For a true lady, it is almost unthinkable not to have a set of pearls in your wardrobe, they raise any outfit to its deserved occasion and are a timeless representation of sophistication, elegance and beauty. Although it is the ultimate ”saviour” for a dull outfit, if not worn properly it could make you look inelegant. To get the best out of wearing pearls you should consider the event, your body type and even sometimes your age. These guidelines are not set in stone but are suggested ways your pearls could make you look effortlessly beautiful.
Pearls could be worn by anyone but women have the upper hand when it comes to a variety of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and even accessories on clothes, however they are mostly used as necklaces, earrings and bracelets. To wear them properly, one should consider the length of pearl strings and the occasion it is being worn to.
The shortest string of pearls usually worn is the pearl collar. It is 12-13 inches long and could be combined with 3 or more collar strings. It complements the boat neck, V neck and off shoulder outfits giving it a Victorian look. Another type of pearl string is the collar which is 14-16 inches long. It complements any neckline and looks good on button down shirts and cocktail dresses. The most common is the princess necklace which is 17-19 inches, it complements crew, high and low plunging necklines. 18 inches is considered the classic length for pearl strings so if you are unsure of what type of pearl to wear, this would be the most appropriate. Matinee pearl strings are 20-24 inches long and are usually best worn for semi-formal occasions, they also look good on business suits and summer dresses. As the name implies, the opera pearl necklace is best worn to the opera or dinner parties. It is 26-36 inches long but can be doubled to give a 2-strand effect. It can also be knotted if you are looking to get the glamorous vintage look and can be paired with necklaces of shorter lengths to make it casual. The Pearl rope is quite similar to the opera but a little longer. It is 37 inches or more and could also be knotted and made into a multi-strand choker. It could be worn for the same occasions but makes a strapless dress look appealing and luxurious.
Pearls have always been and will always be the classic basic jewellery that makes a fashion statement. It can be trendy at any time of day giving off the aura of sincerity, romance and simplicity as the event proposes. For the work place, it is advised to wear small and discreet pearls. This shows elegance without drawing too much attention but evokes confidence and sophistication. The pearl collar is best for the work place but the princess necklace could also be worn. Longer lengths could be wrapped around and made into bracelets but take care not to overshadow your outfit. Studs and small rings are also best for a formal appearance. To get a look that complements your work outfit, it is best to wear one pearl piece at a time, too many layers will be overpowering. A strand of necklace is good enough and take care that it does not fall past your bust-line.
Weddings are a perfect place to wear a good pearl necklace, brides could wear them as headpieces or body jewellery and it richly elevates any expensive material while allowing attention to be given to the huge head-tie or costly lace. The pearl choker oozes elegance when placed on simple garments like the little black dress, long ones could be worn as well but looks best on turtle necks or low necklines. Chandelier pearl earrings suit this occasion but look grander when visible so wear with a bun or head scarf. Big statement necklaces and bold sizes are the order of the day for formal parties, pair these with solid colours and nice simple outfits.
Pearls can also be worn for casual events without looking too serious. Long pearl lengths look gorgeous on a sundress and also fashionably elegant on jeans. Long geometric earrings are great for a night out and plenty bangle strings with layers on the neck look trendy as well but one should take care when wearing pearls with bold patterns as some Ankara fabric with large designs, could drown a small pearl necklace.
The type of pearl you wear is subject to taste and fashion, sometimes age and body type come into play, they not only glorify an outfit but flatter ones physique. Short pearl necklaces accentuate the graceful lines of the neck and long ones flatter the bust so they look good on young women.
Pearls could be worn with any colour as it is easily adaptable but take care not to wear fluorescent clothes with them because they will look washed out. Bright coloured pearls revive the youth in every dressing but stand out more with dark clothing, avoid wearing pastel colours with it as this will age you, also do not wear clothes too close to the colour, so it shines through.
Although pearls are often related to vintage styles, they are very much in the fashion scene today. They are now worn mostly in layers, multiple strands of different sizes, lengths and colours. They can be paired with other jewellery but the stones should fit the shades of clothes one is wearing and also be made discreet so that the combination does not look messy. Gold goes very well with white, cream and yellow pearls but diamonds could be considered best to pair with them.
One last rule: always wear pearls with matching studs or earrings, they could be the same size or larger than the necklace. If worn properly you can never go wrong with this exquisite piece but at the end of it all, pearls will always look beautiful.