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While some look to the runways to see what all the models are wearing on their bodies, I’m more interested in what they’ve got on their ears. And on their fingers, and around their necks—do you see where I’m going with this? Earrings, rings and necklaces are the keys to my heart, and lucky for me, all the 2020 jewelry trends are full-on obsession-worthy.
Designers like Christian Siriano made a case for chunky, punk-inspired chains, while others, like Ulla Johnson and Zimmermann, showed off more playful looks like fun mismatched earrings and charm necklaces, respectively. There’s no shortage of statement jewelry calling my name this season, and I can’t wait to pair all these trends with cozy fall and winter ensembles.
One of the best parts about jewelry is that it has the ability to elevate any outfit. Wearing a white tee and jeans? Add a chunky gold chain necklace or some fun dangly earrings and suddenly it’s a whole lewk. Unsure of how to wear your favorite LBD this season? Just add some statement jewelry (in either colorful hues or classics like gold and silver) and spice things up a bit. There are endless ways to use jewelry to amp up even the simplest of outfits—as well as add to maximalist looks. In other words, if your jewelry collection isn’t totally stacked right now, it’s time to shop some of the latest trends.
Below, you’ll find a few very cool 2020 jewelry trends worth trying this year, as well as wearing into 2021. Don’t be afraid to go for the most dramatic pieces, layer up and make a statement with your accessories. Trendy rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces await you—all that’s left to do is shop.
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1. Silver Lining
Christian Siriano’s Fall/Winter 2020 collection was complemented by a Harley Quinn-inspired hair and makeup look, and the pièce de résistance to many of the ensembles was an edgy silver chain (or two!). Dainty gold chain necklaces have been the Instagram standard for some time now, so consider swapping yours for a chunky silver version and see how the edgy twist feels.
One chunky silver necklace, coming right up! This chain-link piece by Jennifer Zeuner is an instant classic.
Missoma has a wide variety of silver necklaces that are just begging to be layered, but the Axiom Chain is still strong enough to make a statement all on its own.
2. Not Your Grandma’s Clip-Ons
Remember the clip-on earrings your grandma tried to give you right after you got your ears pierced and you just weren’t having it? Well, call your granny and apologize, because chunky earrings with vintage vibes are huge for fall and winter 2020. You’ve likely already seen so much of this style on Instagram, too, so go ahead and treat yourself with a pair or two.
If you raided your grandma’s jewelry box, you’d likely find a pair of earrings just like these Missoma Ridge Claw Hoops. Only these aren’t clip-ons, so they’re way more comfortable for all-day wear.
If you’ve always been kind of into your grandma’s statement studs, try this updated version by Anton Heunis for 2020.
3. Piled-On Pearls
Amidst the dreamy dresses at Badgley Mischka’s Fall/Winter 2020 show, one look in particular served Wednesday-Addams-meets-Victorian-grandmother realness. A gothic black garment with stark white collar was topped off with FIFTEEN strands of pearls, and I’ll be damned if I don’t recreate the look with just as many, if not more.
The A New Day Short Faux Pearl Multi Row Necklace has me covered for my first eight strands or so.
If you’re looking for a more subtle way to rock a strand of pearls, this dainty bracelet by Chan Luu should do the trick.
4. All Ears On Me
At the Tadashi Shoji Fall/Winter 2020 show, models paired ornate gowns with collarbone-length dangle earrings, and while that extra-long look might not be as practical IRL, the inspo is everything. A slightly smaller pair with just as much fringe and glitz gives your 2020 jewelry some 1920s drama.
These Stella + Ruby Chandelier Earrings look like a million bucks, but they’ll only cost you $20.
If you prefer unique shapes over maximalist bling, try these Mode Earrings from Shashi. They’ve still got plenty of personality, but allow you keep things low-key.
5. Charmed, I’m Sure
Skip the charm bracelets and go straight to long, dangly charm necklaces, the trend I couldn’t keep my eyes off of at the Zimmermann Fall/Winter 2020 show. You can absolutely DIY a necklace with the meaningful charms of your choice, or you can treat yourself to something that’s already charmed-up for you.
Here’s a cute mixed metals iteration of the classic charm necklace from Swarovski to test out this season.
Lizzie Fortunato offers a playful take on the trend with this colorful Confetti Pendant Necklace, featuring coin and freshwater pearl charms at the center.
6. Totally Tubular
Ooh, she thicc. If you’re already into the chunky chains trend and want something even bigger and bolder for your fall and winter wardrobes, allow me to introduce you to the even thicker tubular jewelry that was all over the runways—including Balmain’s Fall/Winter 2020 show. Think big earrings, necklaces and rings that have a fun tube-like rounded style.
Thick and round jewelry isn’t limited to earrings and necklaces. You can also get the trend with a chunky gold ring—like this gorgeous pick from Bracha for only $50.
The Jenny Bird Mini Mithras Pendant Necklace has the most perfect thicc pendant for fidgeting with—and for completing your look, of course.