The lace bodice has texture already, so any additional sparkle is gilding the lily. Look for something delicate, like a pearl tassel, and complement it with understated drop earrings.
Diamond and cultured pearl drop earrings by Doyle & Doyle
($4,750 at Doyle & Doyle, 189 Orchard St., nr. Houston St.; 212-677-9991).
Platinum, diamond and natural pearl tassel necklace by Stephen Russell
($42,000 at Stephen Russell, 970 Madison Ave., nr. 76th St.; 212-570-6900).
A simple dress with decolletage needs something substantial, like this bib necklace. Balance it with simple pearl stud earrings. Anything grander is overload.
Bib choker with crystals and cultured pearls by Tejani
($495 at Kleinfeld, 110 W. 20th st., nr. Sixth Ave.; 646-633-4300).
This neckline exists for a reason, so don’t conceal what it’s intended to expose. Any necklace would look awkward—so it’s all about the earrings. Go for sparkle and size; a demure pair lacks the necessary sex appeal.
Pendant ear clips set in white gold and diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels
($44,100 at Van Cleef & Arpels, 744 Fifth Ave., at 57th St.; 212-644-9500).