Summer usually means one thing. Warm days, balmy nights and a chance to ditch our winter clothes for a new, light, airy wardrobe have us scouring the shops and internet for this seasons summer fashion jewelry trends.
We love it, and have already spent more time than we should during the winter months scouring the internet and watching the fashion week debuts, eagerly anticipating this seasons must-haves.
And it stands to reason that you would want to change your summer jewelry to suit the fashion jewelry trends too, right?
So how do you know what’s hot, and what’s not?
What to wear with what, and when?
If you didn’t know already, this year’s summer fashion jewelry isn’t about keeping to any one particular style, so whether you prefer Bohemian chic, vintage, casual, sophisticated or Tomboy (or even a mixture of each), there is a summer fashion jewelry trend to suit you.
Following on from last year, this year the runways were buzzing with shells, ‘80’s themed chunky gold chains, mismatched earrings, brand names, and logos. Only everything is bigger, bolder and brighter than ever before.
This summer it’s all about making a statement while showing your individuality.
Make it a huge one by following our six top tips on trendy fashion jewelry guaranteed to make you feel summer and vacation-ready.
1. THROWBACK JEWELRY
This made a comeback last year, but for this year’s summer fashion jewelry, throwback jewelry is hotter than ever.
Designers are putting their own twist on childhood favorites, making necklaces, earrings, and bracelets for women with beads and jewels in every color. This trendy fashion jewelry is also to be found dripping with seasonal fruit. Etsy has a great selection, like these gorgeous drop fruit earrings.
Dig out those plastic pop-together beads and power bracelets. Hunt for the mood rings you told your mom you just had to have.
Don’t forget also, to look for the enamel dolphin earrings and necklaces you’ve never quite managed to throw away.
Kept any Dr. Pepper-flavored Lip Smacker necklaces? Now’s the time to get them back out again.
Great, isn’t it?!
Got a few of those big, colorful, lucite rings? See if they still fit.
Charm bracelets, jelly bracelets, beaded macrame flower necklaces, and, something that is really in season this year, nameplate necklaces.
Rooting through your old jewelry will not just fill you with nostalgia, it’ll put you in line with current fashion jewelry trends. You’ll be glad you saved that friendship bracelet for sentimental reasons!
Sometimes it pays to be a bit of a hoarder!
Last year, seashells made quite an impact.
This year’s fashion jewelry trends have shells bigger than ever and available in more statement driven designs and colors.
From brunch meetings with friends to completing the look of your work outfit, there’s something to choose for every occasion.
Simple, low-budget shell necklaces and bracelets, or more elaborate gold and silver styles.
For those preferring a more stylish, classic style, choose pearl and gold. Or big, playful, colorful styles for those wanting to fully embrace this year’s eclectic color and bolder trends.
Want something a little more delicate?
Look for quality Puka shells embellished with crystals (colored or plain). Or those mounted in delicate gold settings like Yvonne Leon’s 18k yellow gold coquillage open-shell Bracelet.
Revolve’s gorgeous necklaces, bracelets, and anklets or Anni Lu who has some lovely shell drop 18k Gold-Plated hoop earrings and more.
Tortoise is also huge this year. Wear lots of colored tortoise in oversized geometric shaped earrings and necklaces.
You only have to take a quick look online to be amazed at the vast array of gorgeous, quirky gold, silver or real shell jewelry items there are available. Zara, Mango or Farfetch have a great selection, and Tohum has a gorgeous gold-covered and plain shell collection.
Be bold, and don’t be afraid to mix and match colors and styles.
There is no wrong way to do this!
3. BOLD GOLD
Bold, gold and bulbous is an absolute must for this year’s fashion jewelry trends.
During New York, London, Paris and Milan Fashion week, large hoops took on a bulkier shape or were dripping crystals. Make sure you get noticed this summer by taking advantage of this trendy fashion jewelry style.
Oversized links in bracelets and necklaces create a retro statement sure to compliment any outfit whether on their own or teamed up with other layers.
