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Style File: Not Your Mother's Pearls

They might seem dowdy, but wearing pearls is in how you style them.









I was flipping through channels the other evening and once again (seemingly daily) the Sex and the City movie was on. It was the scene where Carrie was shopping at Diane von Furstenberg downtown.

She was wearing pearls—a simple pink dress, studded belt, and a long strand of pearls. Made me wonder why you don’t often see pearls out there much anymore. I think somewhere there became a stigma about them, a Stepford connotation. They’re stuffy,  boring.

However I think it’s time they come back, but in a different mix. Not in the expected “lady-like” way but much to the contrary. My favorite acting teacher and early style Icon, Andi Horowitz, used to wear the longest strand of pearls to acting class almost daily.  But she did it in the chicest way. Thrown on with a white T-shirt and skinny denim—the anti- lady, more rock star. It felt glamorous without trying.

And this is what they had Carrie doing in Sex and the City on numerous occasions. In the same movie she literally slept in them, playing them against the norm. She’s giving them a younger life. By not treating them so precious, she’s making them cool again.  So pull out the long strands of pearls, girls. But throw them on with something simple. These aren’t your Mother’s pearls, even if they are.

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