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Pearly greats make a comeback

Pearls are back on the scene again, but we're not talking about necklaces. Katie Wright selects the chicest pieces

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Clutch, currently reduced to £24 from £28, JD Williams

Clutch, currently reduced to £24 from £28, JD Williams

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Jeans, currently reduced to £28 from £40, Evans

Jeans, currently reduced to £28 from £40, Evans

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Jeans, £42, Miss Selfridge

Jeans, £42, Miss Selfridge

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Earrings, £12, Simply Be

Earrings, £12, Simply Be

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Jumper, currently reduced to £22 from £32, M&Co

Jumper, currently reduced to £22 from £32, M&Co

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Trainers, £38, V by Very

Trainers, £38, V by Very

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Clutch, currently reduced to £24 from £28, JD Williams

They've got a bit of a reputation haven't they? The average fashionista wouldn't be seen dead in a string of shimmery pearls, seeing as they've not been in vogue since that short spell in the early-Noughties when long strings of costume pearl beads had a brief resurgence.

Since then, pearl jewellery has been the preserve of grannies (which we love) and a certain brand of upmarket American, so much so that 'pearl clutcher' has become a mocking term for people who are too uptight for their own good.

But now those cloudy gems are shaking off their goody-two-shoes associations and fast becoming the coolest embellishment of the season.

Dotted on denim or scattered on boots, pearls have taken on a punky attitude that's anything but old-fashioned.

Obviously, you'll still want to steer clear of neat necklaces, but with edgy pieces like these, pearl clutching is heartily encouraged.

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Boots, £140, Dune

Boots, £140, Dune

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Boots, £140, Dune

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Jacket, £48, V by Very

Jacket, £48, V by Very

Jacket, £48, V by Very

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