Susan Miller

·Master of Fine Arts in Jewelry Design, Pratt Institute, 2012

·Bachelor of Arts in Gemology, University of California, Los Angeles, May 2005

·Editor-in-Chief, White Victoria (2018 - present)

·Write and research feature articles and profiles for print and online publication

·Contributing Writer, Modern Jeweler and Ornament

·Write and publish freelance articles for IGS and WSJ Magazine

·Jewelry Appraiser (2012 - 2020)

When it comes to timeless elegance, nothing quite beats a pearl-encrusted outfit. Pearls have been a staple in fashion for centuries and continue to be popular today. So a pearl outfit is a perfect choice, whether you're attending a black-tie event or want to add some luxury to your casual wardrobe.

Throughout my years as a fashion stylist, I have encountered many styles of pearl dresses. Rest assured, you will find the one that suits your taste. From slinky slip dresses to glamorous ballgowns, there's a pearl outfit for every occasion. 

If you need help style your pearl apparel, don't worry - we've covered you. Read this blog post for tips on wearing a pearl dress like a fashion pro.

The History of Pearl Adoption in Fashion

Pearls have been associated with luxury and wealth for centuries, and it's no surprise they've made their way into the fashion world.

Ancient Times

The pearl has been a popular fashion accessory for centuries. The earliest recorded use of pearls in fashion was from the 4th century BC when Persian princesses wore pearl necklaces and headdresses. In ancient Rome, pearl jewelry was trendy among the wealthy upper class.


During the Renaissance, pearls became even more popular. Queen Elizabeth, I was primarily known for her love of pearls, and she often wore pearl necklaces, earrings, and other pieces. She even had a red bejeweled dress with pearl trimmed special for her! Pearl dresses were costly and only worn by the wealthiest people.

Modern Times

In the 19th century, pearls became more accessible to the general public. It was due partly to new technologies that made it easier to produce cultured pearls. These pearls are grown in pearl farms rather than being found in the wild. As a result, they are more affordable than natural pearls.

Due to their lower cost, pearl jewelry became more popular among the middle and upper classes. Pearl necklaces, earrings, and other items became standard fashion accessories. Pearl dresses were also popular, especially for special occasions such as balls and weddings.

Since then, some famous brands have started using pearls in their collections. Such brands include Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, and Dolce & Gabbana. Pearl dresses by these designers have become a popular choice for red carpets and other formal events. Pearl items have also been seen on the runways of many high fashion brands.

What Are the Impressive Pearl Wears?

Pearls are universally-loved for their classic beauty, and pearl dresses are no exception. Celebrities like Audrey Hepburn have popularized the pearl dress, and many modern stars have been spotted wearing them on red carpets and other special occasions. 

Here are some of the most impressive pearl wears:

Pearl Dress Worn by Audrey Hepburn 

The pearl dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of the most iconic pearl dresses of all time. The dress is simple and sleeveless, with a string of pearls around the neck. The dress is said to represent Hepburn's character's sophistication and elegance. The pearl dress has been copied by many designers and is still a popular choice for red-carpet events and other formal occasions.

"Elsie" Pearl Encrusted Ball Gown Worn by Marilyn Monroe

Another popular pearl dress is the "Elsie" pearl encrusted ball gown worn by Marilyn Monroe. The dress is a strapless, sweetheart neckline ball gown covered in pearl embroidery. It is reported to have taken over 700 hours to complete and is worth over $1 million. The dress was designed by Jean Louis and is considered one of Monroe's most iconic looks.

Flawless Pearl-Encrusted Dress Worn by Barbie Ferreira

Besides, it's impossible not to mention the Flawless Pearl-Encrusted Dress worn by Barbie Ferreira at Met Gala in 2021. The pearl-encrusted dress was custom-made for Barbie by LA-based designer Jonathan Simkhai. The dress features over 200,000 pearls and took over 100 hours to make. Barbie accessorized the dress with pearl-encrusted heels and a pearl-encrusted headpiece.

These are just a few examples of the many iconic pearl-encrusted items worn over the years. They are a timeless choice for any occasion.

What Are Pearl Wears Available in Daily Life?

The pearl is a classic and timeless gemstone associated with luxury and wealth for centuries. While once only worn by the very wealthy, pearl jewelry and clothing are now more accessible to the average person and come in different sizes. 

