In 2018, the jewelry trends that are taking over the fashion world include bold colors, chunky textures, and vintage styles. If you don’t want to blend into the crowd this year, you’ll want to choose large, asymmetrical, and outrageous jewelry that turns heads on city streets and makes a statement without having to shout.
Splashed with vivid colors and glam, glittering gems, this season is full of vibrant energy. From see-through accessories to wild animal pattern prints, here are just a few of the jewelry trends you should look out for in 2018:
1. Bring Back Baroque
After seasons of art-deco-style earrings, designers showcased glittery, ornate pieces reminiscent of aristocratic extravagance. Baroque-style jewelry, or jewelry inspired by the post-Renaissance European style, strikes a sense of grandeur and drama, from decadent earrings to ornate necklaces.
These pieces include gemstone-decorated chandelier earrings, tiaras, brooches, and colored-crystal pieces. Look for all that is shiny and sparkling this year, since bling is back in style! The longer the better, with extra-long earrings dangling past the shoulders being spotted on trendsetters around the globe. Don’t hold back on showing your feminine side and noble roots when going out this year.
2. Transparently Tantalizing
When it comes to jewelry accessories this year, transparency is the name of the game. Revamping plastic in its finest form, designers are unveiling water-drop earrings and necklaces, accompanied by see-through accessories which allow light to play off of the material in beautiful cascades. All that is transparent is not invisible, as large earrings can be seen from blocks away as they dance on the ears of the wearer.
Many designers are incorporating their work into the baroque trend, weaving see-through pendants into crystal chandelier earrings and intricate collars. Others are going 80s-style, inserting primary colors into clear bangles. From the ears of many in Milan and Paris, these transparent accessories may just become your next fashion obsession!
3. Mix and Match
Feeling like the 90s again, completely mismatched earrings are making a huge splash in 2018. According to the fashion gods, you’re no longer cool if your ears are matching. Go for asymmetrical pairs, varying textures, and contrasting colors this season as you try out this trend.
Especially popular is the gold and silver contrast, so play with your metals when styling yourself this year. High-low earrings will also match the hemlines, as mismatched and disorganized becomes stylish. Also, oversized hoops and studs make a great, eye-catching pairing.
4. Jewelry Gone Wild
Let the animal kingdom be your guide as you accessorize this year! Another popular trend is animal-themed jewelry, gold animal bust necklaces and butterfly collars to animal-inspired earrings and pendants.
Be sure to seek wild earrings and necklaces this fall, and pair them with cheetah and zebra-print cigarette pants and jackets. Try ultra-thin sunglasses and gold accessories for a complete, on-trend look.
5. Layered Lengths
Mimicking the California-cool vibe, necklaces are now being worn in layers. Some designers are incorporated unconventional materials and lengths into their necklaces as they suggest that you artfully drape varying gold chains and chokers to create a layered effect. Lengthening your neck and drawing attention to the chest, wearing longer layered chains is a bold but beautiful option to begin with, though you may want to segue into chunkier links and bolder chokers as you find your preferred style.
Dainty chains decked with pendants of varying shapes and sizes are the way to go. Charms are also on-trend this season, so you can play with adorning your necklaces with plastic, jeweled, and deco pendants taken from other pieces of jewelry in your closet.
Be Your Own Trendsetter
The 2018 jewelry trends are refreshing and versatile –– opening the door to plenty of possibilities for you to find your own unique look. Whatever your style, try to step out of your fashion comfort-zone and change up your wardrobe with one of these trends. At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with being adventurous!
Lynn Lewis is a freelance writer and personal stylist based in Los Angeles, CA. She has clients throughout LA, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood, including Liven Co. She loves writing about fashion and accessories. In her free time, she spends her days roaming boutiques to find the newest trends to bring to her clients.