Strapless wedding gown by Justin Alexander
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10 Accessories to Compliment Your Strapless Wedding Dress

If you’re wanting a versatile look for your big day, a strapless wedding dress is the way to go. The neckline options are endless—from straight, sweetheart, scoop or plunging, you’re sure to find something you’ll love for your wedding.

The best part is that you can add your own unique touch to compliment your strapless gown. From stunning jewelry accents to adding a belt or sleeves, here are some of our favorite ways to accessorize a strapless gown.

Scalloped lace cathedral length wedding veil

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An Embellished Veil

To add some drama to your wedding-day look, consider an embellished veil. We love this option if your strapless gown is more simple and you’re looking to add some flair without going over the top.

Your veil can range from a long, cathedral style to a short and sweet bird cage—whatever fits your style! For that extra wow factor, try finding a veil with beading, sequins or lace appliqué.

Fontainebleau earrings from Edera Jewelry

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Statement Earrings

Another way to accessorize your strapless gown is with a stunning pair of statement earrings. This bold accessory works whether you’re wearing your hair up or down, but they definitely stand out more with an updo.

The key is to look at the embellishments on your wedding gown and find something that is complementary without matching too closely. When in doubt, chandelier sparklers are a great go-to look.

Strapless Mori Lee wedding dress with detachable sleeves

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Choker Necklace

A necklace is a great way to add detail to a strapless wedding dress, especially if your neckline doesn’t have any embellishments. You don’t want the necklace to compete with your gown, so a choker or collar-length necklace is a great option. It allows the focus to remain on your beautiful face instead of your large, flashy jewelry.

Julie necklace from Abrazi

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Pendant Necklace

If a choker isn’t your thing, a sweet and simple pendant necklace will do the trick. Picture a small diamond or pearl as a dainty accent above the neckline of your dress. It adds a small touch of embellishment without being overpowering. Plus, it’s a classic necklace that you’ll most likely wear after your wedding day. 

Carolina Amato Farfalla gloves from Anthropologie

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One of the latest trends we’re seeing in wedding accessories are gloves! It’s a really fun way to dress up a strapless dress and it’s totally versatile. You can wear them all night long or wait to add them during your reception as a fun surprise.

If you’re wanting something bold, elbow or opera-length gloves are the perfect accessory to add some sophistication. We also love short and sheer gloves as a fun and fancy accent. Take note of your dress when looking at fabrics—whether it’s satin, silk or lace!

Morilee bridal rich beaded net belt

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A Belt or Sash

If you’re looking for a simple accessory for your strapless dress, adding a belt or sash can really complete your look. Plus, it helps create a nice silhouette that either accents or creates the illusion of curves.

Keep your torso length in mind when choosing a belt. A wider belt works better with a long torso while a thin belt is better for a short torso. It’s also smart to keep the belt width at three inches or less so you don’t overpower your gown. The great part is that you can go as simple or intricate as you want with the embellishments. Beading, lace, tulle, ribbon, and sparkly appliqués are all great options. 

Rustic floral crown paired with strapless wedding dress

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A Unique Headpiece

Another fun way to top off your strapless gown is with a unique headpiece instead of a veil. It’s great for the non-traditional bride who wants to make a statement. You can choose a crown or tiara, a headband or hair comb, or even flowers. Decide how you want to wear your hair first to determine what type of headpiece to buy. 

This accessory also draws a lot of attention to your face, (which should be the main focus anyway)! Again, find something that complements your wedding dress without matching it exactly. Choose one or two embellishments on your gown and use that as a base.

CP25 cape from Allure Bridals

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A Cape

For the contemporary bride, a stunning cape really enhances a strapless wedding gown. It’s a huge statement-maker and sure to turn a few heads.  A cape can also be super versatile and used as a lovely add-on for just the reception. Or the opposite: sport a show-stopping cape for the walk down the aisle and then lose it for the reception.

If you’re looking for something less grand and more glam, find a cape with illusion detail and some sparkle! You can also find capes with lace detailing if you’re hoping for a mix of classic and modern.

3/4 sleeve beaded lace jacket from David's Bridal

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A Jacket or Bolero

Add extra dimension to your wedding-day look by adding a jacket or bolero. And don’t think this accessory can only be used for colder weather—it’s great year-round, especially if you find something sheer or lacy. Some brides will add a jacket or bolero at the very end of the night during their send-off as a fun outfit change up.

Puffed sleeves by Martina Liana

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Detachable Sleeves

If you’re torn between a strapless dress and something with sleeves, have the best of both worlds with something detachable. Pair your gown with off-the-shoulder or cap-sleeved additions for an extra special touch. 

This is a great way to show off your personal style as well. You can go as simple or bold as you’d like and still make a statement. And like many of the accessories above, it’s a fun way to switch up your wedding-day look from ceremony to reception without having to buy a totally new dress.