STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Pearls of Wisdom

There is something indescribable about the power of pearls. They immediately bring elegance to a look and take someone from a girl to a lady. Since ancient times, the pearl have been synonymous with luxury and perfection. Naturally, there have been variations of pearl necklaces, from gaudy, oversized costume jewelry to the tried and true old school single strand.

Today's Fashionista showed off her love for pearls while strolling to class. Her ensemble was very much that of a trendsetter, dabbling in knots, high-low layers and the military trend. To pull in a sophsiticated element she threw on a pearl necklace adding a whole new dimension to her fashion-forward look.  

What I love most about Generation Y is our ability to take a nostalgic item like a pearl necklace and to modernize it for the everyday Fashionista. This week, let go of your preconceived notions about pearl necklaces. Pearls are not just for grandmas and ladies who lunch- it's the “It” girl who knows the power of this perfect piece. 

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Pearls of Wisdom

As the summer styles sift out and the back-to-school styles blend in, prepare to seize your shopopportunity by snagging summertime steals and scoping out schoolwear simultaneously. Although your favorite stores may not be fully ripe with fall apparel just yet, now is the perfect time to browse bargains that can work both ways. This Fashionista puts her style (and school) smarts to good use with a sophisticated summer style that can just as easily be classroom compatible. Still taking advantage of the summer styles (and sales), this Fashionista finds the perfect piece for making the transition from summer into fall. With the addition of a simple shrug or jean jacket, this delightful dress can brush off the brisk breeze just as well as it beats the city heat.

Beautifully blending funk and finesse, this Fashionista combines a sophisticated string of pearls with sunshine shaded sandals and a coordinating hobo bag. Playing up the palette of summertime shades on bottom with multi-colored madras and bright accessories, while remaining reserved on top with solid shades and a simple strand, this Fashionista balances city chic with school sophistication. Versatile enough for lecture hall or late-night, this ensemble certainly sets example. To study up on summertime steals and back-to-school deals as chic as this one, budge your browsers to Modcloth.com

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Pearls of Wisdom

Fashion is multi-faceted, many faced, and all powerful any way you choose to look at it. It is revealing through its mystery and mysterious through its revelations. I admired this Fashionista’s choice of a girl pink and lace top thrown casually over a regular black camisole, yet made elegant by the various strings of pearls cascading down her neck in all lengths and colors. The pairing of colors in the outfit is perfect for the end-of-winter feel and are almost whimsically paired to elude to the transition of seasons. For a similar pearl necklace, try here. And for a flattering lace top, try the CUSP in Georgetown – one of my favorite boutiques!

Style On,

Ana

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Pearls of Wisdom

Last week I fawned over a Fashionista's ability to create a work of art on her wrist by mixing several different bracelets and charms. Now, I don't mean to be chain-centric here, but I couldn't help but notice another Fashionista's ability to create an interesting piece on her neck using a chain necklace and mommy's old string of pearls. How 'Nirvana does Jane Austen' don't you think?

If you are afraid to plunge whole heartedly into the chain, stud, mega metal embellishment trend, then the marriage of elegance and edge, created by the juxtaposition of metal and pearl, is for you! I wouldn't let Grams know that you are mixing her Mikimotos with a few chains however, she may not be too keen to let you parade around in them. If that's the case, run down to a costume jewelry shop and grab a fake strand. All the glam and none of the worry! As for chains, be craft and head to your local hardware or beading store. Both are likely to have a great selection of different size and weights of chains in all sorts of finishings. Wrap them around a few times, drape them any way you like, then either wear them like a lariat, loose and open, or ask someone at a local beading store to help you secure a clasp. And VOILA! your own masterpiece.

Style On,

Patsy
 

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