Pearls are trendier than ever Timeless yet modern.

Pearls, the perfect gems from the depths of the sea, are never really out of fashion, but right now, they are trendier than ever! And from what we’ve seen in the AW 2020/2021 collections, the pearl trend is showing no sign of fading away.

Can classic be modern?

Although some might think of them as conservative or classic, you can actually wear pearls with a modern twist. Just think of Alessandro Michele’s Gucci show. He sent his models down the catwalk with their heads and part of their faces covered in pearls. This summer, the white beads are a must. But for next season, Dolce&Gabbana, Miu Miu, Prada and Givenchy, among many others, are still investing their creativity in pearls.

Pearl-embellished looks for Givenchy Haute Couture SS 2020. Photos courtesy of Givenchy.

A treasured gem

Pearls have been worn in jewellery since Ancient Greece. They have always been one of the most treasured gems, mainly for their rarity. Pearls symbolised in many ancient cultures, the moon, the purity, generosity and femininity. The Ancient Chinese, for example, believed pearls would protect the wearer from dragons and fire. But leaving aside all these symbolisms, the white beads are incredibly flattering, they lighten up any look and go well with all styles.

How to wear them in 2020?

You can wear them now with romantic flower prints. Additionally, mix them with your jeans and a crisp white shirt for an elegant but casual office look. Maxi or mismatched earrings with pearls are contemporary and can glam up any outfit. Update your summer looks adding big brooches, barrettes or headbands with pearls like the ones seen at Simone Rocha’s AW 2020/2021.

Simone Rocha pearl-embellished headbands and shoes for AW 2020. Photos courtesy of Simone Rocha

The popularity of pearls has grown for several seasons now. And not only for jewellery. Designers have embellished everything with pearls, from Dolce & Gabbana maxi-tiaras to Gucci belts, the beautiful white gems are everywhere.

Coco Chanel and pearls

One cannot imagine the chic Coco Chanel without her signature pearl necklaces. Over the years, we got used to Karl Lagerfeld using loads of pearls in all his collections for Chanel. And now, Virgine Viard, his replacement, is keeping alive the legacy of Coco Chanel and her love for pearls.

Long rows of pearls, chunky crosses and bracelets at Chanel FW 2020/2021. Photos courtesy of Chanel.

So before buying any new accessory, be it shoes, bags or jewellery, make sure it has plenty of pearls! Although pearls are trendier than ever right now, they will continue going as strong during fall-winter 20/21. And we can assure you that you will keep wearing them for much longer because the classic pearls are timeless.

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This article was written originally in July 2018 and updated in July 2020 –  Title image courtesy of Simone Rocha