WORDS BY STEPHEN YU
Ah, seashells. Repressed memories come flooding back. That time Ellie from school stole that art prize from you with her shell art (that clearly wasn't as good as yours). That time on holiday when you wanted to get your hair braided, but mum would only buy you a shell bracelet. That holiday fling with Chad, and his embarrassing puka shell necklace.
Ever since the dawn of mankind, our lives have been inextricably linked to the discarded outer skeletons of molluscs (...ew). From currencies to religious symbols, and musical instruments, shells have done it all. But adulthood has banished these iridescent beauties to memories of beachside souvenir shops and pushy beach salesmen. That is until now.
After sightings on-shore for the first time since the 90s, thanks to Prada’s AW17 women and SS18 men's collections, shell jewellery has been making a comeback at anything but snail’s pace. Other brands like have since hopped on the trend. Rather than those you’d find strewn across your favourite beach you’d find on the beach, this new wave of shell jewellery is elevated through gold and silver coatings and jewelled decorative detailing.
Our tips on how to wear this trend? Look no further.
If you’re lucky enough to be heading off somewhere hot this year, pair big shell necklaces with a white linen dress to show that old holiday fling how much you’ve grown up.
▶ Shop the look: Tohum Large Puka Natural Shell Necklace
Steer clear of fussy necklines when wearing a statement earring. Opt for a polo knit and scraped back hair to keep the attention on your jewellry.
◀ Shop the look: Rosantica White Fato Shell Hoop Earrings
These opulent gold tassel earrings are the perfect accessory for a winter wedding paired with a v-neck midi dress. You’ll lure many a drunken sailor into the depths of the sea with these on.
▶ Shop the look: Aurelie Bidermann Shell Necklace
Puka shell graduates from douchebag’s necks to your beautiful wrists. Ensure you wear bracelet length sleeves to show these off.
◀ Shop the look: Loree Rodkin Paved Shell Bracelet
Clip your hair up and wear a backless top for a sultry look.
▶ Shop the look: Petite Grand Shell Anklet
You don’t always have to go overboard with shells. Wear these subtle gold earrings so you can always hear the ocean in your ear.
◀ Shop the look: Alison Lou 14kt Yellow Gold Shell Stud Earring
Wear this big shell necklace over a plunging neckline to leave men shellshocked.
▶ Shop the look: Maison Margiela Coquillage Necklace
Pair these iridescent shell earrings with a chunky white knit this winter for a classy winter look.
◀ Shop the look: Polder CT Round Earrings