Whatever my own opinions on prep-dom (mixed and strong, like a good drink), I completely concur with Lisa Birnbach’s chosen accessories–pearls are polished and practical, which means you’ll wear yours forever, and then hand them along to your favorite guy or gal of the next generation. Best of all, your options in the pearl world really are endless: Coco Chanel wore faux, so these inexpensive glass studs are clearly a go–I always keep an eye out at thrift stores and garage sales for vintage strands to pile on top of t-shirts. I also have strong streak of goofy, avant-garde affinity (formed in the ’90s, what can you do) to push past prim: the cheeky elegance of this tangled necklace and reversible ring take this look to the next level. Of course, if money’s no issue, the sky’s the limit with beautiful baubles, and you really can’t go wrong. Just make sure the metals match your watch (or don’t–mixed metals just happen to boggle my mind).
So, prep or no, are you pro-pearl? Or is the whole thing passé?
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