14 Game-Changing Accessories to Elevate a Basic Prom Dress

Pair them with an old standby or the new prom dress you just bought—you know, the one that's looking at you like it needs something (but what?)—either way, these accessories will make a ho-hum dress so much cooler. Plus, unlike that prom dress, you'll probably wear them again a lot, not just for some distant relative's black tie wedding, which makes it much easier to justify buying them. (Also, they're great.)

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Plate Belt

It'll give a flowy gown a '70s glamour, "Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface" sort of look.


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Statement Necklace

Wear it with a gown in a complementary color so the jewel tones really stand out.
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Bow Belt

Cinch a full-skirted dress with this to give it a Oscar de la Renta vibe.
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Lariat

Draped on top an elegant column gown, it's very Bond girl.
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Colorblocked Clutch

It'll be the difference between a minimalist dress looking ho-hum and a minimalist dress looking intenionally mod & artsy.


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Fashion Scrunchie

It's less for the wallflower and more for a peacock kind of girl. But with a loose-flowing gown and some beachy waves, it'd make a very stylized look that seems right off the runway.


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Floral Belt

The easiest way to make a black or white gown look very Chanel-y.
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Glitter Clutch

Thinking about wearing a tulle maxi skirt? Pair it with this and channel Carrie Bradshaw in Paris.
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Double Cuffs

Don't wear one; wear two, one on each wrist. (Emma Watson, Demi Moore and Beyoncé are all fans of the bold look.)
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Fashion Headband

Don't wear it with a Grecian-style gown or you'll look straight out of the Troy set. Something else though (a sleeker white column, perhaps) would let it shine as the kind of cool, experimental headwear we'd expect Jennifer Lawrence to wear on the red carpet.
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Oversize Sash

If you're going for a super-feminine gown or mid-century modern look (maybe with a tea-length, Betty Draper-ish dress?), this is the way to achieve it. It'll make it any dress look so much fancier.
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Statement Earrings

They've gotta be shoulder-dusters to really make an impact, but they don't have to be neon or a whole rainbow of colors. Instead, we like these white ones, which we'd use to give a metallic dress new life.


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Geometric Clutch

Don't match the colors of a printed, crazy clutch to the color of your dress. Instead, let it clash for a cooler, more fashion-y look. (Purple would be our pairing of choice for this one.)
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Brooch

Pin it at one side of your waist to make a dress look like it's got some pretty cool embellishment. (A cluster of them would work even better, of course.)

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