Agreed! I went through an ultra preppy phase in college so I'm a bit tired of cream colored pearls right now, but I'm seriously considering investing in some black pearls. I think they look just a little more edgy, but add a bit of class to an outfit that might need a little "something."
I have a strand of Chanel pearls. I bought them last Christmas from Bergdorfs on a whim and have been really struggling to find ways to wear them. I am not girly by any means. During the day I'll wear them with ripped black skinnies & my denim/leather Alexander Wang jacket. I am afraid to look matronly in them. :/
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^ They're not for everybody. But they don't have to be too conservative if you style them right... I think the trick is to do smaller pearls, or at least small doses of them... I have pearl bracelets that I love.