What did the designers have to say about the fall/ winter 2018-2019 accessory trends? Time to stock up! Any girl worth her weight in clothes understands the necessity of a well-rounded and comprehensive accessory collection! Beyond the standard diversity of bags and shoes that every woman should call her own items, belts, jewelry, and gloves can infuse a wardrobe with a heady dose of personality and originality.
Accessories endow an outfit with a sartorial edge and can quietly bestow the wearer with in-the-know style cred. We love how a strategic accessory can add dimension and depth to an outfit. They can dress up a casual afternoon outfit and make it evening ready and can bring a glamorous evening look back down to earth. Consider accessories to be the little magic pill that will transform any outfit with little effort.
For the fall/ winter 2018-2019 accessory trends, bold was better with oversized jewelry, dangling earrings, and XXL strappy leather belts. Don’t go quietly into the night – make a statement come fall with a confident and curated accessory wardrobe.
Fall/ Winter 2018-2019 Jewelry Trends
#1. Autumn Leaves
When you think fall, you think of leaves right? The wonder of the natural world harkens the beginning of a new and refreshing chapter in the earth’s journey around the sun.
Leaves are something of an enigmatic symbol. They are delicate, whimsical, and elusively enigmatic. They contain secrets within their contours. Maybe that’s why leaves have such a gentle and magical feel – they are both soothingly bohemian and gypsy approved.
Ethereal leaves were appropriate for the fall/ winter 2018-2019 jewelry trends and figured heavily in glistening shades of deep gold. Valentino sent out luxe evening-ready leaf earrings that glistened and shimmered in the mood lights of the runway show. Try a pair for a hybrid gypsy jetsetter look.
Jacquemus showcased a neck-grazing chandelier leaf, nailing both the earthy mood of the trend and the singular earring trend that took the runways by storm this season! Chloe’s feminine yet hardware heavy gold necklace was a stellar choice for a serenely bohemian look.
#2. Chunky Chain Links
Nestled within the overarching mega sized fall 2018 jewelry trend was a specific move toward chunky linked chain necklaces. Bulky silver and gold links are statement making in their own right and lend any style an appealing dose of trendy effortlessness and attitude.
Though it may seem counterintuitive, there is something simple about chunky jewels. Just one bold necklace or luxe pair of earrings can transform a look. The street ready energy of the trend was manifest in full force at Miu Miu, where tongue-in-cheek chunky silver necklaces were decked out with playful star jewels.
Balenciaga’s lego style loose choker necklace was a perfect example of the trend and proved that chain links need not be symmetrical or simple – they can be futuristic and abstract. Chloe’s dainty chain link necklace, equipped with a dangling leaf design, proved that the look could be beautifully bohemian, as well.
Dolce & Gabbana’s over-the-top baroque style necklaces were a vivacious and dramatically assertive way of showing some chain!
#3. Gold Hardware and Danglers
Gold swept the runways this season in what amounts to a sartorial gold fever – designers just couldn’t get enough. We saw the metal feature across the spectrum from minimalist dainty chains to bulky hardware links. Gold pendants and baubles graced some of the season’s most innovative and lust-worthy necklaces, earrings, and bracelets.
We loved the warrior princess appeal of the lengthy numbers seen at Giambattista Valli, where molten gold nailed the asymmetrical art deco mood of the season.
One of the most compelling, alluring and utterly mesmerizing offerings we saw was the molten lava-esque chandelier earrings at Missoni. The depth and dimensionality of their contours were utterly enigmatic. The gold had the look of lacquered nail polish – an original and tempting effect.
Alberta Ferretti sent models down the runway with gorgeous contoured golden necklaces that looked suited for a Nile princess.
#4. Mega Size Jewelry
A mega-trend that served as an overarching theme for the season can be simply summarized as bigger=better. Designers spared no expense this season when it came to the fall/ winter 2018-2019 jewelry trends. Earrings were veritable floor sweepers, and necklaces were injected with a dose of style steroids!
The taste for the bold was echoed in the bag and fall 2018 shoe trends this season and seems to harken a return to the heady days of oversized bling and fearless fashion. Oversized jewelry belies an assertive confidence and an unapologetic aura. Mega sized gold and silver links create a compelling contrast with daintier, minimalist clothing and create a sartorially vigorous aesthetic.
Balenciaga’s retro ski gear-themed circular earrings are a perfect example of the go big or go home ethos of the season. Dolce & Gabbana was perhaps the vanguard of the trend – they sent models out in gravity-defying earring and necklace combos. We can only imagine the weight of the pieces decked out, as they were with chunky metals and thick cut jewels.
Jacquemus sent out epic hoop earrings that were perfect for a street goddess. Toga’s epic chain necklaces, replete with mega pendants, were a magic-meets-street-style way of wearing this fall 2018 jewelry trend.
Though we did see some dainty bracelets grace the runways, the favored aesthetic by and large was the chunky and ornate cuff. Cuff bracelets are a favorite among the stylish set for many reasons, one of the most celebrated being their likeness to a sculptural work of art.
