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Black Gowns

Black gowns are elegant, sophisticated and are simply always in style. For any special event, black is easy to accessorize. The main consideration when choosing jewelry, shoes and a handbag to go with a black dress is the style of dress. A good rule of thumb is to accessorize elaborate dress designs simply and dress plainer styles up with lots of jewelry and bling.

A simple long sleeve dress with a crew or V-neck calls for tons of jewelry. Options are virtually limitless, as black gowns are neutral and match most any other color. Lighten the look with sparkly white gold or sterling sliver jewelry and white diamonds. For a more dramatic look, choose all gold jewelry and add some bright colors with emeralds, rubies and other bold gemstones.

A strapless dress might be a basic A-line cut or a more elaborate jeweled or ruffled dress. Accessorize ornate dress styles with simple, understated jewelry selections, such as a single strand of pearls, pearl stud earrings and a single bracelet. Cocktail rings are a great way to accessorize this dress without drawing attention from the elaborate design. Try dress designs by Xscape and others.

One shoulder dresses are often in the middle, neither ornate nor plain. Go with a medium balance of jewelry, such as hoop or drop earrings, a choker necklace with a pendant to draw attention to the neckline and two to three chain bracelets. This jewelry can be in yellow or white gold, sterling silver or embellished with colorful gemstones. Look for one shoulder black gowns by Lauren by Ralph Lauren and others.

Perhaps the most elaborate style of dress top is the halter dress. The design of the dress makes up for a lack of accessories. Try bold chandelier earrings to bring attention to the top of the dress and the face, and skip a necklace entirely. Finish the look with a simple tennis bracelet or two and top off with a single cocktail ring, if desired.

Shop today for a wonderful selection of black gowns in many styles, as well as the accessories to make the look simply perfect, all at Macy's.