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Edited by on May 9 2011 at 2:13 PM

Prom is right around the corner, and everyone is running around in a tizzy looking for the perfect dress. And what’s more, after finding the ultimate gown, you need the perfect pieces to accessorize with. Check out our guide to the 20 best prom accessories so you can choose the bag, shoes, jewelry and hair piece right for you. Forget cheap rhinestones, dye-able shoes and tiaras – these are the pieces you want for prom 2011.

The 20 Best Stand Out Prom Accessories

Jewelry – These accessories sparkle and shine without tacky rhinestones or matching set disasters. If you’re looking to stand out with bold statement pieces, look no further than our top five.

Clockwise from top left:
Trina Turk Nugget Earrings $70, maxandchloe.com

Robindira Unsworth Juicy Bangles $450, robindira.com

Kenneth Jay Lane Turquoise Beaded Octopus Ring $165, macys.com

Lagos Caviar™ Ring $375, nordstrom.com

DANNIJO Florence Necklace $545, dannijo.com

 

 

The 20 Best Stand Out Prom Accessories

 

Shoes - Get your head out of the prom salon and into something that will make a statement. If you chose a dress based on elegance, minimalism and fit, an architecturally divine shoe will be a perfect pairing for your frock.

Clockwise from top left:
Chinese Laundry Hot Island in Red Suede $200, chineselaundry.com

House of Harlow 1960 Pearl Pumps $169, bloomingdales.com

United Nude Frame Shoe $545, solestruck.com

Bebe Gold Brice Pump $144, heels.com

Rock & Republic Loretta Chain Platform $295, zappos.com

 

 

The 20 Best Stand Out Prom Accessories

Bags - Why settle for a plain, boring bag when you can turn up the volume and the bling? These bags won’t be tossed to the side after prom night is over because they’re too cool not to carry again.

Clockwise from top left:
Whiting & Davis Art Nouveau Wristlet $145, endless.com

Chloé Elsie Crystal-Embellished Leather Clutch $1,835, mytheresa.com

SANG A Plush Clutch $1,740, kirnazabete.com

Paco Rabanne “Le 69″ Bag $1,152, colette.fr

Botkier Night-Out Crossbody Clutch $137, couture.zappos.com

 

 

The 20 Best Stand Out Prom Accessories

Hair – You don’t need to be queen to flaunt a regal hairdo at prom. Feathers, crystals and flowers add a fun touch to a sleek hairdo. Ditch the curls and braids for one of our five favorites above.

Clockwise from top left:
Jacques Vert Dusty Blue Royal Affair Fascinator $129, houseoffraser.co.uk

Eugenia Kim Claudia Feather-Embellished Headband $125, net-a-porter

Topshop Large Lime Orchid Clip $25, us.topshop.com

1928 Winging It Filigree Vintage Hair Barrette $14, 1928.com

Colette Malouf Crystal And Pearl Flower Wire Comb $96, boutique1.com

 

How do you plan on accessorizing for prom 2011?

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Story by Amanda Gabriele

I stole my first pair of platforms from the Spice Bus in 1997 when Anglophilia was all the rage. Collector of vintage bags, vinyl and kitchen appliances. My dream of becoming a butcher is momentarily on hiatus so I can teach you how to wear muumuus and apply false eyelashes. Follow me on Twitter @CrystlMeatballs.