What to Wear with Pearl Earrings

By Elizabeth Freeman , last updated May 19, 2011

A pair of pearl earrings is a classic, iconic and versatile fashion accessory. You can wear pearl earrings with a formal outfit or go for a casual look and pair the earrings with jeans and a relaxed shirt. Keep in mind that a pair of pearl earrings can make you look older than you are, especially if you make conservative fashion choices. Keep your look fresh and young by wearing the earrings with a slightly unconventional, bold looks.

Formal Attire

You can't beat the combination of pearl stud earrings and a little black dress. Keep the look simple for a formal dinner party or other event. Choose a slim-cut black shift dress that falls to the knees or just above the knees. You don't want too much detail on the dress. Add texture to the look with a pair of textured tights. Lacy black tights or fishnets will work well. Add a pop of color with a pair of red pumps or keep the look monochrome by wearing black heels.

While the little black dress works well for most occasions, sometimes you want a bit more color. Go for a bold color for your formal party dress. Don't be afraid of red, fuchsia or royal blue. Choose a dress with a flared, A-line skirt that falls above the knees, but not too short. If the dress falls to mid-thigh, it's too short for a formal occasion. You can wear simple pearl studs or go for a pair of drop earrings. Pearls paired with silver or another gemstone will look lovely.

Ready for Work

Pearl earrings will look classy paired with an outfit for work, whether your office requires business attire or lets you be a bit more casual. For a look that's trend but still professional, try wearing a pair of gray or black pearl earrings with a gray wool shift dress and blazer. If you prefer to wear pants to work, choose a cropped, fitted blazer, white button-down shirt and slim fitting, cropped black pants. Finish the look with a pair of oxfords or ballet flats.

Those earrings will look great paired with a business casual outfit too. Pull on your favorite khakis or trousers. The color doesn't matter, any shade from taupe to black will work. On warmer days, wear a short sleeved button down in a fun print, such as pastel plaid, tiny flowers or gingham. A solid color will work as well. When the weather's chilly, pair those pearls with a simple, solid color cardigan. Wear a matching shell underneath or a button down shirt.

Keep It Casual

Even if you're relaxing on a weekend, going to lunch or shopping, pearl earrings fit right in. Wear your favorite jeans, whether they're boot-cut or slim fitting. Go for a darker rinse, unless you absolutely love the lighter washes. On top, wear a fitted t-shirt in a bold color. Purple or green will work nicely. If its fall or winter, a fitted sweater will work too or a long sleeved casual button-down.

Get Creative

Think outside the box when wearing your pearl earrings for an unexpected look that still looks great. Try pairing the earrings with dressy shorts. A pair of shorts made from silk or taffeta will look stunning with pearl earrings and a fitted sleeveless blouse. Those earrings will also look great paired with pleated shorts or a pair of shorts with a ribbon belt.

Try mixing and matching elements for an interesting and unusual look. For example, take the casual look to the extreme and create a funky outfit by wearing your pearls with a pair of cut-offs or ripped jeans. It's unexpected and will make people look your way twice.

Jewelry Options

Don't be afraid to wear pearls with other types of jewelry. If you have more than one set of holes in your ears, go ahead and wear silver or gold studs with the pearls or try wearing small hoops next to your pearl studs. You can wear two sets of studs, but wearing two pairs of dangling or hoop earrings will look unusual.

You can wear pearl earrings with a strand of pearls, but try to add variation for a younger and fresher look. For example, try a pair of vintage inspired pearl earrings with a funky pendant. A simple silver chain with a small diamond or cubic zirconia pendant will also look good with pearl studs.

Think opposites when selecting your jewelry. Simple studs will standout if you wear several strands of necklace. If you're going for a casual look, try wearing studs with a wide bangle bracelet or cuff in a dark pewter or bronze color.

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