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.

Pearl-embellished jeans look off-duty casual with sneakers and a utility jacket.


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Loafers add an elegant touch to a skirt-and-blazer combo with pearl details on the heels.


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The embellished trim on this dress makes it anything but ordinary. 

Ground a pretty blush sweater and pearl accents with patent-leather ankle boots.


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Pearl buttons add an elevated touch to a long overcoat.


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Classics like a moto jacket and turtleneck are balanced by pretty eyelet and lace-up, pearl-accented shoes.


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A pearl trim is unexpected on this dress and helps balance the edge of a leather- and denim-heavy outfit.

Your next date-night look, found.

Slightly asymmetrical pearl embellishments make this sweater an ultra-luxe option.

Wear just like this with metallic ankle boots and a fitted black sweater.

Wear this with leather leggings at night or tapered trousers for the office.

Elegant and pretty in a way only Miu Miu knows how to pull off.

Wear with a cool hoodie and white sneakers for an updated off-duty look.

If you were thinking about getting a beret this season, this is your sign.

Ladylike and military vibes combined.

These jeans might be way too cool for us. We're not sure—keep you posted.

Your black jeans have never looked so chic.

Keep the rest of your look simple to let these jeans stand out.

Update your plain slides with beautiful pearl accents.

You'll wear this skirt with all your favorite sweaters and ankle boots for fall.