The first personal fashion month since 2020 has come to an end and with it came a plethora of fresh trends to revitalize your wardrobe. The Spring/Summer 2022 catwalks made several things clear: first and foremost that sweatpants are gone, minimalism is fading and legitimate fashion is back for a complete style refresh. But as you know, the very best outfits always shine brightest with the help of accessories, from handbags to shoes to jewelry. Regarding the latter, the biggest jewelry trends for spring/summer 2022 are just as bold and vibrant as the clothes themselves.
Standout trends in New York – the first stop of fashion month – included dazzling evening wear and heaps of ’00s nostalgia, trends reflected in the silver necklaces and sparkling chandelier earrings. The next stop in London revealed eye-popping trends at every turn, like ’90s necklines and voluminous silhouettes reduced to neon spheres. Elevated elegance defined the Milan catwalks in many ways: seductive tailoring, shiny metallics and a fresh take on suiting, complemented by jewelry to make a statement. For the grand finale in Paris, it became clear that nostalgia reigned supreme – from head to toe.
Some of the boldest jewelry trends to pair with the season’s vibrant attire include colourful, chunky bangles, collar necklaces, whimsical beads and elegant earrings, all of which point to how delicate jewelry is giving way to big statement pieces, whether bright or glittery, a experiences grace period. Similarly, oversized chokers, silver jewelry with a subversive touch, and ’90s and ’00s-esque body jewelry, including high-necked arm cuffs, belly chains, and even toe rings, are all popular. Read on for a full breakdown of next season’s top jewelry trends, and shop the issue for a head start.
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In the arms
Arm cuffs start the season with a nostalgic bang – a mega 90’s and 2000’s look making a comeback as seen at Peter Do, Fendi, Tory Burch and Prada. Some are crafted from sleek metal for minimalist tastes, while others have a subversive touch, like Raf Simons’ claw-inspired designs. If it’s not an everyday look, it’s definitely worth trying on vacation.
life in plastic
A playful continuation of the Y2K aesthetic, vibrant Barbie girl-era jewelry will be booming for spring in upscale ways like enamel, resin, acetate and acrylic. Whether you’re bulging the balls à la Christian Dior, Chanel and Moschino, or emphasizing a minimalist ensemble, as Christain Siriano showed on his New York runway, this trend is all about fun; no need to think about it.
Yellow gold hasn’t gone away, but it’s certainly taking a backseat to silver, which has been steadily increasing in recent seasons. For spring, the vibe gets edgier with a hint of angst — think punk rock vibes, but in contrast to dressy attire like the ones showcased by Balenciaga, Givenchy, Paco Rabanne and Jonathan Simkhai.
Another Y2K-era trend with staying power for Spring? beads. Primarily playful tresses for the neck and wrists, be it a whimsical choker or a mixed media design with extras like beads and charms.
She bangs (les)
Bright and chunky bangles haven’t felt this fresh since the ’00s—another way to delve deep into the world of colorful spring accessories. If you usually indulge in a restrained accent, take inspiration from Alberta Ferretti and Oscar de la Renta, where tonal sets and carved colors proved standout. Do you live by a pile-it-on mentality instead? How about Thornton Bregazzi’s Preen and Sara Battaglia’s elbow-high layered look with metal and cushioned cuffs in the mix.
Nothing but neck
Open eyes with this season’s most elegant jewelry trend for bold vibes: chunky metal chokers. Whether paired with a blazer, beaded sheath, bra top or sweater, these oversized necklaces are made with colorful rhinestones, large chain links and sculpted metal for big statements during cocktail hour or an event.
night in the city
Evening wear returned in spades for Spring/Summer 2022, and with it came dazzling jewelery suitable for formal occasions and festive evenings. Like the very best trends, this one features options like megawatt rhinestones, frosted flowers, oversized pearl drops, and intricate metalwork.
popping the collar
The collar chain is back for a unique, bold statement, as evidenced by Proenza Schouler, Isabel Marant, Versace and Nina Ricci. While sleek metal versions have similarly appeared in collections, the trendiest shots are colorful or detailed, from two-toned and textured rope designs to versions with polished metal accents. And before you think this is just a holiday look, take notes from the catwalks for an ultra-fresh styling and pair it with smart suiting and evening wear too.
The body beautiful
As is surely clear by now, Aught style is back as Spring/Summer 2022 marks the triumphant return of body jewellery, from waist chains to toe rings. This trend is enough, even if you don’t think so at first – designers like Acne Studios and Burberry showed heavy metal connections for edgier moments. At the same time, Bluemarine and Missoni debuted more delicate versions, like pretty butterflies and dainty beaded necklaces.