Here's How to Wear Pearls If Pearls Aren't Your Thing

While pearls typically conjure images of oversize earrings and stuffy sweater sets, the pretty jewel doesn't have to be synonymous with your grandma's jewelry box. Designers were rethinking the use of pearls last season, as evidenced by the embellishments that were everywhere on the S/S 17 runways, from Moschino's printed pearls to Vera Wang's allover embellishments. While the pearl earring will always be a timeless jewelry choice, it's time to reconsider how to wear pearls in a very 2017 fashion, which is to say, as unexpected embellishments and buttons on everything from jackets to jeans.

Though we love how the accent gives any piece a luxurious, elegant feel, we're here to say that you can totally rock a more laid-back look with pearls abounding. Case in point, embellished jeans—which can be found everywhere and in every iteration this season—are a cool-girl favorite worn with edgy ankle boots or sneakers. Not quite ready to go all the way with accented denim? Try pearl-embellished shoes. Our favorites, like a pair of Gucci loafers or Stuart Weitzman boots, add a minimal touch of pearls but deliver the maximum sartorial effect.

Click through to see how to wear pearls the 2017 way and shop our favorite pieces embellished with the pretty jewel.