The Shell Necklace of Your Childhood Just Got a Major Upgrade

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There's a nine in 10 chance that the vacation photo album from your formative teenage years features one key accessory: the shell necklace. And though the beachy staple (usually purchased alongside an oversize inflatable and novelty fridge magnet) may have had you teeth-gritting ever since, it might be time to rethink all of that. Speaking of teeth, that was exactly what my father referred to the puka shells as, in true dad joke fashion. Well father, you're about to choke on your piña colada because this nostalgic necklace has become chicer than ever.

Thanks to jewelry designers like Aurélie Bidermann and Tohum, who have revised the way we wear the humble puka, along with key influencers working shelled jewelry into their ensembles, this accessory has gone from fad to fashionable. From hair rings to hoop earrings, read on for all the ways you can style shells into your outfit. Then relive a snapshot of those childhood vacations, and shop them for yourself.

Layer With a Mix of Other Necklaces

Add Tropical Vibes to a Vacation Look

Pair With a Bikini and Denim Shorts

Style With a Simple Black Crop Top

Throw on With Swimwear

Team With a Hawaiian Shirt

Hang From Earlobes, Sweetly and Subtly

Accessorize a Summer Day Dress