Versace have some amazing, gloriously huge, gold enamel crystal-encrusted bracelets, necklaces, and rings.
And hot on this year’s other trends, medallions. Their Medusa selection is a must-see.
Medallions and coins were also popular last year and are still just as much so this summer, only like everything else, they’re bigger and bolder. For that bit of extra flair, mix them with large link necklaces and bracelets.
4. LAYER NECKLACES FOR WOMEN.
We’ve all been there.
Spending way too long trying to choose which necklace or bracelet to put on with a particular outfit to achieve a specific look.
Now you don’t have to, because layer necklaces for women are one of the hottest fashion jewelry trends this summer.
Whether you’re wearing jeans and a shirt, a floaty summer dress or work suit, layer necklaces can either add an elegant touch to complete your outfit or create a bold look that screams your personality.
Team up some plain gold necklaces with those either with shells on, or big gem pendants.
Or mix and match big, gold link chains with other more delicate ones of different lengths to create this season’s mismatched look.
But it’s not only layer necklaces that you should be thinking of.
Stackable rings are also one of the top fashion jewelry trends this year, as are layer bracelets. Wear as many or as few as you like—the choice is yours.
5. WOMEN’S FASHION WATCHES.
This year’s fashion jewelry trend of bold and colorful means the same is true for women’s fashion watches. Metal, leather, wood-inspired or material. With so many styles and colors to choose from, you really are spoilt for choice.
Women’s fashion watches can be purchased at a price suitable for every pocket, so take a look at purchasing a few low budget pieces in colors that blend in and complement perfectly with your layered bracelets.
As throwback jewelry is also fashionable, if you still have any of those Baby G watches or watch rings thrown to the back of a draw, you may want to consider dusting them off and giving them a new lease of life.
Like to keep your style simple and elegant?
Choose gold-tone, silver or rose gold and team it up with a layer of thin bracelets of matching colors.
6. MISMATCHED EARRINGS
At last! You can sleep easy knowing that at least for this coming season, you no longer have to worry about losing an earring. Wearing different ones is a definite yes for this summer fashion jewelry trend.
Designers such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Christian Dior have all embraced the mismatched trend, showcasing earrings on the runway.
Whilst this trend is incredibly versatile, particularly when you have multiple piercings to experiment with, the trick is to make it look as though the end result was deliberate.
Choose contrasting colors and similar shapes, pairing hoops with studs or branded designer earrings.
For a more individual look, choose different length earrings, perhaps pairing a shoulder-duster on one ear and a small hoop or stud on the other.
If you still like to keep a coordinated look, you can buy sets online which are mismatched, but the same, if you get our drift!
Net-A-Porter has some fabulous Alexander McQueen silver and gold-tone Swarovski Crystal hoop earrings. Lizzie Fortunato’s Joy Ride earrings made with freshwater cultured pearl, Quartz and Topaz would be a great addition to your summer color collection.
Whatever you decide to wear this summer, one thing is for sure, there is no right or wrong way to wear it. This years summer fashion jewelry is all about individualization and what you want your jewelry to say about you.
If you’re feeling nostalgic about the holiday you left behind a few weeks ago, and yearn for the soft, sandy beaches, add a shell necklace or bracelet to the chains you already have on.
Know you’re going to have a challenging day? Make your accessories bold and colorful, to let everyone know you’ve got this.
With so many variations of the same theme, you can afford to look and feel fabulous every day of the week, and you don’t need to have a huge budget to do it, either.
Bold, beautiful color is the key to your accessories, whether at work or play and layering is key, keeping it stylish and elegant or fun and flirty with minimal effort.
This summer’s fashion jewelry trends are all about more.
More shells, more anklets, more stacked rings, and layered necklaces.
Be bold. Be colorful. Be daring. Be you.
What will in your summer fashion jewelry collection be this year, and why?
Let us know by leaving your comments below.