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How To Wear

When worn correctly, pearls can be one of the most fashionable accessories in your arsenal.

Pearls are a staple in every jewelry collection. They never go out of style, and they complement every skin tone. If you're late to the party, don't sweat it; pearls can seem like a difficult thing to bring in to your jewelry rotation—but they go with more than you think. Read on to learn the ropes.

With all of the colors, shapes and ways to wear, pearls can work as both understated and statement pieces. The key is to choose the right piece and wear it wisely.

Stylist's Note: Choose solid colors over prints. Pearls work best when paired with solid colors and understated clothes.

Pearls + Work Wear

Pearls + Work Wear

When you're dressing for your nine-to-five, stick to a solo strand. As a rule, your pearls should not fall below the bust line - so stick with choker or princess length. (A pearl choker peeking out beneath a crisp button up is a senior level move.) For casual Fridays, twist the strand into a loose-fitting bracelet. Keep it simple—work outfits look best with a single pearl accessory.

Pearls + Casual Wear

Pearls + Casual Wear

Pearls are a simple way to make almost any outfit elegant. Little ivory baubles add luminous essence to everything from a white tee to distressed jeans. If a necklace is too much, opt for tiny pearl studs instead. When going casual, do not wear a pearl necklace, earrings and bracelets together. You will appear over-dressed. Layering is a trendy way to accessorize your jean-centered outfits.


Does a solo strand leave you wanting more? Layer up! Wear multiple strands of varied lengths. And don't forget—ivory and white aren't the only colors! Layer your pearls with other necklaces for contrast. For a collar effect, layer chunky necklaces that rest right on top of each other. Try mixing pearls with different materials, like shells, beads, turquoise and chunky gold chains. Add edgy influence with spikes or leather. A long strand of pearls layered with metal chains and knotted around its bottom half look very chic with a shift dress and black blazer.

Pearls and the LBD

Like pearls, the little black dress has reached wardrobe staple status. The LBD was made popular in the 1920's by fashion designer Coco Chanel. (Chanel also said "a woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls" so it's no surprise that the little-black-dress-with-pearls combination is one of the most iconic in fashion history.) The nice thing about a little black dress is that it can take on many styles. Adding a strand of pearls puts a conservative spin on this classic. Here's looking at you, Audrey.