Though Pearl & Swine is by no means a new label, its quirky trademark style, limited edition pieces and made-to-order policy means that the label has been kept something of a style secret from the mainstream – until now.
I myself only stumbled across Pearl & Swine a few weeks ago, after a friend of mine donned one of their Foxy Lady Half Mask Fascinators for Hallowe’en. It has to be said, many of the brand’s pieces are not for the faint-hearted, and many people (such as my aforementioned friend) will feel that such extravagant accessories are only really appropriate in a fancy-dress situation. However, for the more daring and/or experimental fashionista, Pearl and Swine provides a plethora of stand-out pieces that are bound to turn more than a few heads.
In theory I would like to clear out the whole of Pearl & Swine’s online store, but living on a student budget I realise that this is sadly an unattainable desire, for the time being at least. So, instead, I decided to pick out my top three pieces and explain why I adore them so much.
Outlandish? You bet. Outrageous? Most definitely. One of the most wow-factor accessories I have seen all season? Undoubtedly.
The Giant Cherry Hairband’s name speaks for itself, but just to give you more of an idea, Pearl & Swine describes the piece as “Giant shiny cherries on a wide black and white polka dot Alice band, dripping with red glitter.” Yummy!
Because every girl needs to get in touch with her inner child once in a while.
Forget the stereotypically tame fascinator: this fun fascinator combines adorable Minnie Mouse ears and a luxurious satin red-and-white polka dot bow, dusted with a coating of glitter for good measure.
A stunning, punning tribute to Blondie – queen of punk rock chic – the name of this piece alone made me want to own one.
This miniature beret, which can be attached to the hair with a comb for extra staying power, combines style with practicality. Made from hand-knitted pink wool and topped off with a gingham bow and sequinned sundae brooch, the Sundae Girl Beret is one of Pearl and Swine’s more understated accessories. Nonetheless, attention to detail and quality crafting make it a star buy; and if you’d prefer a beret in a different colour then the red Sweet Cherry Pie Beret or the Blue Cocktail Mini Beret come highly recommended.