The ‘Hot Mess’ Look – How Fashionistas Wear Pearls

September 18, 2014 by Melissa

Celebrities and royalty have worn pearls for as long as anyone can remember, (rightfully) giving many people the opinion that they can only be worn in formal settings, or to dress up a casual outfit at work or on the weekend. It doesn’t matter whether you agree with this distinction or not, because recently fashionistas have commandeered the pearl spotlight and used them to show another side to this versatile jewelry.

One recent example of the ‘hot mess’ look was worn well by Rihanna, where she used a layered pearl choker to add a classy accessory to an otherwise edgy outfit. You can also see this look at play off the red carpet, with shots of celebrities adopting a casual pair of jeans and plain t-shirt along with a pearl necklace.

This is the ultimate in classy/cool and it shows you one important thing about pearls; you can wear them anywhere and at any time, provided that you have the right pearl necklace for the job.

While almost any pearl necklace will do, throwing on a large set of multicolored Tahitian pearls still won’t look right when you’re running out the door. The look that you are going for is much more of a casual style, so anything overly formal won’t work well. Additionally, you’ll want to tone it down by selecting a smaller diameter pearl. While large diameter (11-13mm) pearls look fantastic, they don’t exactly scream ‘casual’.

The best option is to choose a strand of pearls that’s a bit on the smaller side (7-9mm) and that is of medium length. A great choice is a white freshwater pearl necklace, no longer than 17 inches. It will look great around your neck, and will help you complete your casual ‘just got out of bed’ look without being too overt.

It’s that easy to embody the classy/cool ‘hot mess’, even when you’re just running out the door to get some groceries. Try it out the next time that you’re running out the door, and watch heads turn as you walk down the street.