Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thursday Feature: How to Wear Pearls

Good Morning,

I thought it might be kind of fun to discuss necklace or chain lengths, what they are called and how to wear them for a particular occasion.

Today's Fashion is a mish-mash mix and match mess! Long gone are the Fabulous Fashions of the 1940's sophisticated, tailored, feminine. So, I could do without the hats.  My favorite attire consists of Jeans and a T-shirt, but there are occasions when I have to dress up and put on the Girl-wear and behave like a lady. Then comes the question of the right accessory to go with that little black dress.

Although these lengths are meant for Pearls, they are a good gauge for chains as well.

Pearl Collars are 12 to 13 inches long, usually made up of three or more pearl strands and lie snugly on the middle of the neck. Very Victorian and luxurious, pearl collars go best with elegant V-neck, boat neck or off the shoulder fashions. Sometimes also called a Wedding or Bride's Collar.

This collar is a bit over done. Pearl collars should a be simple three strand piece. You may also use longer strands of pearls and wrap them to create a two strand collar with a "swag" that drapes the shoulder and collarbone area called the décolletage or décolleté.

Chokers are 14 to 16 inches long, and perhaps the most classic and yet versatile of all the single strand pearl lengths. A simple pearl choker can go with virtually any outfit from casual to fancy evening wear, and just about any neckline imaginable. A 16 inch pearl choker necklace is the most popular length for pearl necklaces. 

Princess / Tea Length - 17 to 19 inches long. The princess or Tea length pearl necklace is best suited for crew and high necklines. It also compliments low plunging necklines. A pendant or pearl drop may be added for extra appeal and "oopmh". 18" inch strands are the second most popular length for pearl necklaces.


Matinee is 20 to 24 inches long. Longer than the pearl princess necklace, and just a bit shorter than an opera length pearl necklace, the matinee pearl necklace is the right choice for casual or business dress.


Opera Length is 28 to 34 inches long. The pearl opera necklace is the queen of all lengths. When worn as a single pearl strand, it is refined and perfect for high or crew necklines. When doubled upon itself, it serves as a versatile two strand pearl choker.

Ropes are 45 inches in length (or longer). Elegance and sensuously sexy, the pearl rope was a favorite of Coco Chanel. For those looking for the complete pearl wardrobe, this length is a must. The rope can be wrapped for a shorter collar and swag look.

These are sometimes tied (knotted) and worn down the back, showing off a slinky backless or strapless dress.

Thank you for stopping by and having a look.  The Alchemists Vessel would like to wish you a pleasant rest of the week!



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