Jewelry is one of the easiest ways to update your look.
Bold, of-the-moment accessories can give your wardrobe an instant modern update. Adding delicate new pieces to your collection gives a subtle nod to the latest jewelry trends.
Whatever your individual style, having a selection of up-to-date trinkets on hand is a must.
And with a variety of inspirations and styles seen on the Fall/Winter 2018 catwalks, this season is an exciting time to update your accessories.
To help inspire you, here are the hottest jewelry trends to watch out for now.
From mismatched earrings to uneven necklaces, asymmetrical jewelry is one of the hottest trends to come from the F/W 2018 catwalks.
And with matching sets deemed very ‘uncool‘ by The New York Times, it might be time to ditch those coordinating jewels.
Jonathan Simkhai sent models down the runway in complementary earrings of different sizes. While ADEAM favored one large structural earring for a sure-fire way to make a statement this season.
And Marine Serre took it up a notch by sending models down the runway with a silk scarf draped from a single hoop earring.
But, it can take a little finesse to pull off asymmetrical earrings on the street.
Look for complementary earrings. Think one drop earring and a smaller earring or a stud for the other ear. And ensure that the metals and any stones are the same to add cohesion to your look.
2. Make It Personal
Carrie Bradshaw had her treasured ‘Carrie’ necklace. And Celine’s oversized initial necklaces are a huge trend right now.
Adding a personal touch to your jewelry collection is a hot trend that you’re also bound to love for seasons to come.
Another way to express your individuality is by selecting jewelry that features your birthstone.
Discover more about the beautiful jewels that match your birth month and find a timeless piece just for you.
3. Cosmic Love
Seashells have been a huge jewelry trend this summer, gracing the necks, ankles, ears, and wrists of influencers like Doina Ciobanu and Leandra Medine.
But as the weather cools, and we leave the beach behind, late 2018 jewelry trends look towards the night sky for inspiration.
The models at Oscar De La Renta were draped with necklaces filled with stars and moons and mismatched sun earrings. While planet-like orbiting stones were seen as Dior, Jacquemus, and Erdem.
4. Plastic Fantastic
Looks from the 1980s are always coming back into fashion, and acrylic jewelry is no exception.
But don’t worry about looking like a kid playing dress-up. Acrylic pieces have been given a modern update in black, white and tortoiseshell.
As seen at Brandon Maxwell, resin tortoiseshell earrings and oversized bangles add a quirky, fresh update to winter knits and heavy padded coats.
5. Layered Necklaces
It’s time to liberate your neck from the fabric chokers that saw a comeback a few seasons ago. Now, the most fashionable way to adorn your neck is with a combination of shorter and longer chains.
Layered necklaces have been a growing trend for months now. But with influencers like Lucy Williams continuing to pile on layers of chains, this look is set to get stronger and stronger in late 2018.
Simple, delicate chains work best. Especially as this trend calls for three or four necklaces at once. But, feel free to add some personality with charms and stones, and a cool retro t-shirt of course.
For layered necklaces and many other new jewelry trends, gold is the metal that’s leading the way this season.
Thick 3D gold hoops were seen at Louis Vuitton while Gucci favored gold rings stacked on the ear.
Dion Lee included a long gold necklace over a simple white look. And Chloe and Versace draped statement gold necklaces over sweaters to add some sparkle to winter knits.
If the jewelry trend for delicate chains isn’t your style, you might prefer the rigid torc necklaces that are set to make a comeback in late 2018.
Worn at the base of the neck, torcs give a minimalist nod to the 1980s.
Alexander McQueen, Marni, and Saint Laurent all featured classic torc designs in their runway shows, while Alexander Wang opted for a chain-effect torc.
8. Modern Pearls
One of the more surprising 2018 jewelry trends is a modern take on the classic pearl.
But these pearls definitely aren’t for wearing with twinsets.
Instead, contemporary pearls are about bold experimentation, as seen at Prabal Gurung, where striking pearl ear cuffs wrapped the form of the ear.
Consider an asymmetrical pearl and chain necklace, a statement pearl torc, or an edgy ear cuff to embrace this trend.
9. Oversized Earrings
Oversized earrings were all over the catwalks, making it clear that they’re a must this season.
Ralph Lauren, Anna Sui and Jason Wu went for more classic, chandelier-style earrings in multi-colored jewels.
Tom Ford pushed the boundaries with disco-ball hoops and long flower-shaped earrings that fell to the shoulders.
Brandon Maxwell opted for diamante pineapples. Saint Laurent showed off huge silver fish scale earrings. And Zadig & Voltaire went all-out with long flowing chain earrings that fell way beyond the shoulders.
With no one style dominating, feel free to choose whatever design you prefer. But, when it comes to earrings this season, it’s clear that you need to go big or go home.
10. Wild West
Prairie prints, cowboy boots, and everything denim have all been popular this spring and summer.
And it seems that the Wild West is also inspiring the latest jewelry trends.
Boho feathers were seen at Marni, where they were reinvented as a statement asymmetrical earring. While Valentino offered delicate silver feathers adorning models’ ears.
And bolo ties fastened with ornate jewels featured in collections by Louis Vuitton and Erdem.
Jewelry Trends to Inspire You in Late 2018
Whatever your own particular style, these key jewelry trends for this season offer lots of inspiration for you to update your look.
And, for more accessory advice, check out our guide to finding the perfect eye frame design for your personal style.