Accessorizing a Teal Green Dress

By Dan Ketchum

Just as teal occupies a space between green and blue, this cool color can make many diverse statements; as quirky as it is regal and as natural as it is ethereal, teal is nothing if not versatile. Like all colors, however, it shines when complemented by just the right accents. Any style of teal dress flatters a specific group of colors, but your final accessory selection should be based on whether you're off to a soiree or simply Sunday brunch.

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Journalist Sylvia Jeffreys accessorizes with subtle neutral and silver tones.

Earthy and Neutral

For a subdued color pairing that works for both casual and formal teal dresses, you can't go wrong with gray or black, whether accessorizing with a belt, a handbag or anything in between. To keep things earthy, casual teal dresses pair well with brown leather belts and rustic accessories -- think wooden earrings, a chocolate-colored fedora or tortoise-shell shades. If you want a timeless, elegant and airy look, creamy white and nude-hued accessories do the trick. When cooler weather rolls around, pair your teal maxi dress with autumnal accessories like slouch hats and knitted scarves in shades of maroon or sienna.

Major Metallics

Teal loves metallic jewelry. As a cool color, it easily gels with steely, silver-toned pieces.Try a geometric pewter bracelet and earrings combo for your next cocktail party, or go even more elegant with a curvaceous sterling silver ring and brooch. Top off this look with a charcoal-gray clutch. Though teal may ring up images of warm oceans, it's also a suitable fall color. For formal autumn events, this blue-green shade goes swimmingly with gold and bronze jewelry, including slim-profile wristwatches and gold-chain dress belts.

Casual and Colorful

Quirkier, sunnier dress styles call for vivid accessories, such as various shades of purple or yellow and even chartreuse. If you want to make your springy teal sundress or shirtdress stand out, complete the look with saffron bangles. To lend a poppy edge with violet, go with a lightweight purple scarf and a teal A-line dress for a technicolor look that scores on the retro scale. When you top teal off with ultra-bold colors, think of this turquoise tone as your grounded base layer, using it to balance brighter hues.

More Teal Tips

Teal comes in a variety of shades, which you can use to your advantage for a formal and streamlined look -- just mix a teal dress with lighter or darker teal accessories. For instance, a light teal sheath steals the show when teamed with a dark teal cropped jacket or a deep teal gemstone.

To really make your look pop, accent your frock with a single touch of teal makeup. Matching nails or eyeshadow are both time-tested tricks, or you can go for a more daring vibe by setting off a smoky look with a gel-penciled lower waterline in bright teal.