Tips on Wearing Pearls

First Lady Michelle Obama wears classic pearls in a modern way.

Everyone from "Sex & the City" fashionista Carrie Bradshaw to First Lady Michelle Obama wears pearls. Pearls can be worn so many different ways that they suit many styles. The key is to experiment until you find the style that's right for you.

Classic Pearls

Classic pearls are about 9 to 12 inches long, meaning they hit at the clavicle bone or just a hair longer. These are the pearls you think of when someone says they're wearing pearls, and are reminiscent of the way former First Lady Jackie Kennedy wore her pearls. This look is quite classic and never dates, so investing in real or fake pearls of this style is a wise idea. They can be worn to job interviews, weddings, funerals and many events in between. When wearing classic pearls, be sure you are sporting an open neckline or a smooth neckline that allows the pearls to sit properly. For a more casual look, classic pearls look great with a slightly oversized men's button-up shirt, slim denim trousers and flats.

Experimenting with Pearls

Longer length pearls look modern, especially when layered. This is best done with fake pearls. Find pearl necklaces of different lengths and pile them on with a simple T-shirt, boatneck or sweater. The pearls can be different colours and widths for added dimension. When wearing multiple pearl necklaces, keep everything else very simple and chic. Keep your hair pulled back, and only wear small stud earrings or thin bracelets in metal. This is a stylish way to amp up your little black dress and also works well with a blouse, skinny jeans and heels for a night out on the town.

Layer Necklaces

Layering necklaces doesn't have to mean pearls with pearls. Carrie Bradshaw often paired her pearls with various necklaces, including vintage and diamond. This is modern, and allows you to experiment with the necklaces you already own. Remember the lengths should vary, and allow the contrasting necklace to play off the pearl necklace. A long strand of pearls looks stunning with a bib necklace, when worn over a long-sleeved T-shirt, dark rinse jeans and loafers or flats for a look that is pulled together and fashion forward.

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