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The New Pearls Are No Longer Fussy or Precious

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Is there anything fussier than a pearl necklace? Unless you’re taking style cues from Betty Draper, the classic chain of pearls probably has limited use in your wardrobe. But they are making a comeback — just reimagined as buttons, trims, and hidden treasures under collars and sleeves.

Pearls have been making the rounds in accessories for a while, under Nicholas Kirkwood heels and along the straps of Miu Miu’s furry slides. Brands like Marc Jacobs are using oversized pearls to embellish sleeves, and fast fashion has taken note. One thing all these pearls have in common: they don’t feel too dainty or precious. Read on for seven tops that show off the trend.

Best Classic Version

Mango Poplin Sleeves T-shirt
$40 at Mango

There’s just enough interest added to a classic white poplin.

If You’re Really Into Trends

Farrow Elle Tiered Top
$58 at Need Supply Co.

Between the pearls, ruffles, and banker stripes, it’s a triple threat of trends.

The Most Ladylike

Twin-Set Pearled Seam Drawstring Neck Top
$144 at Farfetch

A feminine neck tie and a pearl-studded hem feel fresh, not stuffy.

The Best Pattern

Blouse With Criss-cross Back and Faux Pearls
$50 at Zara

The pearls are a unexpected pop against the pattern of the moment.

If You’re Feeling Fancy

Alice + Olivia Genia Top
$295 at Revolve

Luxe meets luxe.

Best Reworked Poplin

3.1 Phillip Lim Faux Pearl-Embellished Cotton-Poplin Shirt
$425 at Net-A-Porter

The past year, we’ve seen almost every way standard cotton poplin can be folded, embellished, and manipulated. The trend is going strong with pearl tailor-like pins.

Best Sweater Version

Marc Jacobs Faux Pearl-Embellished Wool-and-Cashmere-Blend Sweater
$450 at Net-a-Porter

Sweater weather is almost here. Pair with ugly pants and feel the warm glow of trendiness.

Best Extreme Take on the Trend

Kimhekim Venus Shirt
$453 at Need Supply Co

Why not make a statement with an origami fold and oversized studs?

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The New Pearls Are No Longer Fussy or Precious