Wearable art figures heavily as a fixture in the fashion world, so why not jump on the bandwagon now? Cuffs have the surface area to play host to beautiful amalgamations of jewels and intricate designs. Even a simple and luxurious molten gold or silver cuff has an endlessly artistic feel, forceful in their minimalism. Cuffs are an easy way of incorporating jewel tones and exotic motifs into otherwise basic looks.
Dolce & Gabbana sent gorgeously luxe golden bangle cuffs studded with costume jewels down the runway. Alexander McQueen’s jewel toned cuffs were shaded rich pigments of forest green.
Cuffs were also the stage for a variety of intoxicatingly creative and whimsical fall/ winter 2018-2019 jewelry trends! We loved how bracelets were reimagined as statement making pieces in their own right. Eschewing the tradition of dainty jewels, designers used the runways as a testing ground for their bold, artistic, and fantastic whimsies.
Giambattista Valli’s magical golden rose cuff was a Sleeping Beauty-esque way of bedecking yourself this fall season. We loved Altuzarra’s silver unicorn offering, as well. It was mythically charged and sexy, while retaining a sartorially tongue-in-cheek feel.
#6. The Single Earring
One of the most visually arresting fall 2018 jewelry trends was the singular earring. There is something intoxicatingly decisive about this look. It is such a simple modification on a tried and true accessory but it looks radically original.
A singular earring showcases an inner composure and innate confidence. The look is a nod to the sartorial insider circle and demonstrates an intuitive and studied knowledge of fashion and aesthetics. We love how the long and dangling varieties sweep the collarbone and create a romantic asymmetry.
Many of the best fall 2018 runway jewelry offerings featured intricate and magisterial earrings that were showstoppers of their own accord. This was particularly the case at Adeam, where a singular earring retained a mythical, ancient Egyptian silhouette. The spiral was intoxicating in its contours and unexpected style. We can see it infusing an all black outfit with a sartorial hit of seductive prowess.
This compelling new trend was spotted at 3.1 Phillip Lim, where models hosted singular chandelier earrings on their ears. Dries Van Noten’s semi teardrop single earring was artistic and architectural in its elegant simplicity.
#7. Gone Circular
As far as shapes go, circles made a lasting impression on designers for their fall/ winter 2018-2019 jewelry creations. Circles have an enigmatic appeal; they are simple yet contain dimension within their sleek and elegant form. The shape also lends itself to a variety of silhouettes, from industrial to tribal to futuristic.
Circles were not confined to any one medium, gracing earrings, brooches, necklaces, and bracelets from Milan to London. Keeping with the spirit of the season, circles were bigger and bolder this season!
We loved the molten gold necklace at Ralph Lauren, and how it was balanced elegantly with a dainty gold chain. Versace’s luxe necklace was decked out in gold coins and paired with rich-gal circular gold earrings. Fendi’s urban-industrial abstract earrings combined original tan circles with a chunky silver link.
#8. One’s Fun, Many’s a Party
Now that we have established the general mega sized mood of the season, we should probably also report that quantity was a big player this season. One was hardly enough in most cases, and designers decked their models out in piles of glistening necklaces and bangles. Some of the most compelling outfits were combined with stacks of mismatched cuffs and bangles.
The appeal of layering jewelry is twofold. On the one hand it is a stealthy and fearless way of wearing your bling on your sleeve. On the other hand it is a way of playing with texture, shape, and design.
Combining different metals, sizes and lengths creates an eccentric and playful aesthetic. Though you may be trying hard to achieve the look, the result is generally effortlessly irreverent. Stocking up on multiples doesn’t necessarily equate to looking over the top.
At Chanel, piles of pearls were interspersed with silver chains for an eccentric and vivacious flapper girl style. Gucci layered stacks of elegant and unique cuffs for a bohemian citizen of the world effect.
Marni’s contoured metal bangles were utterly modern and hit minimalist gold. We loved them juxtaposed against a cozy sweater.
#9. Mismatched Earrings
One of the most unexpected but strategically fashionable fall/ winter 2018-2019 jewelry trends we saw was the mismatched earring look. Like its counterpart, the singular earring, it is a decisive and energetic approach to style. It bestows the wearer with a bold and brazen confidence and is an extremely forward-thinking way of accessorizing.
We love how designers used this fall 2018 jewelry trend as an opportunity to play with dimensions and sizes. One ear would be decked out in a simple stud, while the other would play host to a dangling and sparkly statement maker. This contrast is effective in creating a spirited and self-assured silhouette.
We loved the mismatched offering at Jonathan Simkhai, where a sculptural silver earring was contrasted with a moonstone-esque pearl dangler. The result was an unusually elegant look with a studied playfulness.
Alexander McQueen’s mismatched earrings were both comparatively attention seeking and luxurious, featuring pearls, metals, and jewels. Chanel’s mismatched earrings were subtle and proved that if you stick to a similar color family, this look can actually be rather sophisticated!
Prabal Gurung’s singular pearl chandelier strands prove that the look can be delicate rather than provocative. Jacquemus’ stunning architectural earrings combine a yellow stud and a tribal-inspired horizontal circular disk.
