The Secret To Wearing Pearls

Do it right and they’ll take you from 18 through 80

Portrait of a lady
18 Nov 2015

Portrait of a lady

Then: Coco Chanel dressed in her signature staples - multi-strand pearls and a two-tone jacket suit.

Chanel Resort 2016
18 Nov 2015

Chanel Resort 2016

Now: Every new season sees a whimsical update of the iconic Chanel pearl necklace. For Resort 2016, candy-coloured pinks and blues lend a touch of girlish modernity.

Lanvin Resort 2016
18 Nov 2015

Lanvin Resort 2016

Another famous look starring pearls
18 Nov 2015

Another famous look starring pearls

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s - now who didn’t want a pearl necklace after watching that classic?

Know your lengths and experiment with styles
18 Nov 2015

Know your lengths and experiment with styles

- Choker 35cm / 14”
- Princess 41-46cm / 16-18”

- Matinee 60 cm / 24”
- Opera 76cm / 30”

Just because they’re often used as finishing touches for old-school twin-sets doesn’t mean that pearls aren’t youthful. There are many ways to wear these lustrous orbs and still look hip. 

The trick is to pair them with basics: T-shirts, tank tops, your man’s white shirt…in short, wardrobe staples that spell effortless with a capital “E”.

You don’t even have to invest a fortune in the real thing to look good. Perhaps the chicest pearl-wearer ever was Coco Chanel - and she wore faux ones every day because she believed that affordable jewellery gave women the opportunity to acquire more options, instead of just one special one. 

Above, some of our favourite ways to wear pearls and what lengths look best.

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