Bags, sandals, hair clips, earrings, necklaces - it’s shells galore.
Shells started as the murmuring of a micro-fashion trend last year and, thanks to their Instagram and nostalgic appeal, have since turned into one of the biggest accessories trends for this season. Which is fortunate for us because nothing says summer like a seashell souvenir. Raise your hand if you remember hunting out shell anklets on your family holidays and stacking pukka shell necklaces with every outfit to prove to your crush you really were a surfer girl.
No longer reserved for holidays, shell accessories are making their way into the mainstream and as it turns out they are the perfect companion to summer parties, weddings, weekend getaways and even, when done right, an excellent addition to your workwear.
Wald Berlin and Tohum are leading the pack when it comes to shell accessories with everything from hairclips to headbands, and earrings to necklaces being garnered in the new summer staple. Jewellery newcomer, Alona, has launched the perfect shell drop earrings and footwear brand Ancient Greek Sandals is adding shell and leather anklets into their repertoire for the warmer months.
Essentially, the message is very clear: no longer just reticent of days gone by and youths eternally lost to the cute lifeguard, shells are officially chic. To celebrate, we have rounded up the best ones to adorn yourself in a bid to feel more summer.
& Other Stories shell bracelet
No longer holding on a string with decorative shells that have a lingering smell of the sea, & Other Stories have delivered an easy bracelet to add into your existing arm candy.
Gold shell bracelet, £13, & Other Stories
Russell & Bromley bag
Wedding season is officially upon us and with it comes the perils of dressing for the occasion. Take the stress out of matching your accessories to every look by investing in one all-pleasing piece.
Drawstring shell pouch, £235, Russell and Bromley
Topshop Hair Rings
When it comes to festivals, the latest accessory comes in the form of hair rings. Wrap these shell version into a messy bun or a low slung ponytail for an effortless take on the trend.
Shell hair rings, £7.50, Topshop
Ancient Greek Sandals Shell Anklet
Shells? Check. Roman looking gold coins? Check. A kind-to-your-ankle leather strap? Check. An adjustable clasp? Check. Thank you Ancient Greek Sandals for catering to our anklet needs this summer.
Shell and coin anklet, £55, Ancient Greek Sandals
Wald Berlin shell headband
You are well-versed in the realm of headbands now. In fact you have been living your best Blair Waldorf headband for quite some time. Wald Berlin just gave us summer Blair and as the finishing touch to our occasionwear wardrobe, we couldn’t be more grateful.
Shell headband, £189, Wald Berlin
Mango seashell sandals
Wear with cropped jeans and with little black dresses (or big black dresses). Wear with relaxed tailoring and denim cut offs. Basically wear this Mango slides with everything.
Seashell sandals, £35.99, Mango
Tohum gold shell necklace
Add a touch of luxury to your everyday with Tohum’s gold plated shell necklace - an easy way to elevate your wardrobe basics.
Gold shell necklace, £300, Tohum
Valet shell hairclips
Upgrade your pear clips and your crystal hair slides with cult brand Valet’s iconic shell hairclips. If you haven’t already seen them all over your Instagram, you are about it.
Two resin shell hairclips, £35, Valet
Alona shell drop earrings
Slightly more rustic in their appeal, Alona are adding a cool quirk to our earring game this summer.
Shell hoop drop earrings, £75, Alona
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