Pearls 101 ...

I am a classic prep who thinks pearls are a necessity for every day.  I can be spotted in my pearl studs almost every single day and they are one of the first things I put on every single day. It is my go to earring and I find it works for every single day no matter the attire. I might be wearing them as I type sitting here in my monogrammed pajamas.  No makeup on and hair in a bun from sleeping but my pearls are already in place for the day.

Yes, that is how I roll!

I don't know when pearls became a staple for me but I can recall my first gift of a necklace from my mother. She gave me a strand that had been restrung for me and I remember seeing it for the first time in its grey flannel bag.  It is sitting as I type in my dresser drawer waiting for a fun event!!

I get a lot of questions on my pearls, where I get them and how I wear them so I have some answers for you today.  Anything you wanted to know that I can share about wearing pearls I can share with you and if I miss something please comment and let me know!!

First and foremost my pearl studs ... 

I purchased mine from a private woman who makes them hear in Atlanta and her pearls are amazing. These huge studs were a fraction of the cost so obviously I went big.  Go big or go home as my best friend says!!  I found some sources for you to purchase pearls this size and then a few for you that are a smaller version.  Oh and my favorite pair that are monogrammed ... which is the best idea ever!

For me these are staple earrings.  I wear them every single day and they go with everything.  Pearls are a staple classic are should be treated just like anything else you wear every day, like your watch and your sunglasses.

My pearl choker is the bees knees ... 

I splurged on these pearls a few years ago and I wear them so often I probably should have gotten them for free.  Ha ... just kidding.  They are hands down the most commented necklace I wear.  It is compromised of five strands, two small strands and three larger ones. I wear them both as is and combined with other longer strands.  The best purchase you will ever make!  

I wear this pearl necklace, just like my studs, with just about everything.  Cocktail attire, button downs, sweaters and even cute t shirts.  If you own it, wear it is my motto and it hasn't failed me yet!

I mix long strands like its my full time job!!

But really ... I do!  Just like I love to mix patterns and colors I love to mix my long necklaces.  One necklace looks fabulous but many look amazing!  I mix pearls with gold necklaces and monogram necklaces and random pieces I find while antiquing.  I start with the longest piece and then just keep adding until I think they are perfect.  

I have sourced everything I can find that I would purchase immediately.  I have had mine for a while so they aren't still available for purchase.  I would grab up every single thing sourced here and mix it up all day long.  The more the merrier!

My assistant asked specifically how to keep them from looking old lady ... she has a single strand that was gifted to her from her grandmother.  Such a good question ...

I love a single strand but I see how it can feel too simple for some of you.  I love the two examples above, taking the single strand and making it something more.  Tie a ribbon in your strand on the side and take it to the next level.  How cute would it be with a strapless dress or even with a button down and a cute skirt for an event. I love it!!

In the first photo I love how her strand has an amazing clasp ... this could be recreated with a vintage pin or even a cameo.  I realize these may both seem too traditional, but you can make the pin as fun as you are.  It can be a large antique flower or something as simple as a pin someone passed down to you.  The more color you add the more fun it would be.

I hope I have inspired you to don those pearls every single day and in so many ways.  Pearls are something that will never go out of style and you will see me wearing mine until I am old and gone. They are classic and beautiful and mix so well with so many things!

Grab those pearls go and make it an amazing Monday!!

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