OH, PEARLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN
Pearls are so misunderstood. Even decades after Coco Chanel revolutionised the way that pearls are worn, they still can’t seem to shake their reputation of being antiquated and stuffy. We think it’s time to blow the dust off our age-old idea of these iridescent beauties and look at them in a brand new light.
With the help of some of our all-time favourite modern style muses, we can think of at least five ways in which you might have a little fun with pearl jewellery as an every-day accessory rather than a special-occasion accoutrement.
The two Emmas have spoken, and together they have made one big statement: Shoulder-grazing danglers are the way a young, stylish, cool woman would, and should, wear her pearls. Take a leaf out of Roberts’ style book if it’s a modern classic and elegant kind of chic you’re after. If you’re in the mood for a little adventure and edginess, Watson shows us how to make ’em do a double take with a single earring.
Neck and Neck
The next time you head out for a slice of pie, be sure to put on your pearl choker necklace. There is no occasion too casual or tank top too cropped for pearls if you know how to style it and flaunt it flawlessly — like Kendall Jenner. For the full A-lister vibe, BYOP (bring your own paparazzi). Styling tip: If you do not own a choker, you might try wrapping a long pearl necklace around your neck to achieve a similar result.
When in doubt, turn to Kate Moss. You can always trust this Original Girl Crush to show you the way. In this case: How to wear a simple, single-strand pearl necklace without looking blah. The answer: Wear it with a white blazer. Just a white blazer. Okay, okay, without letting our adulation for KM blind our sanity, we would advice that you improvise — add a white tank top or T-shirt to the look and you’re pearl-fection.
Sometimes, it’s not how you wear it, but where. With something as traditional as pearls, you might need to get really creative to make it cool and wearable for even the most casual occasions. Thank God for Rihanna, who’s unabashed creativity saves us a lot of time. Wear your pearl ring on your pinky finger like the fabulous Fenty here, and we promise you won’t feel like your grandma.
Last but not least, if there’s one thing we have learned from the ultimate style maven in the world of fiction, Carrie Bradshaw, it’s this: Go big or go home. Here’s a memorable scene of Carrie’s pearls wearing her. And it works if you have the personality to match. In fact, it’s a nod to one of Chanel’s iconic portraits (you know, the one where a cigarette is perched between Mademoiselle’s lips, her hands akimbo, and layers of pearls so insouciantly draped over her back). To dial down the drama, you might refer to Andrea Sach’s more polished version of making a fashion statement with her pearls.
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