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How to work pearl accessories like Harry Styles

“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 Spring/Summer 2020.

Pearl accessories are the jewellery du jour. 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.

Styles’ pearls are provided by Gucci, but there are plenty of other brands that have shown us their take on the classic jewellery piece this season. Alexander McQueen’s baroque aesthetic was emphasized on the 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 recently 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 timeless iridescent jewellery.

Miu Miu cord necklace with crystals

In this Miu Miu necklace, strings of delicate pearls are entwined with tough cords, putting an androgynous spin on Holly Golightly’s favourite accessory. The juxtaposition between the two materials should be replicated in your outfit. Wear the necklace with a sheer, flounce top and a denim skirt.

$2,730, Miu Miu

Anita Berisha gold-tone pearl necklace

This necklace is meant to highlight the beauty of nature in all its irregularities. You’ll find plenty of them in each hand-picked pearl, which gives the necklace an off-kilter look when compared to the classic one. Slip on a slinky dress and let the necklace shine at your next soiree.

S$314.30, Net-a-Porter 

Anissa Kermiche labyrinth pearl and gold ring

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.

S$435, Matches Fashion

Sophie Buhai assemblage bracelet

Made with a mixture of freshwater pearls, baroque pearls and faux pearls, this bracelet resembles a piece of treasure that has surfaced from the sea. The homespun charm of the bracelet also makes it the perfect addition to a casual look. Think T-shirt, jeans, and strappy Jacquemus sandals.


Givenchy Midnight pearl asymmetrical earrings

When it comes to pearl earrings, asymmetry is everything. A mismatched pair will add a dash of edginess to your look, and there isn’t a pair more so than these drop Givenchy ones. Adorned with pearls of different shapes and Swarovski crystals, these earrings will stand out best against dark hair let loose. Wear them with a blazer and a matching skirt for instant cool girl status.

S$1,000, Givenchy

Gucci bee earrings with drop pearls

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.


Simone Rocha white large flower hair clip

From Khaite to Rodarte, pearl hair accessories ruled the runways. This season, 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.

S$223.69, SSENSE

Shrimps bronco zigzag faux-pearl headband

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 this season. 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.

S$240, Matches Fashion

Rosantica epica faux-pearl necklace

Speaking of drama, how’s this for a statement accessory? The necklace is made with rows of large drop pearls that will drape lavishly over your collar. Just make sure your evening gown doesn’t get in the way — opt for an off-shoulder dress.

S$730, Matches Fashion

Bibi Marini gold-plated pearl earrings

If your formal dress of choice isn’t off-shoulder, though, 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 — perfect a look in need of a romantic touch.

S$381.95, Net-a-Porter

Pameyla Cambe
Senior Writer
Pameyla Cambe is a fashion and jewellery writer who believes that style and substance shouldn't be mutually exclusive. She makes sense of the world through Gothic novels, horror films and music. Lots of music.