Entertainment Fashion & Style Dress Up a Boring Gown With These Tips How to Make a Plain Gown Stunning Share PINTEREST Email Print Fashion & Style Kids and Teens Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Jeans Pants Outerwear Lingerie & Swimwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Hair Fragrance Tattoos and Body Piercings Bumps & Babies Learn More By Cassandra Morris Updated October 03, 2017 Have a simple one-color gown that fits well but could use a bit of a… lift? Whether it’s adding some sparkle, creating a dramatic hair and makeup look or even altering the hem, it’s actually pretty easy to dress up a plain dress. Check out these tips and pick a few to boost your gown’s potential. Just… don’t try them all at once! 01 of 12 Add Costume Jewelry Steve Granitz / Getty Images It’s amazing what a piece of jewelry can do. Add a statement necklace to your dress, whether it’s a 16-inch necklace featuring wide stones and resin pieces or long strands of gold and silver. Or, slip on a wrist full of bangle charm bracelets and a huge cocktail ring, and watch your outfit suddenly shine. 02 of 12 Get Creative With a Brooch Kevin Mazur / Getty Images An artfully placed jeweled brooch can add a bit of sparkle to your dress in an instant. Pin it at the waist of your dress, on the bust or on a wide one-shoulder strap to add detail where there was none before! 03 of 12 Carry a Bright Bag. Getty Images Let a stand-out bag be the focal point of your ensemble. Carry an oversized sparkle-encrusted clutch, a bejeweled purse with a chain strap or a brightly-colored purse to give your plain dress a boost. 04 of 12 Make Your Shoes the Outfit Centerpiece Getty Images If your dress is basic, your shoes have permission to be absolutely outrageous. Pick a pair of loud neon heels, jewel-encrusted pumps with a clear five-inch heel, or one-of-a-kind vintage wedges, and your outfit will suddenly rock. 05 of 12 Create a Dramatic Makeup Look Katy Perry's rainbow eye shadow is easy to copy for prom!. Getty Images Now is the time to experiment with a fun multi-colored eyeshadow look, an excess of overly dark kohl eyeliner, or super bold lips in red, rich maroon or even purple. 06 of 12 Indulge in Nail Art Becky G's funky nails. Jason LaVeris / Contributor / Getty Images Imagine your dress as a blank palette and your nails as a canvas. Get creative by gluing on tiny jewels, stickers, and drawing on your own nail designs. Get nail inspiration here. 07 of 12 Go All out With Your Hair Getty Images As far as your outfit goes, a fabulous updo can mean the difference between boring and brilliant. Skip your everyday loose style and create a curly updo, crimped hairstyle, or a braided look. 08 of 12 Add a Headpiece or a Hat Getty Images A vintage hat with netting that coyly covers your eyes, a jeweled headpiece wrapped around your updo, or even a 60s-inspired flower crown overflowing locks can make your outfit more stylish. 09 of 12 Experiment With a Belt Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images If your dress has a defined waist, whether it’s empire or at your natural waist, add a belt! Try wide or skinny belts, elastic or tying a silk scarf into a cute bow. 10 of 12 Add Your Own Embellishments Amelie Ackemann / EyeEm / Getty Images Get creative! Maybe you’re extra handy with a needle and have some extra sequins lying around—sew them into a pattern! Or maybe you have an artsy flower that you can place on your sleeve or hip or an old silk scarf that could be crafted into a bow. A plain dress is a perfect opportunity to play designer. 11 of 12 Have It Hemmed EMS-FORSTER-PRODUCTIONS / Getty Images A tailor can really do wonders for a worn-out frock. Have your gown shortened to a mini dress, and you won’t even recognize it! Or, have a short-sleeved or one shoulder dress made into a strapless gown, or have a tea-length gown turned into a high-low hem. 12 of 12 Add Funky Tights Actress Jenna Ortega shows off her funky tights at the Hollywood premiere of Disney's 'Moana'. Barry King / Getty Images Lacy patterned tights, wild colored tights or even knee-highs can really do a lot to an outfit. When the dress is plain, the accessories should be bold!