their ensemble. Play up the glitz with metallic cases, rhinestone clasps and sparkling rims.

Then, find necklaces to match. When the big day finally arrives, your bridesmaids will be grateful for a discreet place to keep their lipstick and tissues.

6. Stylish Shawls

Regardless of when and where you have your wedding, your bridesmaids — and their final look — could use a stylish shawl. For winter weddings, choose heavier materials like faux fur or wool that will keep them warm and complement your venue.

If the weather is warm, layer lightweight pashmina, chiffon or soft tulle over their sleeveless dresses. Sheer lace may also be ideal during the hot summer months if you want to add some visual intrigue to their outfits.

7. Bold Shoes

Finding the right shoes will accentuate your bridesmaids’ dresses and put the finishing touch on their ensemble. If their gowns feature patterns or embellishments, consider sticking with bright, solid-colored shoes.

Otherwise, you can play with patterns, jewels, straps and bows to give their outfit some pizzazz. Keep your girls’ comfort in mind when choosing the type of shoe, too. You might be comfortable in heels, but others might prefer kitten sandals or flats.

Be Creative and Considerate

When it comes to accessorizing your bridesmaids, the sky’s the limit. Get creative and make your own bling or keep things simple and put a flower or two in everyone’s hair. Most importantly, remember to be considerate of your bridesmaids’ budgets. They’re likely already spending money on their dress, travel and gifts. Do them a favor and keep accessory prices to a minimum or gift them a piece of their outfit.