How to accessorise your evening dress

Many evening dresses don’t come with sleeves though some designers are finally listening to the needs of women and offering a few styles with arm cover.

A good trick to get over the bare arm problem is to use a pashmina or sparkly scarf. Get one that is long enough to put through the arms and tie at the back to create a shrug that won’t slip off.

Evening jackets can work well too. Boleros in different colours can jazz up a black dress without hiding too much dress detail.

How much jewellery you wear depends on your evening dress. A simple, black evening dress can be transformed into a stunning gown with the right diamanté necklace and earrings.

If your dress has lots of detail around the neck area, don’t gild the lily. Just go for an amazing pair of earrings. Dangly styles are great if you are going to wear your hair up.

You’ll need a handbag for your essentials. So often a gorgeous frock is ruined by being worn alongside a tired old handbag. Clutch is the traditional evening bag style but there are lots of modern shapes now – barrel, envelope and vintage. You can use handbags to inject colour into your overall look. A black dress can look fab with a red handbag and red heels for instance.

Warning: If your evening dress is silk or a fine fabric, avoid a handbag with lots of bling on it as this may catch on the dress.

Shoes To Match

At last there is no need to worry about finding the right colour shoes to go with your new outfit. Our Rainbow Shoe collection is now available to be dyed in any colour and there are handbags available too.


In a rainbow of colours our off-the-shelf handbag collection will be agreat addition to your dress. We also have a dyed to match service on handbags meaning you can get a selected range of bags in any colour.


Discover our range of statement necklace and earring sets to complement your dress

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Fab Frocks is a multi award winning special occasion boutique on the south coast. With an extensive selection of styles available, we are one of the leading UK boutiques for all events and occasion outfits.

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Our boutique is based in Bournemouth on the beautiful south coast of the England. We welcome walk-in customers and also offer a full worldwide mail order service. For bridesmaid dresses we ask you to book an apppointment.

Our online boutique offers an extensive selection of our available styles. If you can't find what you need please do call us as additional styles are often available in-store.

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