You've scored a dressy pink dress that's divine -- now you need to find the picture-perfect accessories to take it to the next level. Take into account the occasion, season and particular hue before making your choices, and soon you'll be the definition of pretty in pink.
They say go big or go home: Take your dressy pink frock to the height of glam with metallic accessories. Ideal for wear with an evening dress, silver and gold work especially well with brighter shades of pink -- think fuchsia or magenta -- thanks to the visual contrast. A little goes a long way when accessorizing with metallics. Complement a hot-pink fitted sheath with a wide gold cuff and matching strappy heeled sandals. Finish with a gold envelope clutch.
Hard and Soft
Just because pink is quintessentially girly doesn’t mean it can’t be toughened up with a little black. When the temperature drops, embrace contrast by pairing a blush-pink lace dress with black heeled booties and a black fitted blazer. For added edge on your next girl’s night out, rock opaque black tights and swap the blazer for a leather jacket. Keep jewelry simple with crystal studs and a cocktail ring, and carry a small black shoulder bag.
Bold and Beautiful
When the weather turns warm and a gallery opening or engagement party is on the agenda, rocking a pink dress should be all about color. A strapless bubblegum-pink frock teams well with everything from butter yellow to candy apple red when you’re in the mood to make a statement. Just be careful to not overdo it -- you don’t need more than one contrasting pop of color in the form of a handbag or pumps. If the look feels too daring, opt for varying shades: Pair an icy pink sheath with heels in a darker pink hue; complete the ensemble with delicate rose-gold jewelry.
No one has ever landed on the radar of the fashion police with a tasteful pink dress and neutral accessories. Especially ideal in the spring and summer months, a nude pair of heels and matching clutch are appropriate for any time of day as well as any occasion. Choose a pair that blends with your skin tone, and then select a clutch with a little sparkle to add to the oomph factor. Gold and crystal dangling earrings pick up the warmth and tie the look together, no matter whether the shade of the dress is baby pink, dusty mauve or deep magenta.
Stacey Kole was managing editor of the International fashion and beauty publication Savvy where she penned stories on all things beauty and style, while writing cover stories on such celebrities as Victoria Hudgens and Julianne Hough. She continues to write for a variety of online fashion, beauty and health publications.