Photo: Irene Kim and Aimee Song / Instagram
We don’t blame you for giving pearls a hard ‘no’ when initially faced with the prospect of donning them as accessories. They do seem to instantly bring to mind our grandmother’s stash of outmoded jewels. Perhaps that’s the price to pay after being such a timeless well-loved accessory that’s endured the years of Marilyn Monroe and Coco Chanel: It gets passed off as being too conventional, and even old fashioned in the modern day era.
But it appears that the Spring Summer 2018 fashion shows are turning the common perception of pearls on its head, challenging us to rethink the way we wear the pretty baubles this year. Designers like Prabal Gurung, Marni and Simone Rocha sent them down their runways in sculptural earrings, quirky bright mismatched danglers and elegant barrettes. From there, pearls have maintained an air of edge, having starred in many of SS18’s most covetable accessories.
From chunky statement necklaces to dainty drop earrings, these traditional stones are exactly what your outfit needs right now for a chic touch of elegance. Below, we take you through the coolest pearl jewellery to own and how fashion’s It-girls are styling them.
Wear a supersized pearl necklace
Piled on to form a chunky choker, these large statement pearls offer an unexpected twist to the usual daintier offerings we’re used to. Edgy and chic, this statement necklace practically speaks for itself.
Style Tip: Oversized statement pearl necklaces can be classified as standalone pieces – they’ll be the main focal point of any outfit, so it’s key to keep your ensemble subtle and simple if you’ve got one on. Pair these with a low-key textured LBD or a classy pantsuit for a sophisticated look.
Layer up your pearl necklaces
For a modern twist on the traditional single strand of pearls, layer pearl necklaces with different lengths in order to make a bold statement. A super-long pearl necklace can be a versatile fashion staple to own; you can layer it around the wrist to form a bracelet, twist it around the neck as a choker, or it can simply be worn as it is.
You can also try layering your pearl necklaces with other mixes of other materials and stones for a fresh way to update your neckline.
Style Tip: Make like Irene Kim and pair a multi-layered pearl necklace with a glamorous jumpsuit for an evening look, or toughen it up with a leather jacket and a pair of distressed jeans for a contemporary edge.
Try shoulder-grazing pearl earrings
Having been featured on the runways of Marni and Prabal Gurung, shoulder-grazing iridescent pearl earrings are a great way to play to the maximalist, look-at-me lobe trend that’s huge for SS’18. For an elegant yet definitively cool vibe, opt for a pair of statement gobstopper pearl earrings as seen on Chriselle Lim.
Style tip: Keep your decolletage bare and keep your hair up as these show-stopping danglers are sure to draw attention to your collarbones. Team these earrings with an off-shoulder floral print dress for spring or a strapless crop top with a pair of high-waisted ‘90s jeans for an off-duty look.
For an irreverent take on classic pearl jewellery, try mismatching drop pearl earrings with bold and bright sculptural pieces as seen on Marni’s Spring 2018 runway. As we’ve mentioned before, mismatched asymmetrical earrings are trending big time right now – so it’s about high time we go off the beaten track too and team our timeless pearls with modern abstract-type pieces.
Style Tip: Keep the silhouette of your outfit simple and fuss-free, in order to bring out the unconventional shape of your mismatched danglers. Don a relaxed summer dress and a pair of vacation-ready sandals with these earrings for the perfect holiday look.
Go for baroque pearls
Photo: Sonia Rykiel
Not perfectly spherical and milky white like the typical pearls loved by Coco Chanel, the irregular-shaped baroque pearls, each with their own unique shape, offer a sophisticated yet femininely vintage touch to the rustic ol’ pearl. Having debuted on the Spring/Summer 2018 runways at Céline and Sonia Rykiel, these organically shaped charmers have a fairytale-esque ‘fresh from the sea’ vibe to it, yet it still remains contemporary and fresh for the current season.
Style Tip: Pair your baroque pearl-adorned jewellery with romantic lace dresses or white tulle pieces to play up the feminine sea-themed energy of the accessories. Or, try a tailored blouse for the office and a pair of high-waisted pants next to some simple drop baroque pearl earrings with gold enamel.