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Pearl of a Girl: Our Favorite Pearlescent Accessories

Stunning, yet versatile.


Are diamonds really a girl's best friend? Not to knock Marilyn Monroe's famous declaration, but we think she might have been undervaluing the easy elegance of pearls. Whether they're in strand form or adorning modern accouterments, pearls are luminous yet versatile, adding a touch of Old Hollywood elegance to every look. Not to mention, they've enjoyed a modern upgrade, and now pearl pieces come in a plethora of different variations: From bags to belts, from shoes to hair accessories, pearls are no longer reserved just for jewelry. For fall 2020, we saw pearls embellished on shoes at Y-Project, layered aplenty at Koché, and worn as belts and bag straps at Chanel. Since we can't get enough of the pearlescent stuff, we've narrowed down some luxe add-ons that are so not your grandmother's hand-me-downs.

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Small Gold Huggie Pearl Drop Earrings
Lily & Roo wolfandbadger.com

These dainty pearl huggies are both perfect for everyday and perfect for layering.  You can even remove the pearl and wear the huggie alone for a more minimal look. 

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Tallulah Bean Shoulder Bag
Cult Gaia saksfifthavenue.com

Pearls for evening! This is the ideal bag to accompany a black tie look or for a spring wedding. 

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Baroque Pearl Earrings
Grace Lee gracelee.com

The ultimate gift. These timeless pearl drop earrings from Grace Lee will stand the test of time.

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Majorica Short 8mm Pearl-Strand Necklace
Majorica lastcall.com

A short strand of pearls has been one of the biggest trends in menswear as of late (just ask Marc Jacobs).  Here's a price-friendly option for you to recreate this modern pearl look. 

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14K Yellow Gold & White Round Akoya Pearl Bracelet
Mizuki saksfifthavenue.com

A new take on the tennis bracelet. This pearl-adorned piece is great worn alone or ideal for layering.  Pair with a watch, gold bangles and voila! Layered jewelry done right. 

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Pearl 45 pumps
Aquazurra farfetch.com

These pearl-lined slingbacks pair perfectly with a black skinny jean and an oversized button-down.  

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Milky Way Earrings
Celeste Starre celestestarre.com

Pearls with a bohemian twist. Pair these gold bad boys with a tiered ruffle skirt to capture some '70s free spirit. 

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Jessa Imitation Pearl Hair Comb
Dannijo shopbop.com

This tortoise comb with faux pearls is a quick and classy way to clean up some bed head. 

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Ruched Embellished Ankle Boots
Charles & Keith charleskeith.com

These boots are at a seriously unbeatable price. Styling hack: Show off the pearl detailing on these booties with a flared or tapered cropped pant. 

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14k Long Clustered Pearl and Floating Diamond Necklace
Zoe Chicco zoechicco.com

Typically, pearls come in strands, but the cluster formation on this necklace makes this piece anything but traditional.

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Lele Sadoughi Drop Hoop Freshwater Pearl Earrings in Pearl
Lele Sadoughi revolve.com

These 3-inch drop earrings will be your new go-to party look. 

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Pearl & Acrylic Belt 30
Chanel whatgoesaroundnyc.com

Pearl pieces come in a mix of different styles and a belt is one of its coolest iterations. Whether it's hip-grazing or waist cinching, a pearl belt will instantly make any outfit more sophisticated. 

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Jewelry Pearl & CZ Cluster Studs in Pearl
TAI Jewelry revolve.com

These pearl cluster earrings are perfect for day or night.  Plus, the  price can't be beat! 

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Delfina 14K Gold-Plated Earrings by Pamela Love
Pamela Love modaoperandi.com

This brand-new pearl collection from Pamela Love just launched on Moda Operandi, and this shoulder-grazing pair is perfect for a big night out. 

A version of this story appears in the May 2020 issue of Marie Claire (subscribe here).

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