Everyone’s taste in jewelry is ultimately different, but there are certain pieces we can agree on and be into at the same time. This is when trends come in. Jewelry trends can be a bit different than clothing trends, whether more understated or couldn’t be more stated as an accessory. Some people plan their whole outfit around a piece of jewelry; some are perfectly content with simple rings and a slim gold chain. Still, there are certain jewelry pieces that appeal to the masses.
Whatever you prefer, you probably don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on jewelry (unless you can, and by all means do your thing), and you really don’t have to. Fashion isn’t just for those who can afford designer and couture. Fashion has always been for everyone to enjoy — no matter the budget. So, if you’re looking for jewelry trends for the current year as well as pieces that you can actually afford, then you’ve come to the right place.
Whether you shop sustainably, from shops online like Jewelry Lab, or are interested in any way in which you can get your hands on the goods, the 2020 jewelry trends are here for everyone.
If you’re a statement necklace person, then this is your time! Statement necklaces, but more specifically chain necklaces, are back with a vengeance this year. The chunkier, the better. Loud, gold, chunky chains were seen all over the runways at Bottega Veneta and Chanel, and it’s clear that the 80s aren’t going anywhere.
If you’re wondering what to pair with a chunky chain necklace, then you should let the 80s era guide you. On the runway, the necklaces were paired with sleek, simple suits, classically cut wrap dresses, and even chunky sweaters.
This doesn’t mean that you need the necklace right off the runway to achieve this look. Plenty of brands will be supplying similar-looking chains in order to emulate the top dogs in fashion. Expect to see this trend being churned out by some of your favorite and more affordable brands this year. Chances are you can snag a necklace that looks really similar to the ones resting on the necks of the models, but it will come with a price tag less than $50.
Pops of Color
Another trend we’re happy to see come back (and please never leave us) are bold pops of color in jewelry. Not to mention the 80s again, but that is so 80s. These vibrant colors can be as understated as you’d like, but they can also come in the form of your favorite colors of the rainbow teaming up as a bangle gang around your wrists. This trend is not for the person who wants to keep their jewelry just a part of the outfit; this trend is for the person who wants the jewelry to make the outfit.
If you like the color but aren’t interested in being that loud with it — you can also achieve this look without stepping too far out of your comfort zone. There are tons of color trends that you can still partake in. For example, you might find a necklace that’s full of color, but only really visible when viewed up close. The same goes for rings and bracelets. In this vein, it can be like the colorful part is actually more for you than anyone.
If you’re wondering what to pair with all these colors, try implementing these accessories into a more neutral look — think black, beige, and white. Once you have a more subdued canvas, you can add as much color as you want. If you’re looking to go all out, pair your colorful accessories to an already vibrant outfit.
You’re Going to Need Someone to Hold Your Hoops
Good news: oversized hoops are back! We’d like to think that they were never actually gone. Luckily, large hoops are now being worn in a variety of styles, colors, and textures. And the bigger, the better. If you’re looking for a statement piece that doesn’t involve the neckline, then this might be it.
We’re not joking here — hoops are not only huge (as large as your ear piercings will accommodate), but they’re also being designed to transcend what we thought was the only hoop. Some hoops are being produced as thick as a bangle, even as thick as a watch (patent leather hoops!). They’re also being designed to look like marble, wood, and any other substance we want rounded. We aren’t just interested in the run-of-the-mill gold hoops anymore.
If you’re thinking about what to pair with your new hoops, then you’ll want to make sure that your hair looks sleek and ready to show off your ears. A messy ponytail will do if you’re going for a more laid-back look. A sleek ponytail can work from day to night if your schedule is packed, and you want to look just as good at the office as you will at the opera.
These Aren’t Your Grandmother’s Pearls
Ok, maybe they are. That’s not stopping us from working them. In fact, pearls, a darling trend that stood out in the demure feminine periods of the 1940s and 1950s, have always been a classic marker of style. Pearls are for everyone, and they can make appearances in several types of accessories. Pearl earrings, Pearl necklaces, a long strand of pearls — this is a class trend that’s on its way back from the runway to you.
You don’t have to be able to afford real pearls in order to follow this trend. While costume jewelry might not be the best way to go (but have at it if you want to), there are plenty of companies producing pearl jewelry that look nice and won’t hurt your bank account.
Your pairing with pearls should be classic and chic. Nothing says understated like a single strand around your neck. Pair with a little black dress and you’re ready for your breakfast at Tiffany’s.