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7 Trendy New Ways to Wear Pearls

by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

If you grew up in the 60s or 70s and you were somewhat hip, you might remember pearls as something your mother wore to PTA meetings… squaresville, baby! (Well, I suppose if you were a debutante or a Southern Belle, you wore pearls.) However, these days, faux pearls are popping up as cute embellishments on dresses, tops, and jackets (in both casual and dressy styles). And, there are new, trendy ways to wear fake pearl jewelry and accessories. “Pearls are hip and cool once again,” sez Tina Boomerina.

Well, if you still have pearl phobia, especially when it comes to fake pearls, try visualizing Coco Chanel. Coco mixed ropes of costume pearls with her real jewels. Or, try channeling early Madonna from the period when she was mixing plastic pearls with punk jewelry… and you’ll get some idea of how to rock your pearls without looking matronly. Here are more trendy ideas.

pearl neckline top

pearl neckline top

1. Pearl Embellished Necklines: It’s easy to flaunt your good taste in pearls… no extra effort required. Just throw on an embellished, casual top with a pair of jeans. Check out the red sweater from Dunnes (above). You can also find T-shirts and sweatshirts with pearls.

Or, look for modern eveningwear, like the plus-sized, red party dress with the pearl and rhinestone neckline from Joanna Hope at Fifty Plus (main photo at top of page). Note: All photos are courtesy of prshots.com.

pearl & chain denim

pearl & chain denim

2. Pearl Embellished Denim Jackets: This pearl and chain trimmed denim jacket by Liu Jo is almost sold out at House uf Fraser, but you might be able to find your size, or you can get some trim and embellish your own jean jacket. This is the coolest thing ever, but they don’t have my size, so I will be looking around for something similar. (If you happen to see a jacket like this, please leave a comment at the bottom of the page. I have broad shoulders, so I’m hoping for a size 12 or 14… or a small plus size.)

pearl embellished dresses

pearl embellished dresses

3. Pearl Embellished Dresses: You can always find pearl embellished wedding dresses, but the pearl craze has crossed over into regular party dresses. Most of the trendiest styles are embellished in just one or two areas, like on the sleeves and the hem… or a swirly, swoosh pattern… or along the edges of the dress. The two dresses above are from Asos.

pearl bracelet trends

pearl bracelet trends

4. Trendy Faux Pearl Bracelets: I just bought a stretch bracelet with oversized fake pearls (at my local Macy’s) and I layer it with all my other boho bracelets. Everyone thinks the varied styles look fab together. See the picture above for other bracelet ideas. Top row: Lipsy pearl and gold chain bracelet with feather, Links of London Effervescence Star bracelet, both at Asos. Bottom row: Jersey Pearl Joli Bracelet at House of Fraser, Designsix Faux Pearl Drop Bangle at Asos.

You need to have lots of bangles to mix and match with different outfits. And, who wants to spend a lot of money on real pearls that are super trendy? I say fake pearls are the way to go… or you can mix costume and faux like Coco. I’ve been mixing real pearls with fakes for years.

trendy pearl necklaces

trendy pearl necklaces

5. Pearl Necklace Trends: Another item I bought is a statement necklace with crazy-oversized plastic pearls… I mean, they are so big, it’s obvious they’re fakes. But, it looks great. Top row: Coast Padme Pearl Necklace at Asos, Chesca Pearl Statement Necklace. Bottom row: New Look Chain and Faux Pearl Layer Necklace, New Look Pearl and Flower Necklace, both at Asos.

Biba tribal collar

Biba tribal collar

6. Pearl Collars: You can find collars that are part of a blouse, like an attached Peter Pan collar covered in pearls… or you can find collars that are more like necklaces and can be worn with many outfits. See the Biba Linea Tribal Collar with faux pearls and beads (from House of Fraser) for a great example of a newer, trendier kind of pearl “collar”. Okay, I can’t tell if those are plastic pearls or round wooden beads, but they look like pearls. Anyway, a detached collar can be worn with all your tops and dresses, so it’s a great idea with lots of possibilities.

pearls for your hair

pearls for your hair

7. Faux Pearls for Your Hair: In addition to the hippie “festival” headband at the very top of the page, you can find pearl headbands that look like they are straight out of the early 60s… those things worn by goody-two-shoes, prissy girls. But you are going to wear them in a rock-n-roll sort of way, right? Right. Now that we’ve gotten that all straightened out, I’ll let you consider the pearl bow clip, if you’re in your 40s or younger… or if you’ve had an awesome facelift and you can pass. The faux pearl hair grip in the braid is very Madonna-ish rocker chic, and I’d love to see you wearing several of them… why stop at just one? Women of any age can wear these headbands and the clip-on string of pearls.

I wish I could show you more amazing pearl trends, but I’m out of space. I’ve seen pearls glued onto the outer part of the top rim and the top edge of sunglasses, giant faux pearl anklets, wraps and scarves with fake pearls to weigh them down and hold them in place, lots of pearl hair clips, many white tops with pearl trimming… and all of them are great fun. If you can’t find these trendy pearl-embellished outfits in your size, get out the glue gun and experiment, because fake pearls are a great look for spring and summer.

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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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