Keeping up to date on the latest fashion laws might not be on the forefront of everyone’s mind when choosing what to wear every day, but there’s a reason why that pair of pants goes so well with a certain shirt, and why the accessories you pick out complete the whole outfit! Designers, fashionistas, and anyone who wears clothes would agree that accessories upgrade any outfit, and from minimalist to more gaudy tastes, there’s a piece of luxury jewelry for every occasion to add a touch of personal flair!
As much as we love our favorite staple pieces already in our wardrobe, looking ahead and staying informed on what’s trending in multiple industries, including jewelry, can speak volumes about what we bring to the table in our personal, interpersonal, and professional lives. After a year like 2020, participating in a cultural phenomenon that’s a little more inclusive and uplifting like sharing an appreciation for some wearable art is a great way to add some positivity to the new year!
More goes into what we would call stylish and what we wouldn’t than one would think. How some general opinions on these classifications form is complex and interesting in understanding why we think a certain way about fashion from shirts to shoes to jewelry. A variety of factors both internal and external can impact our decisions when it comes to fashion, even if subtly or subconsciously. Even in the days of zoom calls, online meetings, and face mask cover ups fashion still finds a way into our lives in whatever capacity we let it.
Psychologically, of course, colors and patterns usually have their own individual set of compatible colors and patterns that match or contrast in positive ways that draw the eye. These have become unspoken rules for clothes and accessories that we tend to follow when picking out our clothes on the daily. Usually a majority of people can tell what looks good and what doesn’t, simply based on visual appeal, and these gut feelings are largely personal preference or opinion. Most casual clothes wearers wouldn’t pair bright and busy colors with more of the same when adding a couple of accessories, while others rock some vibrant and bold looks in the name of uniqueness and path paving! Whether it’s a personal preference, a tip they received from a fashion-savvy friend, or they’re looking to set a new trend, there’s a meaning to the madness that is outfit building.
Some fashion rules on the other hand are more spoken than unspoken, created and updated by those that run the runway. Designers, celebrities, and trend setters alike all have their hand in deciding the “yes” and “no” answers to current fashion questions. These fads are more subject to change based on evolving trends, the changing of seasons, flowing with or swimming against the tide of trends circulating in other industries. Pushing the boundaries and setting new precedents for the definition of fashion is how this industry operates, which is what makes it so dynamic and fast-paced!
It can be difficult to keep with the latest news as it changes so frequently, however, and gathering resources to figure out who thinks what is in style can be just as hard! Thankfully an important and semi-permanent rule in fashion is that if you wear something confidently and enthusiastically, it’s automatically stylish; especially when it comes to accessories! Finding a statement piece right off the model from a runway that just resonates with you or wearing your favorite everyday set can almost always complete your look. Let’s look at what’s trending right now and what accessories are jumping off the runway and into our hearts as the season brings us new luxury jewelry looks to love in 2022!
Vibrant Beach Bead Necklaces
Right off the bat we’re giving off good vibes only with vibrant beach bead necklaces. Making a comeback from a simpler time when the surfer life was alive and well on the very coasts that are now meant to be unoccupied. There’s a reminiscent and hopeful aura about these fun and colorful high-collar pieces that maybe brings the vacation to us stuck at home, bringing a little sunshine and good times to the wearer and any who might see them, even if just virtually! These beads are versatile in their appearance and use, making them the perfect solo statement or several layered for a rainbow and multi-textured look.
Paired with solid block colors to really make them stand out is how they’ve been reintroduced to our society much in need of a multi-colored light at the end of a tunnel to look forward to. Gold clasps, coins, and beads bring this laid-back look up a notch and highlight the warm tones meant to radiate from the piece. A little touch of luxury adds to a sunny, summery feeling that accompanies the wearer wherever they may go (or don’t go). Pieces from Anni Lu, Jason Wu, and Versace brought their bright and beautiful look to the runway this season each with a unique flair guaranteed to accentuate and complete any fit.
Stamped metal is another show-stopper category that surfaced in this season’s jewelry trends. Earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and even arm bands adapted this somewhat abstract take on a classic accessory look. Taking a staple like a smooth gold hoop earring and adding texture, shape, and fullness to it is gaining popularity and we can see why! Whether you’re looking to spice up a business minimalist look with a twist on an everyday accessory, or tying a solid colored focal point into a bright, beautiful, and busy outfit, these hammered and gathered pieces are sure to be an upgrade from your classic smooth finished look. AMBUSH, Chloe, and Acne Studios shone on the runway with their new takes on a classic in silver and gold, showcasing just a few styles, sizes, and uses for each wearable masterpiece.
Our third luxury jewelry trend super-sized a familiar favorite by elongating dangle earrings into shoulder-grazing earrings. Upfront and center with these jaw dropping accessories that steal the show no matter what they’re paired with. A popular look incorporating these on the runway was a solid color top to really let these long and luxurious statement pieces have the limelight, but can just as easily be a great addition to an already bold or patterned outfit. Jewels, stones, chains and solid metal can be found tickling the tops of the wearer’s shoulders falling from the lobe, letting us know they’re all ears to the positive comments they’ll receive. Dolce & Gabanna, JW Anderson, and even Fenty added to the lineup this season, giving us modern art, conversation starters, and compliment catchers all in one.
Whether these trends sound like you or not, there’s sure to be a variant of one of the styles that fits into your wardrobe, or that might inspire you to try something new when accessorizing this year! Aware of it or not, we’re all impacted by the styles that strut down the runway each season, and staying in tune to the latest trends can boost our outfits to the next level and keep us engaged in a culture of positivity, evolution, and appreciation for luxurious and beautiful art both on the runway and in our jewelry boxes. Starting on a good foot like this one, here’s to hoping for a bright future of fashion in 2022 with more gorgeous looks to come!