Last updated on December 24th, 2021 at 10:49 pm
Pearls are chic, classy, and usually paired with elegant outfits or bridal gowns. But did you know that you can actually wear pearls anytime? That’s right, you don’t need to wait for your next formal event to take out that beautiful string of pearls. Whether a necklace, bracelet, or a set of earrings, pearl jewelry can enhance even the most casual outfit.
In this article, we’re exploring trendy and chic ways you can wear pearls for any occasion.
5 Ways to Wear Pearls for Any Occasion
Luxurious and Refined
Let’s start with the most obvious way to wear pearls — when you’re going for a formal or glam look. Go all-out, and wear a full set of pearls—earrings, bracelet, and necklace—with a cocktail dress for an elegant look when going to a high-end restaurant, or with a full-length gown for a night at the opera.
You can opt for pearl pins in your hair for a wedding, wear gloves with pearl buttons, or pair a pearl choker with red lipstick and a little black dress for a timeless Audrey Hepburn-inspired look.
Wondering if wearing pearl jewelry at the office could be too much? We say no, because going to work should be fun. A single to three-strand pearl necklace is appropriate for most workplaces, as long as you keep it short (under 18 inches) for a more practical, everyday look.
You can also wear a close-fitting pearl bracelet for a little glam, pair some freshwater pearls with a sweater and jeans to elevate your casual clothes, or opt for teardrop-shaped earrings to frame your face.
However, when wearing pearls at work, you should be careful not to make your outfit look too busy. Avoid wearing two pieces of pearl jewelry together, and stay away from imposing or chunky pieces. Instead, choose simple, understated items to ensure the attention falls on your work, not your jewelry. Finally, be sure to take into consideration the type of job you are performing. There are certain fields of work where wearing too much jewelry of any kind is not appropriate, like medical offices and hospitals.
Lift a Casual Look
Pearls work well with casual attire too because the formality of pearl jewelry provides a beautiful contrast. Wearing one pearl jewelry item, such as a pearl necklace, can elevate an everyday outfit into ‘smart casual’ — a refined, yet relaxed look that is ladylike and comfortable at the same time.
When you’re dressed more casually, it’s best that you only wear one pearl jewelry item at a time, especially if you’re wearing more elaborate jewelry pieces. Spherical pearls are available in simple necklace strands, pendants, and stud earrings, and one piece should be enough to lend a gentle touch of polish to your look. Try combining them with blocked-color outfits to allow the pearls’ natural sheen to pick up the colors of your clothes, or keep the clothes neutral, and allow the pearls to serve as a quiet statement piece. In any case, keep other jewelry to a minimum so that the pearls can take center stage.5 Ways to Wear Pearls for Any Occasion | #jewelry #fashion Click To Tweet
To the Beach
Who’s to say you can’t wear pearls to the beach? Pearls are a great choice for cabana parties and beach club luncheons. You can also pair your favorite rope necklace with beach jeans and your favorite top for some beach fun after sunset.
However, be sure not to break or lose your pearls and never go swimming with them. These precious gems might be created inside pools of water but water from any source—your shower, pools, and lakes—tends to weaken the silken threads used to string strands of pearls. Saltwater, damp salt air, and chlorine can also be harmful to cultured pearls, whereas sand is extremely abrasive, so be sure to remove your pearls before taking a dip.
Have Some Fun
White pearls are classic, but why not have some fun? Pearls come in many colors: peacock, golden, and pink are especially valued, but let’s not forget the dramatic black pearls and the rainbow iridescence of mother-of-pearl. So if, for instance, white pearls feel a little too traditional for you, consider pairing a set of black pearls with black boots and a leather jacket for an edgier look.
Pearls are also found in a multitude of shapes. Besides the traditional round shape, they come in button, oval, baroque, tear-drop, and other shapes. Layering multiple strands of different-sized pearls can add a dash of the dramatic to any look, whereas pairing brown, blue, or black pearls with copper or steel metal jewelry creates an unusual industrial combo.
Now that you know how to style pearls for any occasion, don’t be afraid to experiment. Find more ways to make pearls part of your everyday attire.