Pearls Are the Top Trend in Jewelry this Fall: How to Wear Them Now

The iridescent gem takes a prominent place on purses, rings, shoes, and sweaters.
Photographer (from left): Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images; Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

With fall upon us, the season’s new wares are in full effect. We’ve already covered how you can best wear suede and checks, but when it comes to womenswear there’s something more precious than fabric to consider this season: pearls. No longer just a necklace saved for a special occasion, these baubles are trending upwards in all sorts of new ways.

They were in force during the Fall-Winter ’16 shows, including Gucci, which had a pearl-embroidered sweater; Dries van Noten, which featured a full pearl-stitched dress; and Miu Miu, which had models stomping down the runway accessorized with bepearled bags and classic necklaces. Now’s your chance to reconsider this timeless accessory. 


Gold necklace with mother of pearl, Jason Wu, $1,195,; Black evening bag, Miu Miu, $3,210,; Pearl necklaces, Chanel, from left: $1,525, $1,800, $1,625, $925,; Embroidered sweater, Gucci, $4,800,; Earrings, Marni, $380,; Double pearl ring, Dries van Noten, $560,; Chaospearl sandal in black satin, Manolo Blahnik, $865,  

Photographer Corey Olsen for Bloomberg Pursuits; Stylists: Elizabeth Osborn; Jenny Wichman (Gucci sweater)


  1. Pearls and dark-colored garments are the perfect pairing. When styling, think proper backdrop for a sophisticated pop. 
  2. There’s more versatility in pearls than you likely realize, far beyond their grandma and/or Jackie O stereotypes. Try wearing them with anything casual like denim or sneakers; you’ll be surprised how easily you can pull them off. 
  3. Stack them. If you’re going to wear a pearl necklace, pile it with multiple others, and in different colors, too. 
  4. Think beyond the strand and ear stud. You can wear pearls woven into your sweater and dress, and on accessories like bags and heels—just not all at once. A little pearl does go a long way.
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