Welcome to How I Wear My: Pearls, the 58th post in the How I Wear My series.
For this month’s “How I Wear My,” Jill of Everything Just So and I wanted to celebrate a jewelry staple that most women own in one form or another—pearls! Whether real or faux, whether white or black, their gleam can add elegance to any outfit.
Jill gets us started with her ladylike pearl look and tells us:
“This is going to be my Kentucky Derby look next weekend–a navy eShakti dress, a fascinator I got on eBay (just $5!), a 4-strand pearl necklace, and “Plumberry” by Essie. I love the elegance of pearls and want to start wearing them more often!”
Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb shows us how she wears pearls her hair and says:
“I wore my beautiful vintage 1950s dress to a wedding last year, and the front of the dress has small pearl buttons down the front so I decided to accessorise with pearls. Instead of wearing my pearl choker around my neck, I decided to wrap it round the bun in my hair (there’s a hair donut under there), and I added earrings and bracelets to match. I’ll never tire of channelling Grace Kelly! I’ve found lots of different ways to wear my pearl choker, it’s actually been quite a versatile piece of jewellery.”
Claudia of Happy Face 313 shows us two outfits featuring her pearls and tells us:
“I’ve always liked pearls – I wear them in my earlobes, around my neck and wrist and on my finger, not necessarily all at the same time. Years ago I found a pair of CHANEL glasses with pearls. Sometimes I think they’re a bit outdated, but then I look at the pearls and I will wear them again.
“What I like about these little white baubles is that they’re so versatile – they can be dressed up or down and just a few will go very far.”
Ana of Mrs. American Made dresses up a denim look with pearls and says:
“This is an outfit I wear often. It consists of an older triple chain piece, a thrifted pearl necklace from my college days and some felt flowers made by a friend. Somehow this mishmash looks good together! Here I have thrown it over some American-made wide leg jeans, an easy silk top and a flowy knit cardigan.”
Greetje of No Fear of Fashion wears a pearl outfit ideal for the office or a night out and tells us:
“Leather, pearls and polka dots are a perfect match to me. It is obvious why pearls go with polka dots. And I like to throw in a leather jacket to steer away from a classic look. Not that I have anything against classic, nothing at all, but it isn’t me.”
Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun gives us a Boho look with her pearls and says:
“This month was a challenge for me since I’ve never been a pearl fan. I had to root around in my old jewelry box to find something. I found this string of fresh water pearls along with a pearl bracelet and decided to layer them with some boho pieces. I actually ended up liking the look a lot!”
Jodie from Jodie’s Touch of Style wears a single pearl pendant and says:
“Funny how you picked pearls for this month’s theme. Sherry (at Petite Over 40) and I just finished our collaboration about pearl necklaces and the stories associated with them. I was surprised at all the comments on our posts about pearls and how for many women–they’ve been passed down from their mother! They certainly are an object most of us have in our possession!! I went very casual with jeans for my pearls.”
Charlotte, in her 70’s, did the traditional dressy style! Charlotte is Jodie’s mother and is frequently featured on her blog.
Nikki from Midlife Chic is a newcomer to How I Wear My and says:
“I’ve recently discovered your blogs and I really enjoy reading them. I was very excited to see you’ll be doing a piece on pearls. I’m based in the Lake District in the UK and I started Midlifechic 2 years ago a journey for women over 40 who are getting their groove back.
“Being British I’m a big fan of pearls and wear them regularly. The trouble with pearls is that they can have old lady connotations so I like to make a style statement somewhere else in my outfit. For example with a standout pair of shoes or leather trousers as you can see in my first photograph. These pearls are from Eternal Collection.”
Jordan of Kay and Star wears one of their pearl necklaces with a leather tassel and tells us:
“When we knew the challenge was pearls we wanted to do something new. My mom saw freshwater pearls and fell in love with them, especially the dyed ones. Freshwater pearls are porous and easily dyed. Mom’s favorite are the gray and gold. They are luminous and look almost metallic. I’m wearing gray freshwater pearls and proving that pearls can be both casual and chic.”
Trina of Tea Time with Trina gives us an elegant vintage pearl look and tells us:
“I love this ladylike theme you have chosen for May. There’s nothing like putting on some pearls to step up any given outfit, right?
“This is how I wear my classic set of pearls. The necklace is actually an heirloom I inherited from my grandmother. I love to wear it with a classy and simple dress and add some more pearls on my wrists as well. Taking along a little pearl embellished clutch gives the entire ensemble the full lady like feel.”
Diana, a reader, is joining us for the first time with her very chic pearl look and says:
“Pearls at nearly 90! Actually…it’s like you are ‘4 going on 5’ as I won’t be 89 until July….But am cheating already!
“The pearls etc. were on the way to an engagement toast and pig roast for our grandson this afternoon. Sweater jacket is by Rebecca Taylor a few years back; scarf, a very old Adolfo; tee by Everlane; jeans by Chico and crazy shoes from QVC…..Lori Goldstein. The pearls, a couple of old long strands by Honors and who knows. I am also wearing my Cartier Tank watch, which I don’t think you can see, my Tiffany wide band wedding ring and a miniature of my husband’s 1951 USNaval Academy ring and Majorca pearl earrings. And, now that I feel like the consummate name dropper, have I forgotten anything? Oh yes….I bought the sunglasses on EBay for under $10.. Pretty good glass, too. No headaches!
