Not your grandmother’s pearls

Pearls on red backgroundDear Glam Girls,

I’ll admit that I shy away from wearing pearls because in my mind they are stodgy and old-fashioned jewelry, but after doing a little research, I’m learning about different ways to make them look more modern and chic.

I recently started checking out Rachel Zoe’s show on Bravo. She helps dress Hollywood actresses, and yes, she can be over the top like anyone in that universe, but she does offer some DIY ideas worth trying. For example, check out her shipwrecked princess look. It’s anchored with a string of white pearls but then dressed up with other pieces that you can get right from your jewelry box.

I especially like this creation because it allows you to decide how wild or tame you want to be. Maybe two or three necklaces for a day look, but pile ’em on in the evening for the full effect!

Another cool thing to try is adding ribbon. I’m taking inspiration from an Ann Taylor necklace shown below. If you have a strand of pearls, grab a couple pieces of ribbon — or tulle for a softer look — and tie them between two beads on both sides of the necklace. And don’t just stick to black — you can add any color to match your top, bag or shoes.

Have fun with these ideas, and let me know if they work for you!

Forever glam,

Cindy

Stylist Rachel Zoe calls this the shipwrecked princess look. (rachelzoe.com)

Stylist Rachel Zoe calls this the shipwrecked princess look. (rachelzoe.com)

Ribbon is an eye-catching addition to a plain pearl necklace. (anntaylor.com)

Ribbon is an eye-catching addition to a plain pearl necklace. (anntaylor.com)

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4 responses to “Not your grandmother’s pearls

  1. I love pearls! Glad to hear they’re chic. I never really thought about combining them with another necklace – great idea!

  2. Great ideas! I love mixing pearl necklaces with jet necklaces when wearing black. So pretty!

  3. Great ideas for updating that classic string of pearls. Thanks for posting them.

  4. Cindy!

    Your take on pearls is lovely and youthful. Take it from me — there is nothing quite like Grandmother’s pearls.

    Ribbons are nice. Costume jewelry, too. But pearls! Ahhhh, pearls.

    I’m showing my age.

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