How to Wear Pearl Jewelry

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Much like a little black dress or a pair of nude pumps, pearl jewelry is a fashion staple that should appear in every woman’s wardrobe. Pearls are timeless and elegant—perfect for giving your look a polished appearance, no matter the occasion.

Whether you’re rocking a t-shirt and jeans or dressed for a black tie affair, an understated pearl necklace or a set of pearl earrings will make your outfit look intentional and complete.

Pearl Jewelry

While fashion trends come and go, pearl jewelry has been coveted for centuries; it was even regarded as a status symbol in ancient Rome. Below, we cover everything you need to know about styling pearl jewelry, while keeping in mind your personal style and modern trends.

How to Wear Pearls Everyday

No matter if you’re running errands, grabbing coffee, lounging on the couch, or meeting a friend for brunch, pearl jewelry is the ideal accessory for everyday wear. A pair of classic pearl earrings will add a touch of glamour and sophistication to even the most casual outfits, without adding time to your morning routine.

Our best-selling pineapple pearl pop studs are designed to deliver a dose of whimsy and fun to any look, and are available in chic gold and classic silver. The raised pearl detailing is a gorgeous and unique feature that is sure to make your outfit stand out from the crowd.

Pineapple Pearl Earrings

How to Wear Pearls at the Office

It doesn’t matter whether your office is casual or formal—you want to look professional and polished while at work. A pearl necklace is the ideal layering piece that can be paired with blazers, blouses, button-down shirts, dresses, and other workwear.

If your office skews towards the more traditional or conservative side, opt for a simple pair of pearl studs or a long pearl necklace. These classic, understated pieces will help you appear both sophisticated and work-appropriate.

Pearl Stud Earrings

If you work in a younger or more fashion-forward environment, feel free to experiment with bolder pieces like pearl hoop earrings or a pearl headband. We love this pearl lanyard for your glasses, too!

How to Wear Pearls at a Party

Whether you’re attending a friend’s housewarming party or grabbing cocktails with the girls, a night out is your opportunity to experiment with current fashion trends and show off your personal style. 

Need to transition from daytime to nighttime? Elevate a simple blouse and jeans with a pearl bracelet, bauble necklace, or a pair of statement earrings (like these fun pearl cluster studs).

Bauble Pearl Bracelet

Our chunky Molly Pearl Bauble Bracelet is the perfect party accessory, and can be worn on its own or paired with other bracelets for a layered look. Looking for the right statement piece to tie your outfit together? Add an oversized pearl clip to your hair, and you’ll feel nothing short of fabulous.

How to Wear Pearls at Formal Events

When dressing for a formal evening event, it’s important to accessorize without going overboard. The best jewelry for these events will be elegant, classy, and feminine—in other words, pearls are the ideal choice.

When styling a long formal gown for a gala or wedding, add some glitz and glam with a pair of gold pearl hoop earrings. If your dress is heavily embellished, keep the jewelry more simple; some pearl studs or dangling pearl earrings would be beautiful for a black tie event.

Gold Pearl Hoop Earrings

If you are wearing your hair down and have a dress with a high-cut or complex neckline, earrings and necklaces may get “lost” in your overall look. In this case, add some sparkle to your wrist with a dainty pearl bangle bracelet.

Ultimately, the key to wearing pearl jewelry is to match your overall look to each occasion, and to choose accessories with intention. With these fashion tips in mind, you can wear pearls with confidence every day of the year.

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  • Corey O'Loughlin
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