These Aren't Your Grandmother's Pearls

One of the most iconic portraits of Coco Chanel, captured by Herb Ritts, saw her wearing layered strands of pearls. The designer famously once said: "A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls," and though it's been over 45 years since her death, Karl Lagerfeld has kept her penchant for the world's oldest gem alive and well; in recent years Chanel's collection have shown various iterations of the opulent stone, with oversized pearls on models' necks and wrists, and on jackets and bags.
This past season, other designers followed suit, with pearls adorning different kinds of attire, from Ellery's oversized minimalist olive-green suit to Ashley Williams' western-inspired mini dresses. Ryan Lo gave his cyber-pop models pearl collars, while Jour/né teamed ruffled Bardot tops and loose trousers with layered pearl belts and Huishan Zhang presented what we predict will be the new racing stripe: vertical lines of pearls running down the front of trousers. In short: Pearls have been freed from the straight-laced and the stuffy, and are now worn with a heavy dose of contemporary cool. And with fall on the horizon, our closets could use a little something fresh.
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& Other Stories Pearl Suede Boots, $195, available at & Other Stories.
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Free People Sunday Funday Trucker, $148, available at Free People.
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Alexa Chung Mandarin Collar Dress, $625, available at Alexa Chung.
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Zara Shirt with Faux Pearls and Gathered Sleeves, $49.90, available at Zara.
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Simone Rocha Lace-up Sneakers with Embellishment, $349 $209, available at Stylebop.
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ASOS Open Wire Pearl Through Earrings, $8, available at ASOS.
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Adeam Faux Pearl-embellished Asymmetric Crepe Wrap Top, $1,105, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Shrimps Antonia Bag, $484.65, available at Shrimps.
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Mango Pearl Button Shirt, $49.99, available at Mango.
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Uterque Mom Fit Jeans with Faux Pearls, $109.83, available at Uterque.
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Attico Elena Embellished Point-toe Canvas Shoes, $633 $316, available at
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Gucci Embellished Print Cotton Jersey T-shirt, $890, available at LUISAVIAROMA.
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Eloquii Studio Wide Leg Trouser with Pearls, $99.90, available at Eloquii.
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Miu Miu Faux Pearl-embellished Fur Slippers, $990, available at MyTheresa.