Today’s mom is busier than ever. In between school, homework, extracurriculars, errands, work, side hustles, the gym (ha, as if there was time for that), and more, it’s all too often that moms forget about, well, themselves. And yes, sometimes that means their clothes. After all, who has time to keep up with today’s fashion trends?
We’ve got you covered. The good news is that one of the world’s most versatile gemstones is very much back in style…and you probably even already have some in your jewelry box. The pearl emerged as a frontrunner in 2017, and it continues to pick up steam in 2018, too. With little planning (and budget), pearls can be your best friend in almost any circumstance, including in the office, baseball practice, lunch with the ladies, and more.
But not all pearls are created equal, and how you wear them and in what situation can determine fashion success or failure. Here’s a rundown.
Best for: Happy hour, running around town, concerts, fun nights out (though they seem to be few and far between these days for busy moms), weekends.
Pair with: Denim, leather.
Ok, so classic white just isn’t your thing. Not a problem. Want to unleash a little bit of your inner rockstar? Black pearls can be the way to go. Tahitian cultured pearls are the only naturally black colored pearls on earth. Their natural color comes from that of the black lip oysters. And although black might be the most common Tahitian color, they also come in colors ranging from graphite to metallic silver. They feature overtones that are greenish, bluish or purplish.
Best for: The office (when paired with professional clothing), casual brunches, running around town.
Pair with: Pencil skirts, dress slacks, professional blouses; if going casual, they go great with maxi and sundresses, denim, skirts, and shorts.
Layering is all the rage – just ask the Kardashians, Rihanna, or T-Swift. Plus, it’s easy to pull off once you get a handle on the various lengths required. This handy guide can help you out. From choker to princess to matinee length, you probably have to do a quick read before investing in this look.
Best for: Casual settings.
Pair with: Just about anything
From rings to bracelets, stacking can help you create a more youthful look and help keep you on trend with today’s styles. However, for this reason we don’t recommend stacking rings and bracelets in the workplace; save this style for more casual settings.
Since stacking diamonds is usually a luxury reserved for the ultra-rich, we recommend going with something a little more, shall we say, obtainable. Simple gold and silver bands work nicely together for rings, as to alternative-gemstone solitaires. Here’s where the pearl comes in once again. At a pretty affordable price, you can style with white, peach, pink, and gold colors. No need to spend a fortune, either. Head online rather than to your local brick-and-mortar retailer to save some cash. If you can find a website that sells wholesale, even better. Here’s a good one with solid reviews and ratings.
No matter what your style and how busy your schedule, you can use one of fashion’s hottest gemstones to revitalize your look. Best of all, it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. If you’re still seeking inspiration, you won’t have to look very far. Pick up the latest copy of People Magazine, Vogue, or InStyle, where you’re sure to find the latest pearl looks and trends. It’s what’s trending!