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Shell fashion isn’t just for children
Does seashell-inspired fashion take you back to your formative years – maybe you had a purple beaded necklace with a plastic shell attached on the end?
Us too, so the idea doesn’t scream adult-suitable to us now.
Even so, we’re pleasantly surprised to see that this summer’s take on shell, pearl and slightly nautical feeling clothes and accessories is fun, without feeling childish.
Rather, these pieces feel a little more grown-up. And of course, grown-up doesn’t mean devoid of playfulness.
There are various ways this trend plays out, from pieces with reflective shell buttons, to more obvious statement designs.
While it makes a comeback in some form most summers, this year’s seashell vibe is striking the balance really well.
These are our top picks to inject some joy into your wardrobe and home:
Astrid & Miyu Illume Pearl Chain Necklace
Sophisticated yet statement (Picture: Astrid & Miyu)
If there was a necklace to elevate the beachy vibe, it’s this.
Chunky and on trend with a real freshwater pearl that catches the light – what more do you need for a sophisticated statement piece?
It also comes in a silver chain option which creates less contrast with the white pearl, and matching earrings.
Topshop Shell Grab Bag
Picnic ready (Picture: ASOS)
Topshop may no longer exist as it used to, but still their pieces are vibrant and on trend.
One of the more obvious designs being in a literal shell shape, the woven basket structure and faux-bamboo grab handles make this an appealing mishmash of styles.
& Other Stories Buttoned Maxi Strap Dress
Wear the trend subtly (Picture: & Other Stories)
This vibrant sea blue dress uses dainty shell buttons that shift their tone in the light.
The subtle detail adds some structure to the floaty dress too.
Summer Morning Studios Lilac Shell Candle
Perch this on a bedside table (Picture: Skinny Dip)
A quirky candle that will sit nicely as a decoration item or given as a gift.
If you are brave enough to burn this one, it’ll give off a relaxing lavender scent.
H&M lemlem Bracelets
The lemlem collection is limited edition (Picture: H&M)
H&M’s lemlem collection is beach perfect all round, and these bracelets feature delicate looking shells, but they’re actually made from recycled plastic.
There’s also a matching necklace set available if you like to co-ordinate.
Zara Crop Top With Faux Pearls
The top is covered in mini faux pearls (Picture: Zara)
This crop top is giving us strong mermaid shell bra vibes (especially as the colour description is ‘oyster white’).
Thankfully, this Zara number is socially acceptable to wear out beyond a fancy dress party.
Pair with jeans and trainers or heels to dress up and down with ease.
M&S Velvet Shell Embroidered Bolster Cushion
Prop up on a sofa or bed for a subtle room change (Picture: M&S)
This velvet cushion will look good on a sofa or in a bedroom for decoration.
Being blush in tone, it’ll add character to a room without sticking out or being a main point of focus.
& Other Stories Faux Pearl Hair Clip
Gently clip back hair around the crown for a soft beachy look (Picture: ASOS)
Hair clips are still having their moment in the sun along with pearls and shells, so combine two trends in one.
On blondes this will blend in with hair more subtly, while on brunettes and red heads it’ll be an eye-catching accessory.
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