“I’m preparing my ensemble for my Granddaughter’s June wedding on top of Beech Mtn. in NC. My graduated strands started life as Opera length pearls in the 50’s, but have been restrung a few times since then. I THINK I will wear them.
“I enjoy your “How I Wear My” series, even though I am not a blogger.”
Lisa of The Sequinist is also a newcomer to How I Wear My and tells us:
“Here is a photo (and a closeup) of a sweater with different sized pearls scattered all around the neckline. I bought it a few years ago from & Other Stories, and it has such an unusual, elegant, almost Japanese feel with the slight kimono sleeves, that it just seems timeless and right for winter every year. The pearls seem like little snowballs!”
Rena of It’s All Fine. Whatever Tickles the Fancy. tells us:
“Recently, The Husband and I went with friends to see A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and is there a more fitting occasion to wear pearls than going to the theatre? In “Anything Goes, So Cal”, I know that theatre goers will wear whatever they want so I opted for layers of pearls along with a favorite floral cardigan and slightly distressed jeans. A little bit dressy, a little bit casual, and perfect for a lovely night with friends.”
Nicole of High Latitude Style has lots of pearls in her jewelry collection and shows us a few of her pieces in her collage:
“How I wear my pearls? What pearls? The first pearls were a silver-gray saltwater pearl necklace that I bought when I was a graduate student. They were sort of my Lady’s tie when I was at science conferences and workshops as well as for interviews. Later I got pearl studs for our second wedding anniversary- one stud for each year. My husband also gave me black pearls (not show in the collage) as a gift lately.
Today I like to wear my pearls either in a modern Coco Chanel way like in the main part of the collage or in a sort of studs and rock’n roll way, i.e. with some serious leather like a motorcycle jacket, or bomber jacket.
My love for pearls also led to buying a pearl barrette (bottom photo in the collage). The belt with pearls is a Valentine’s gift from my hubby. Again, which pearls are you talking about?”
April of Mrs. B in the Bay Area wears a glamorous statement necklace featuring pearls and says:
“I’m wearing my favorite Banana Republic pearls which include a healthy dose of bling. This necklace dresses everything up and adds a bit pf pizazz to everything I wear. I’m wearing my favorite pair of white jeans from Articles of Society from Nordstrom and my favorite new pair of shoes for spring from Josef Seibel.”
Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life has this to say about pearls:
“I love how pearls elevate an outfit. This is a causal outfit feels so much more elegant with the multi layered pearl necklace.”
Tamera of Tamera Beardsley wears all white with her statement pearls and says:
“I am loving wearing my giant pearl necklace which goes with almost everything I own!”
“Combining it with my signature encrusted pearl cuffs and a turban…makes for easy and dramatic summer styling!”
Andrea of Andrea’s Wellness Notes wears a three-strand pearl necklace with graduating sizes and tells us:
“I own a traditional strand of pearls, but to be honest, I hardly wear them. If I wear pearls, I like them to be ‘Different.’ As most of my outfits are pretty classic, I think it’s important to add some ‘fun pearls’ to make sure my look doesn’t end up being boring. I love my faux big-pearl-three-strand necklace and wear it quite often.”
Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge shows us two looks with pearls and tells us:
“I have taken a nice long break from blogging, but am ready to get back in it. I figured sharing some photos for May’s How I Wear My Series would be a great way to start back up…especially since I LOVE wearing pearls!
“On the left is my floral pearl necklace that I absolutely adored styled with a royal blue eyelet tank top and black pixie pants. Sadly, this necklace broke in the middle of a wedding reception when I styled it with a formal gown. Pearls everywhere! But I am happy to report that I recently purchased a very similar one to replace this favorite piece!
“I’m also featuring my trusty, very old single strand of pearls which I love pairing with something super casual like a sweatshirt and jeans. Here I wore it with one of my favorite sweatshirts…an ivory leopard print sweatshirt, my most comfortable boyfriend jeans, and my very, very favorite patent red ballet flats.”
I have long loved pearls, getting my first pair of real pearl stud earrings in my mid 20s and wearing them almost daily when I worked in the San Francisco Financial District in the 1990s.
Now I have a collection of both genuine and faux – mostly faux – pearl jewelry that includes bracelets, brooches and rings as well as necklaces. This long pearl necklace with a gray suede tassel by Kay and Star is the newest addition to my pearl jewelry collection.
I styled it with a Stella Carakasi asymmetrical sweater, part of the Spring 2016 Collection. The Stone color is such a pretty neutral. I like to wear a coordinating camisole underneath, then accentuate the light gray shade by wearing these pieces with bright white.
The wide legged linen blend pants I am wearing (on sale for $25!) are the ideal summer pant. They are lightweight but not so thin that they’re see-through. And because of the linen blend fabric, they don’t wrinkle too terribly. I bought them in a gray shade as well which would also look great with this sweater and necklace combo.
Thank you to all the lovely and stylish participants this month for showing us how they style pearls!
Now for June’s theme! The unofficial start of summer will be upon us by the end of the month and have us dreaming of trips we want to take so join us in June for “How I Wear My: Vacation or Resort Look.” Whether you are going to the mountains, the desert, the beach, or even the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil, we would love to see what you are going to wear once you get there! Send photos to us at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 6, 2016 and be sure to tell us a bit about your outfit.
Be sure to visit Everything Just So to see more fabulous HIWM pearl looks!
Make it a rich day!
Disclosure: The Stella Carakasi sweater and tank were given to me as was the Kay and Star necklace. All opinions are my own, as always.