Everything You Need To Create Your Dream Pearl Wedding Wardrobe

From pearl veils to shoes, the world is your oyster when it comes to this iridescent trend.
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Lauren Whalley
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Lauren Whalley
Fashion Editor, Beauty & Inclusivity
  • Lauren writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a specialty in fashion, beauty and size inclusivity.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Lauren worked in wedding editorial for Brides, Style Me Pretty and Enaura Bridal.
  • Lauren studied public relations and advertising at the University of Central Florida.
Updated Aug 17, 2023
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Pearlcore is one of fashion's classiest trends right now, and it's taking both the runway and the aisle by storm. While pearls may seem nostalgic of the 1980s and 1990s, they are experiencing a new renaissance (similar to the '90s-inspired Barbiecore trend), and we're obsessed.

Pearl searches have tripled over the past year alone, including for pearl wedding decorations, and there is no shortage of ways to incorporate the gemstone into your wedding wardrobe. "Pearls have been worn by brides for decades, and now we have all these special updated pearl pieces from shoes, clutches, hairpieces, and earrings," says Tali Gallo, Co-Founder and Bridal Stylist at The Bridal Finery in Winter Park, Florida. Before we get into our wedding-worthy picks, we're diving into what exactly pearlcore is and why couples cannot get enough of this timeless gemstone.

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What Is Pearlcore?

Historically, pearls were only worn by royalty and aristocrats like Cleopatra and Anne Boleyn. Pearls were mostly harvested from oyster shells found at the bottom of the ocean, making them a rare symbol of status. That was until Parisian designer Paul Poiret created the faux pearl. Soon after, Coco Chanel started incorporating the iridescent accent into her collections, and the rest is fashion history.

The Knot's Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor Shelley Brown notes the trend's rise in popularity on the wedding fashion scene. "Pearls have always been a bridal staple, but they're particularly hot right now. At the most recent New York Bridal Fashion week, pearl dresses, pearl veils and even pearl-encrusted gloves appeared in almost every collection."

Pearls aren't just seen on the runways, they have caught the eyes of celebrities like Olivia Rodrigo, Harry Styles and Gigi Hadid. And let's not forget Emma Stone's stunning pearl engagement ring, Ariana Grande's pearl and diamond toi et moi ring or Hailey Bieber's pearl-encrusted wedding dress designed by Virgil Abloh. Like Gallo says, "Anytime timeless and trendy merge, it's a yes for me."

19 Ways To Incorporate the Pearlcore Trend in Your Wedding

1. Pearl Headband

    Looking for a pearl hair accessory that stands out? This gorgeous Jennifer Behr headband will add serious volume to some beautiful soft curls for a wow-worthy moment.

    2. Pearl Drop Earrings

      These pearl beauties have been featured all over Instagram and TikTok, and it's no surprise why. The drop earring is stunning and makes the perfect addition to any modern bridal look.

      3. Pearl Gloves

        Gloves are having a moment right now, and we are here for it. This wrist-length pair from Nova Bridal is a statement in itself and the perfect pearl accessory to any clean gown.

        4. Pearl Dress

        "If brides don't get pearls on the ceremony dress, they are finding ways to add them to a second reception dress look." Gallo tells us. Case in point? This flouncy tulle ASOS dress is a match made in heaven for the pearl-loving bride.

        5. Pearl Sunglasses

          Calling all fashionistas: You need to add these retro sunglasses to your shopping list ASAP. Whether you're honeymooning in the Bahamas or sipping poolside cocktails for your bachelorette, you're sure to shine bright in these pearl sunnies.

          6. Pearl Pumps

          "A subtle way to include pearls is to buy shoes with a small pearl detail," Gallo says. "The shoes are covered for most of the wedding and have little peek-a-boo moments in photos. It's a fun way to wear pearlcore without committing to a full pearl look." This satin pointed-toe satin from Lulus is accented with a wrappable faux pearl ankle strap that adds just the right amount of sparkle.

          7. Pearl Veil

          Hello, beautiful. This breathtaking veil has a soft dusting of pearls along the trim that adds a touch of texture for visual interest. The result? A wow-worthy aisle moment.

          8. Pearl Necklace

          Looking to get your bridesmaids in on the pearlcore trend? These dainty gold necklaces from Birdy Grey are budget-friendly and make the perfect gift for your besties.

          9. Pearl Wedding Band

          Move over diamonds, pearls are the new girl's best friend. This freshwater pearl ring from Mejuri is made with recycled 14K gold and is so timeless that you'll never want to take it off. It's a lovely option for those wanting an alternative to the standard diamond eternity band.

          10. Pearl Boots

          Knee-high pearl boots? Say no more. These Betsy Johnson boots were made to be worn for a Nashville bachelorette weekend on Broadway.

          11. Pearl Birdcage Veil

          Calling all vintage brides! This birdcage veil comes in multiple colors and has eye-catching pearl accents that will have all eyes on your beautiful face.


          12. Pearl Bracelet

          Is there anything more sophisticated than a pearl bracelet? This simple freshwater pearl accessory from Brilliant Earth is the perfect finishing touch for nearly any outfit in your wedding wardrobe.

          13. Pearl Crown

          If you're looking for a pearl heirloom piece that can be passed down from generation to generation, look no further than Maria Elena's collection of crowns. This one in particular was even worn by Paris Hilton at her wedding. Now that's hot.

          14. Pearl Nail Gems

          Looking for a more subtle way to include pearls on your big day? Request a pearl mani at the salon or use these pearl gem stickers from Ulta that can be easily applied on top of polish or press-on nails.

          15. Pearl Claw Clip

          The '90s claw clip has made a comeback, and this modernized pearl version will keep your hair looking stylish and in place for all of your wedding events.

          16. Pearl Bow

          Bows and pearls are a match made in heaven, which is why we were immediately sold as soon as we laid eyes on Jennifer Behr's all-over pearl bow barette. Feminine elegance at its finest!

          17. Pearl Sandals

          Kick off your heels at the reception and trade them for a cute pair of pearl-adorned sandals so you can (stylishly) dance the night away.

          18. Pearl Cocktail Ring

          A​n oh-so-gorgeous cocktail ring compliments any look, from wedding showers to engagement parties. The modern ring features two cultured pearls in an open setting for an edgy, of-the-moment look.

          More Pearlcore Wedding Inspiration

          1. Pearl Wedding Dress

          2. Pearl Headband

          3. Fishtail Braid Hairstyle with Pearl Accents

          4. Cathedral-Length Pearl Veil

          Bride wears a floor-length veil embelllished with pearls.
          Kaitllyn Luckow Photography

          5. Dainty Pearl Buttons

          6. Pearl Drop Earrings

          7. Pearl Hijab

          8. Pearl Wedding Shoes

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