There are many ways to incorporate pearls into your wardrobe, from simple pearl earrings to an elegant pearl necklace or a show-stopping pearl dress.

Here are some examples of brands that have launched pearl clothing:


Zara is one of the mass-market brands actively pursuing the pearl clothing market. Their pearl dresses are elegant and classic, with a modern twist. The items come in various colors, from simple black to a more eye-catching pearl white to fit your style.

One example of such a clothing item is Satin Effect Dress With Pearl Effect Straps. This timeless midi dress features an elegant V-neckline and faux pearl appliqué thin straps.

Another example is Vintage Mini Dress with Backless Straps and Pearl Beads. Still, Zara incorporates pearls in dresses, sweaters, and blouses, such as the Cropped Sweater with Faux Pearls.

Asos Petite

Asos is another affordable brand that offers pearl clothing items. Their pearl dresses, jumpers, sweaters, and other clothing items are perfect for special occasions or a night out on the town. With such a variety of styles and colors to choose from, there's something for everyone.

This New Look Petite one-shoulder puff sleeve jumper with pearl detail in black is an excellent option for a casual day or night out. The pearl details on the jumper give it a touch of luxury.

This ASOS DESIGN Petite pearl velvet embellished mini dress is perfect for something a little more formal. The pearl beads and sequins add a touch of glamour to the dress, while the velvet color makes it luxurious and comfortable at the same time.


Dior is another high-end brand that offers pearl dresses and other pearl clothing items. Their pearl dresses are unique and luxurious, with a feminine touch. The colors of the dresses range from subtle to statement-making, depending on the style of the dress.

One example is the Christian Dior Gray Silk Blend Beaded Crystal Pearl Dress. This gorgeous dress is made with a gray silk blend and features beaded crystal and pearl detailing.

Another example is the pink Dior pearl Embellished Sweater. This pearl sweater is adorned with pearls, giving it a luxurious and feminine touch.


Chanel is a brand that is well-known for its pearl jewelry. However, they also offer pearl clothing like the Chanel Pearl Button Dress. This dress is a classic and timeless piece that can be worn for various occasions.

Another example is Chanel Cashmere Sweater Cardigan With Pearl Beaded Applique. This pearl sweater is a more casual piece that can be worn for everyday activities. Still, its pearl buttons and pearl beaded applique make it a unique and memorable item.

These are just some examples of brands that you can shop for women's pearl clothing items for any price range. They show that pearls are a classic and timeless gemstone that can be incorporated into your wardrobe in various ways.

How To Go With a Pearl Dress?

There's something about pearls that instantly makes us feel luxurious. It's their classic, elegant look or how they always seem to add some refinement to any outfit. Whatever the reason, we can't get enough of them! 

However, sometimes it takes work to match a pearl dress with your shoes, bags, jewelry, and even hairstyle!

So below are some tips on how to style a pearl dress according to your style!


You can wear heels or flats depending on your pearl dress's formality. If you're wearing a more casual pearl dress, like a sundress or shift dress, then opt for a pair of cute flats or sandals. If you're wearing a more formal pearl dress, like an evening gown, go for a couple of heels or pumps.


Again, the type of bag you choose should depend on the formality of your dress. If you're wearing a casual pearl dress, a small clutch or handbag would be perfect. You could use a giant bag or a statement-making purse if you wear a more formal pearl dress.


When it comes to jewelry, less is more. A pair of pearl earrings or a simple pearl necklace would be the perfect finishing touch to any outfit.


If you're wearing a pearl dress, you should consider doing something special with your hair. A sleek updo or a pretty ponytail would be perfect for showing off your dress. If you have long hair, try wearing it in loose waves or curls.


As with jewelry, less is more when it comes to makeup. A natural makeup look would be the best way to complement a pearl dress. A touch of mascara and some lipgloss would be all you need!

With these tips in mind, you'll be sure to look your best in a pearl dress!


So, if you want to be in the latest fashion trend and wear pearls, go ahead! A variety of pearl dresses are available online or at your favorite clothing store. 

Remember the occasion when selecting your pearl wear; for example, if you're attending a black-tie event, go all out with some impressive pearl-encrusted clothes! If you're looking for something subtle to spruce an everyday outfit, try matching a pearl dress with some understated accessories. 

No matter what route you choose, every woman should have at least one piece of pearl item in her closet. So how do you plan on styling your pearls?