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How to accessorise with pearls in 2020

“Girls, don’t forget your pearls,” croons Lana Del Rey in a song about the end of America, but she might as well have been spelling out the style motto of 2020.

Pearl accessories are the jewellery du jour, and can even be styled in a gender neutral manner. Just ask fellow musician Harry Styles, who recently appeared at the 2020 Brit awards wearing a pearl necklace tucked under his lace collar. It was the English singer’s second major red carpet moment featuring a pearl accessory; at the Met Gala last year, he famously showed up with a single pearl earring.

Harry Styles at the Brit Awards 2020 (Photo credit: Getty Images)
Harry Styles at the Brit Awards 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Styles’ pearls are provided by Gucci, but there are plenty of other brands that have shown us their take on the classic jewellery piece. Alexander McQueen’s baroque aesthetic was emphasised on the SS20 runway with a host of vintage-style gold accessories set with teardrop pearls, similar to the ones used on Simone Rocha’s dazzling chandelier earrings. Comme des Garçons also teamed up with Japanese jeweller Mikimoto for a range of pearl necklaces for men and women.

Pearls have proven their appeal. Now, it’s a matter of choosing the right ones to wear. See our suggestions below on how to jazz up any outfit with these timeless iridescent jewellery.

This article was first published on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.


Handmade by artisans, this ring features a thread of freshwater pearls and 14kt gold beads that loops around your finger. It’s also the most subtle and versatile way to pull of the pearl trend. Whether you’re glammed up in a party dress or heading to work, you can easily slip on the accessory to elevate your look with elegance.

HK$2,398 from MatchesFashion

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Here’s another way to achieve asymmetry: ditch the other earring altogether. That’s what Harry Styles did with his Gucci pearl drop earrings, and what you can do with these. It helps that each one already makes such a statement on its own, what with the metal and crystal bee featured on them. Match the quirkiness of your earring with a print top.

HK$3,400 from Gucci

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From Khaite to Rodarte, pearl hair accessories ruled the runways. For SS20, Simone Rocha was particularly besotted with them, offering everything from hair clips to headbands laced with the shiny beads. This flower clip comes with crystals and will take your look from day to night — just be sure to wear it with a fittingly feminine ensemble.

HK$1,083 from Farfetch

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We know the 2000s are making their way back into our wardrobes again, which explains why the headband popped up everywhere from the Giambattista Valli runway to Givenchy’s haute couture show. Kaia Gerber was crowned with a handcrafted pearl headband at the latter, but you can always make do with a similarly regal piece like this one. Wear it with an elegant evening gown for maximum drama.

HK$1,375, HK$550 from MatchesFashion

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If your look is in need of a romantic touch, you can always for go these bold dangling earrings. Made by Colombian artisans with an array of baroque pearls, each earring resembles a row of blooming flowers.

HK$2,400 from Net-a-Porter

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You can’t talk pearls without talking about Mikimoto, which has just unveiled the latest Mikimoto Feather Collection. These silver studs are an instant jewellery box classic, with a design that sprawls out with dramatic, wing-like diamond feathers that cradle the Akoya pearl centre. A version with diamonds is also available (HK$43,300). Wear these with loose tresses pulled back into a low-sitting bun to let them take the spotlight.

HK$6,290 from Mikimoto

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When adding pearls to everyday wear, the secret is to favour irregularities. Instead of picking perfect spheres, off-kilter drops adds instant edge and intrigue. Case in point: Olivia & Pearl’s rendition of the beloved 90s-style choker. Hand-strung from consciously cultivated Keshi pearls, it glints with every movement and deserves recognition in its own right, so keep corresponding outfits simple — just a T-shirt and jeans will do.

£275 (approx. HK$2,809) from Olivia & Pearl

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