How to Accessorize Even the Trickiest Wedding-Dress Necklines

Jewelry & Accessories
Strapless Neckline Marchesa

Photo: Robert Mitra

Every bride wants to rock some bridal bling on her wedding day, but picking the perfect piece to properly accent your wedding-dress neckline can be harder than it seems. To help, we tapped veteran jeweler Maya Brenner — a favorite of celebrities like Katy Perry, Jessica Biel, and Reese Witherspoon — for tips on how to expertly accessorize on your big day.

Here, the designer, who has her own elegant-meets-modern eponymous collection and a diffusion line for Stella & Dot, breaks down what kinds of jewels pair best with the most popular bridal necklines. Take notes, ladies

Off-the-Shoulder or Strapless Neckline: An off-the-shoulder or strapless neckline, as seen above, is the most flexible in terms of jewelry options. "This is your chance to make a statement with your necklace," Brenner says. "Have fun with this trend, but pick one that is fit for a bride and complements the style of your dress."

Accessory Pick: Brenner loves the vintage-inspired feminine detailing on David's Bridal's "Downton Abbey" gold scalloped necklace since it's a great way to make a statement without overpowering your dress.

Oscar de la Renta Bateau Neckline

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Bateau Neckline: Bateau necklines play up the curve of your collarbone so this is a chance to go with a shorter choker-length necklace. "Especially with the long-sleeved all-over lace trend, it's best to keep it simple with your jewelry and let the the dress speak for itself," Brenner says.

Accessory Pick: One great option is a piece from Brenner's own collection: her diamond disc necklace. "You can never go wrong with just a little sparkle at the neck," the designer says.


Photo: John Aquino

Queen Anne Neckline: Channel the Duchess of Cambridge when planning your bridal look by sporting a Queen Anne neckline. "Because of the high collar, I would recommend keeping the neckline bare and focusing on the earrings — something simple yet regal," Brenner says.

Accessory Pick: Kate went with large diamond drop earrings and a tiara, but Brenner suggests something simple and refined, like these stud earrings from Fantasia by DeSerio, for other brides-to-be.


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Deep V-Neckline: A plunging V-neck is both sexy and stylish. "Accentuate this neckline by following its shape with a flirty and chic Y-shaped necklace," Brenner recommends.

Accessory Pick: This Givenchy rose gold silk crystal necklace is a stylish and surprisingly affordable option.


Photo: George Chinsee

Illusion Neckline: Illusion necklines guarantee a double take, but Brenner says to get even more glam with the look. "It's best to go with an earring and let this delicate trend speak for itself around your neck," Brenner explains.

Accessory Pick: These "Princess Earrings" from Nadri are delicate and feminine — perfect for this silhouette.

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