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Fun New Ways to Wear Pearls Now

With the wide array of pearls in the fashion media these days, there has never been a better time to wear your favorite pearls. But feel free to get creative!  Take some cues from celebrity red carpets, fashion runways and leading influencers.  Here at Obsessed By Pearls, we spoke with some professional stylists to gather fun ideas for wearing pearls in more modern ways – creative tips for using pearl jewelry as a fabulous part of your everyday wardrobe.

Accessorizing with Pearls

Accessorizing with Pearls - more opportunities to wear your favorite pearls

Clockwise from Upper Left – Assael Baroque Pearl double strand necklace with Lavender Jade, Diamond and Baroque Pearl brooch, Assael 100” Akoya pearl strand with classic brooch, @jenniferbehr, Assael Trilogy Akoya Pearl Ring,  Pearl Revolution Pinterest, Chanel Metiers D’Art 2019-2020

To give yourself more opportunities to wear your favorite pearls, some stylists recommend accessorizing with pearls.  NYC stylist Kathie Young says, “For me, the most exciting options for the season are using brooches and swagging pearls between two pins.”

Stylist and CBS Trend Tracking Reporter for New York City and Atlanta, Shaye Strager says, “I’m obsessed with pearl headbands. Pairing them with cashmere sweaters, pearl drop earrings and or a pearl cocktail ring makes it all feel fresh and uber fashionable.”

Or try using pearls on other accessories like handbags and shoes. Young advises, “use a clip-on earring with a collared shirt at the top of the button placket, as if it were a clip-on tie.  The appearance is that of a pin, but if a dangling earring, it will look like so much more.”

Layering & Longer Lengths

Layering Pearls and Longer Lengths of Pearls

Clockwise from Upper Left – Chanel Metiers D’Art 2019-2020, Assael Sunset 7 Row Akoya Pearl Necklace, Shaun Ross at the Grammy’s 2020, Allison Janney at the 2020 SAG Awards, Photo by Josh Olins for Wall St. Journal Magazine with Styling by Ludivine Poiblanc, Marissa Tomei at 2019 Venice Film Festival

Fashion spreads in recent publications like Town & Country and the Wall Street Journal are celebrating the abundant luster of pearls by piling them on and mixing them with other materials. Allison Janney wore a pearl fringe dress at the recent SAG Awards. Shaye Strager loves to mix her pearls with chain links. “For a modern and more fashion-forward look, I like pairing pearl strands with gold necklaces and layering them on crisp white button-down shirts with cropped leather jackets.”

Other really fun options, according to Kathie Young, include “doubling or tripling a strand to wear as a bracelet or using pearls as a belt, again with a giant brooch as the buckle. This is a great and very modern look for jeans and gowns.”

Try draping your pearls across one shoulder or tucking them inside the pantsuit like Marisa Tomei at the Venice Film Festival. Kathie Young suggests military inspiration for the modern pearls look. “Let the pearls cross over a button placket, à la military style, or drape them across brooches on the same side of a jacket, going from lapel to just near the shoulder.”  Or try the head-to-toe pearl approach like Shaun Ross’s incredible pearl coat and boots paired with baroque pearl drop earrings at the Grammy’s.

High-Low Style

High-Low Style - ways to keep casual wardrobe chic and fashion forward

Clockwise from Top Center – Moschino Prefall 2020, Bubble Pearl earrings by Sean Gilson for Assael, Michael Kors Fall 2018, Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out Melbourne, Mismatched Earrings at Dior S/S 2020, Marc Cain runway A/W ‘17

With the elevation of street style and informal attire like loungewear, hoodies and designer jeans, pearls can be a fabulous way to keep your casual wardrobe chic and fashion-forward. Mix your pearls with your favorite leather jacket. Or join the mismatched earrings craze, and wear your pearl drop earring on one ear and a pearl stud on the other ear. Hoop earrings are also trending – find a fun pearl hoop to wear with your favorite strands.

Strager suggests wearing pearls to easily transition from day to night wear.  “I’m pairing my own baroque pearl choker with silk T-shirts and blazers over jeans and boots for work. I love making a denim statement outside of the weekend, and pearls are just the trick to take it from casual to corporate.”

“As per the recent Inbal Dror show, giant oversized pearls making headbands is really fun,” says Young.  “Pearls in the hair can be worn with casual outfits like jeans and dresses, or with more elegant gowns, including bridal.”

So many fun new ways to wear pearls these days… what are you waiting for?  Visit to discover chic new styles of earrings or find the perfect Akoya strand at the length and size you prefer. Use our store locator to find a retailer near you where you can try on our pearls with some of your favorite outfits and accessories.

Featured Image at Top – Clockwise L to R – Chanel Metiers D’Art 2019-2020, Akoya Pearl Linear Bubble Ring by Sean Gilson for Assael, Akoya Pearl Station Chains from Assael, Essentials Akoya Pearl Necklace from Assael, @jenniferbehr, Assael Golden South Sea Pearl and Rutilated Quartz Ring, Chanel Metiers D’Art 2019-2020

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