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I've always thought that pearl necklaces were pretty, but just a little formal for my taste . . . until now. Turns out, there's a new breed in town, and they're not like your grandmother's pearls. After everyone's obsession with seashell jewelry last Summer, it seems like pearls are taking center stage this season. While you may think of Old Hollywood glam starlets like Grace Kelly, 2020 has unleashed a modern iteration on the timeless trend that's been spotted on everyone from Harry Styles to Gigi Hadid. Harry could very well be the unofficial spokesman for how to rock pearl necklaces with all of the notable times he's worn one recently. (Our favorite is when he wore one to the 2020 BRIT Awards with a purple Gucci suit.)

Like the new generation of stars wearing the trend, the necklace itself has gotten a modern twist. Think unique shapes and fun additions like initial letters and colorful beads added to offset the traditional feel. Brands like Timeless Pearly have been spotted on countless street style stars because of its adorable pearl initial letter necklaces. The reason these necklaces have gotten so popular is because they're easy to style and endlessly versatile. A dainty pearl necklace is perfect to soften up a more structured look like a suit, while a colorful beaded style is just the thing to punch up your everyday outfit of a t-shirt and jeans. Keep reading to see how some of our favorites have styled the trend and some of our favorite selects.

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Looking to dress up your favorite t-shirt? Look to Gigi Hadid. The supermodel styled her pearl choker with a tie-dye Polo shirt and Prada bag.

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Harry Styles loves dressing up his suits with a dainty strand of pearls for a touch of whimsy. Case in point? The necklace that made this Gucci look at the BRIT Awards complete.

If you're looking for a casual, everyday outfit, style a simple strand with a cozy beige sweater tucked into a pair of high-waisted jeans.

Not all pearl necklaces are simple. Take this one, which features colorful stones that you can wear with a bold green sweater and matching eye shadow.

If you want to spruce up your blazer and trouser set, pair it with a pearl necklace and cool sneakers. It's an easy way to make your look feel more put-together.