The new fashion momentum is bringing back old-world glamour and reintriducing peals as fresh go-to accessories and embellishments for the season. Pearls may have temporarility gotten a bad rap for being the costume jewelry of your frumpy Aunt, or it may conjure up images of beaded puff-sleaved wedding downs from three decades ago -- but these aren't those pearls.
Your favorite retailers, your celebrity style gurus, clothing and jewelry designers everywhere have taken notice of this time defying trend and are piling them on — adorning cardigans, pairing them with metallic chains and ribbons in rich necklaces, and topping off chunky cocktail rings. Pearls are the quintessential accessory for fall and winter — you want them.
Here’s a peek at the top three ways we like to wear them:
Cultured Couture. Pearl necklaces are traditional, sure, but have gotten a makeover for a little twist. Look for tiers of mixed mediums—edgy chains, whimsical ribbons and glittering beads offset the refined sass of perfect pearls. Top off any look—night or day—with this versatile piece for an instant style update. We snagged this one from Metropark at The Oaks ($20.30).
Pearls of Wisdom. We can learn a thing or two about style from those trend-setters of yesteryear. Pearls have long been lauded as lust-worthy—and now we’re seeing them from inventive new angles. We’re positively purring about the latest pearl-studded tops and sweaters—choose a blast from the 80s past, like this scoop neck sweater tunic we saw at Macy’s at Lakewood Center ($38) or curl up in a pearl adorned cardigan for a sweet and tidy take on the look.
Pearly Mates. Get attached to a signature pearl accessory with a little weight to it. Look for clustered pearl and gem cocktail rings, or pearl-laden cuff bracelets and call attention to a trend-forward statement piece for the season. You can find these fun holiday looks at every price point—we love this one from New York & Company at The Shops at Montebello ($16.95).