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Runway to Real Life: See How to Wear Pearls with this Chanel-Inspired Spring Look

For some reason, pearls became the trademark of the preppy WASP and never escaped the stigma of fashion prude. See a single-strand pearl necklace on a woman and the last thing you’re thinking is, “I bet she loves a good party.” Instead, you probably think she’s a bit of a square. Well it seemed with his spring runway collection for Chanel that Karl Lagerfeld aimed to change pearls’ trademark jewelry personality.

The majority of the 80 looks in his collection were styled with larger-than-life pearl necklaces and massive pearl bracelets. By exaggerating the proportions on these classic pieces of jewelry, Lagerfeld instantly transformed the look from conservative to cool. How to wear pearls for spring is about forgetting about the rules and going over-the-top.

But size isn’t the only game-changer here. Make your pearls a little less “lady” by pairing them with a dose of leather. A tough-chic skirt suit combination is the perfect Chanel-inspired antidote to that “lady who lunches” look

Click through the collage above to shop out Chanel-inspired outfit and see how to wear pearls this spring.

By Megan Hayes (@_mshayes)

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