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Everybody’s wearing shell jewelry

The beloved ’90s beach-vacation trinket has been elevated to a whole new level of cool

Vanessa Hong
Darja Barannik
Alexa Chung
Chloe Harrouche
Caroline Daur
Anya Ziourova

Seashells give most of us waves of nostalgia, harking back to days spent trawling boardwalk beach shops. But now, shell jewelry has metamorphosed from plastic vacation throwaway to sartorial statement with an infinitely more grown-up, luxe vibe.

From Alexa Chung to Vanessa Hong, inspiration on how to style shells is everywhere; we’ve seen (and loved) them worn with everything from silk shirts and slip dresses to relaxed tailoring. Ellery has the most unusual pieces, Pascale Monvoisin is your go-to for the perfect layering pendant, and Isabel Marant and Tohum have the best clustered creations. As for styling tips, add a pair of shell earrings to a basic tee and blazer combo or team a choker with an oversized suit to add some summer-throwback fun to a more formal look.


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