I have not always been a pearls kind of girl. In fact, if I’m honest, I got my first pair of real pearl earrings over a year ago but only started wearing them regularly in the last few months. Until now, pearls – and the sweater sets and bob haircuts that so often go with them – have always felt too stuffy, too preppy, for my taste. Just the word preppy made me flinch when I was in high school – in fact, it still does a little. I remember those four years as a series of seemingly endless frustrations because having my own style was never a question for me, but it also meant that in the over-simplified, looks based world that I spent most of my time, I wasn’t easily identifiable as belonging to a particular group and therefore never totally fit in anywhere. (The fact was, I later realised, it wouldn’t have mattered how I dressed – I simply didn’t fit in Winnipeg. I still don’t, and I’m totally okay with it now. Normalcy is overrated.) I have associated preppy clothes, and pearl accessories, with girls whose attitude towards those who didn’t look like them often crossed the border into cruelty, so it’s no wonder I never instinctively reached for them. But not all pearls, much like people, are the same. It was my CC Lifestyles pearl earrings that first found their way into my daily wardrobe – the studs are simple and timeless, but can look decidedly modern with the right outfit. It wasn’t long before I found myself coveting their partner, the Lady of the Pearl necklace. Until now, the only time I’ve worn a pearl necklace has been when dressing up as Holly Golightly – my go-to costume – at Halloween. It’s amazing the difference that the right pearl necklace can make. I suppose the Lady of the Pearl would be at home with a sweater set, but it would still never cross my mind to wear it that way; these are pearls for a modern woman, and for the last days of summer I have paired them with silk tank tops and skinny jeans in varying states of disrepair. This winter, I will layer them with my oversized sweaters and vegan leather leggings. They are pearls in a way I didn’t know pearls could be, which is what I love about them. Pearls have such strong associations with certain styles, I would love to know – do you wear them?
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