I love pearls and am lucky to have a beautiful necklace of gray ones (and a classic white choker which I converted from my grandmother’s bracelet). I also love that after I posted my Valentine’s Day gift guide, and suggested you might want to practice a little self love and gift yourself, one reader commented she bought herself pearls and a pound of chocolate. I 100% approve!
While I always want to wear my pearls, I have struggled with how to make them feel modern. One of the ideas I try follow when it comes to my #livewithless style strategy, is to figure out how to wear those pieces you love but that often just sit, unworn, for whatever reason. So…..my thoughts, which frankly I took from others, on how to modernize pearls.
Mix them up. Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar Samira Nasr excels at pairing her pearls with other more modern necklaces. Maybe pair your pearls with a delicate or chunky gold necklace and/or anything on a silk or leather cord.
Wear them casually. With a t-shirt or button-down shirt, like above, or even a sweatshirt for your next Zoom meeting. (Samira wears hers with a sweatshirt.)
Mix metals. Silver with pearls feels pretty fresh and more casual. Even worn dressed up like Reese, above, it’s unexpected. In fact, if this really is your thing, her necklace and the one below are from a Mikimoto collaboration with Comme des Garcons. (You can also easily hack this look.)
Embrace classic. Wear them everywhere all the time. Like Lee Radziwill. The main, holding image of this story are new Sophie Buhai pearls coming for Spring. They feel a bit more modern on a dark silk string. I love the longer strand. You can also opt for a vintage strand of Chanel pearls from Resee, or layer them on like Coco did.
Some other pearl options….