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What to Wear with a Formal Dress


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Pearls shown on the Holly Kristen runway.

Cynthia Nellis

Pearls are a no-brainer for preppy sweaters and wedding days. But they make a grand statement with formal dresses, too.

Mix long strands of pearls with gold or silver chains or choose a large-size pearl necklace to wear with a strapless dress.

No need to match necklace and earrings: pair a pearl necklace with diamonds, gold, silver or colored stones for a less matronly look than a matchy-matchy set would give.

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