These are the 15 top jewellery trends to wear in 2022 As seen at Fashion Week.
Accessories are the easiest way to update your wardrobe; this is why we like to invest in fantastic jewellery pieces. Although delicate chains have been an enduring trend in recent years, the Spring/Summer and Pre-Fall 2022 runways signalled that now, it’s time to be bolder and have a bit of fun with the jewellery you wear. Maximalist necklaces and chains, statement earrings, bracelets, and supersized cocktail rings are back, along with retro jewellery inspired by the 1920s and Y2K trends. So, check the accessories we’ll be wearing to amp up this and next seasons’ looks.
Did anyone say cocktail time?
After such a long gloomy period, we want to dress up again and celebrate going back to normal. So, naturally, ginormous cocktail rings are here to make up for the lost time. But, don’t be shy and follow the lead of Dior and Givenchy; add to your fingers rings with oversized colourful gemstones, chunky crystals, lab-grown diamonds, and you can wear as many rings as you wish. In other words, no matter whether zirconia or real diamonds; the more bling, the better.
Ears were not made only to hold masks, here come the bigger-than-life earrings!
Carolina Herrera, Fendi, Versace, Giorgio Armani, Saint Laurent, and Etro had models down the catwalk wearing earrings bigger-than-life. And so did Prabal Gurung, Giambattista Valli, and Markarian. Whether dazzling chandelier earrings or vintage-inspired statement pieces, the overall mood is Old Hollywood glamour. In short, the 2022 earring trend is maximalist jewellery. They come in exaggerated proportions embellished with dangly fringes, bold crystals and eye-catching designs that nod to the Roaring Twenties.
Extra-chunky chains dressing up necks, ears and wrists
While the chunky chain necklace trend has already had a comeback, in 2022, massive chain-link jewellery will adorn not only your neck but also your wrists and earlobes. Among other fashion houses, Givenchy, Tom Ford, Valentino, Hermès, and Balmain want you to add some bling with gold chains. And why not go for the full monty layering bold chains with other OTT jewels to create a dramatic look?
Bohemian body chains and toe rings
The bohemian body chain and toe ring trend from the ’70s, ’90s and Y2K reappeared at SS 2022 Fashion Week. We spotted them at Paco Rabanne, Burberry, Marni, Missoni, Acne Studios, Blumarine, Anna Sui, and Maryam Nasir Zadeh. These body pieces, either belly chains around the waist or worn like body armours and wearable art, prove that jewellery can adorn more than just necks, wrists, and ear lobes.
Show your love with the Logomania trend
The logomania jewellery trend of the ’80s and ’90s (hello, Chanel) is here for the long haul so fans can declare their undying love to their favourite fashion houses wearing their logos on brooches and pins, charms, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces throughout 2022. We saw them, for example, at Dolce & Gabbana, Ganni, Versace, Fendi, and Moschino.
Say yes to hoops, but not on your ears
After the oversized hoop earrings trend, 2022 brings you the hoop necklace craze with joyful jewellery pieces. Isabel Marant, Proenza Schouler, Nina Ricci, Versace, and Marni created colourful and easy-to-wear necklaces; a must-have for summer. But we also saw this necklace trend in Stella McCartney’s Pre Fall 2022 collection. Collar necklaces are a great addition to your bauble collection; they add a vacation vibe to elevated suits and office outfits.
Sweet as candy
The nostalgic ’90s and Y2K colourful jewellery trends are back to cheer us up in 2022. First, we saw playful cotton-candy jewels at Chanel, Brandon Maxwell, Christian Dior, Versace, and Anna Sui. But also at Moschino, Christian Siriano, Coach, and Ganni. From daisy-chain chokers to rainbow bead necklaces, bold chains and earrings, bauble-gum rings and charm bracelets, the plastic baubles are a trend that will make you as happy as a child in a candy shop. Nevertheless, you won’t have to wait for summer at the beach to add a pop of colour and joy to your outfits. Consider updating your winter wardrobe right now with these vibrant pieces.
Cover your arms in chunky colourful bangles
The fun and colourful spring 2022 jewellery also come in bangles, and to get this trend right, you will have to layer several chunky bracelets together. For instance, you can go bold like at Preen by Thorton Bregazzi and Sara Battaglia, and stack as many bangles as you can fit between your wrists and elbows. But if you prefer a more discreet jewellery trend, wear two to three bangle bracelets matching your outfit like Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera presented in their Spring 2022 runway shows.
Charming ‘70s charms
The fabulous ’70s are a clear inspiration for S/S 2022 fashion and, consequently, for the jewellery trends you’ll want to wear this year. As a result, cute hearts, stars, flowers, logos, zodiac signs, retro lockets, amulets, and any other charms will hang from necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Pair these vintage-inspired pieces with the other jewellery trends mentioned above for extra fashion points. For example, combine your charms with bold chain necklaces or several beaded ones for a look full of personality.
Attention, gold diggers, silver is in
Silver is getting more attention in 2022, bringing a touch of punk rock to the jewellery trends. Jonathan Simkhai, Paco Rabanne, Givenchy, and Balenciaga were some fashion houses adding a bit of edge to polished S/S 2022 outfits with silver rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and belly chains.
Arm cuffs and bicep bands
Chic as ever, Prada presented knitwear embellished with wide arm cuffs instead of bracelets. In the same vein, we saw bicep bands around models’ arms at Tory Burch, Raf Simons, Peter Do, and Fendi. This jewellery trend was worn with sleeveless tops and dresses in the ’90s and noughties, but in 2022, you will wear the bracelets over sweaters or button-down shirts too. Biceps cuffs will undoubtedly make you feel as powerful as a Greek goddess or Sarah Bernhardt and Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra.
Chloé and Tom Ford introduced the ethnic style jewellery trend with big rough-cut crystal pieces in their A/W 2021-2022 collections. And these talisman-like baubles with big agate plates, turquoise, seashells, and other earthy elements adorned the Spring/ Summer 2022 catwalk looks at Gabriela Hearst, Ulla Johnson, and Chloé.
It’s time to bring back the chokers
Say goodbye to long necklaces and hello to statement chokers. The eye-catching pieces come in oversized gold chains at Saint Laurent, bold metal plates at Balmain, and a thin metal chain with a pearl at Chanel. And we also saw beaded chokers at Ports 1961 and Brandon Maxwell, in colourful rhinestones at Lanvin and Gucci, sculpted metal pieces at Miu Miu, and delicate chains at Stella McCartney Pre-Fall 22. In other words, blingy collars are one of the leading jewellery trends for 2022.
You can never go wrong with timeless pearls
Pearls necklaces and earrings are classic jewellery pieces that never go out of trend and in 2022, they’re still Chanel‘s signature accessories. But the timeless white gems are also in Versace, Prabal Gurung, and Alessandra Rich’s collections. Additionally, vintage-inspired chokers like Vivienne Westwood’s several-row pearl necklaces are making waves this year.
Old school signet rings and name plates
And finally, two jewellery trends spreading among Gen-Z and street style stars on Instagram and TikTok in 2022 are the classic signet rings and old school nameplates. So, vintage-inspired rings and necklaces bearing initials, zodiac signs or full names are the jewellery pieces to wear for fashionistas.
Title photo courtesy of Sara Battaglia, all other photos courtesy of the brands.
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