#10. Glitzy Silver Chandeliers
Silver was a major player in its own right this season. While silver has many functions and can be a gorgeous minimalist metal, our favorite fall 2018 jewelry trends were glamorous, sparkling, and festive reimaginings of the metal.
Glittering earrings and ornate necklaces were hedonistic statements. They give off an unrestrained and effusive aura, a kind of provocative magic. Silver abided by the go big or go home ethos of the fall and winter seasons.
We loved the sparkling Cinderella worthy earrings at Brandon Maxwell – they dangled to epic lengths and enhanced the elegance of the model’s collarbone.
Tom Ford’s mega silver hoops were a nod to the days of disco glamour and were a fearlessly bold and party-ready appropriation of the metal. His epic, blindingly bright and brilliant floral earrings were an ode to the excess of the season.
Valentino took the metal and chiselled out dainty shimmering leaf earrings that were appealingly dainty. Antonio Marras sent out radically ornate and glistening silver chandeliers that would be the perfect bedfellow with a little black evening dress.
Saint Laurent took the shimmering and celebratory silver chandelier look to new heights – their earrings were a Gilded Age approach to this fall 2018 jewelry trend. Zadig & Voltaire’s tassel stunners are a Brooklyn art house approach.
#11. Tribal Jewelry
Tribal shapes and motifs were a less showy fall 2018 jewelry trend this season, but were just as vital to the fall and winter collections. Tribal jewelry allows designers to play with rich patterns and a gorgeous heritage of evocative symbolism.
Tribal patterns are not restricted to traditional materials like woods and can instead be incorporated into a wide scope of materials. We love how a tribal style can infuse an outfit with a mood of bohemian intellectualism.
The gypsy heart vibes of the tribal trend were felt at Etro, where the Santa Fe meets bazaar vibes of the jewelry created a breezy and thoughtful mood. Giorgio Armani’s over-the-top tribal necklaces were mesmerizing and lusciously colorful. He also released gorgeous earrings that blended molten gold with delicate fringe and black stones.
Marni’s contoured circular earrings had a tribal princess feel, without the conventional colors or organic materials. They represented a futuristic, sculptural reimagining of traditional ancient icons and silhouettes. Marni’s snake bedecked golden choker also hit the old world civilization nail on the head!
Emilio Pucci’s art deco tribal turquoise necklace reached cleavage-dusting lengths – to great effect!
#12. Metal Chokers & Torcs
Chokers came back in a major way a few years ago and they have sustained a momentum rare for accessories. For the fall/ winter 2018-2019 jewelry trends, chokers got a luxe upgrade with molten metals and thicker constitutions. They contrasted elegantly against the smooth skin of the models’ collarbones and in many cases they added a breezy glamour to a dainty and feminine silhouette.
Chokers, especially of the thicker metal variety, allow the designers to showcase the quality of the material and allow them to play with form and texture. The urbane and rock and roll chain link choker at Alexander Wang was one of our runway favorites. We can see the accessory being a favorite of the alternative sartorial set come September.
The luxuriously elegant and posh silver choker at Louis Vuitton proved that the accessory could be feminine and pretty in addition to being grunged up. Marni’s Princess of the Nile crushed gold chokers had an art deco, urban street style It girl feel.
Alexander McQueen’s sleek silver chokers were urbane and industrially provocative – perfect for street style mavens looking for a fresh autumn accessory.
#13. Glittering Costume Jewelry
Elegant and luxurious jewels that were snatched right out of the antique armoire of a turn of the century heiress graced the runways. These were no traditional baubles, however. They were life-sized and dazzling in their rich and prismatic proportions.
Antique silhouettes bestow a woman’s style with a luxurious and ornate elegance. We love the unapologetic glamour and femininity of a sparkling precious stone-bedecked piece of jewelry.
Anna Sui’s epic ruby and amethyst earring and necklace pair evoked images of golden age debutante balls. Dolce & Gabbana spared no expense with their luxe chandelier earrings. Their baroque n’ roll cuffs were decorated with glistening stones and Renaissance style cupids.
#14. Asymmetrical Art Deco
Fascinating and enigmatic shapes swept the runways. This asymmetrical fashioning retains a mysterious quality, an ineffable and alluring aspect that’s hard to pin down. Maybe the beauty of asymmetry is its enigmatic appeal – it evokes the chaos theory of nature and the cosmos. The contours and unexpected lines and contrasts play against our senses and captivate.
Oftentimes, asymmetrical jewelry takes on an artistic, sculptural quality. An art deco twist gives this fall 2018 jewelry trend a Sixties Factory Girl feel and an art world glitterati mood. This truism is certainly the case with the industrial, art deco earrings we saw at Cushnie et Ochs.
Giorgio Armani’s Sixties Dr. Strangelove earrings were provocatively original in their color palette and sculptural sensibility. Altuzarra’s mythical, magical tree root-style necklaces and earrings were fascinatingly endearing and alluringly whimsical in their artistic appeal.
#15. Skinny Chains
One of the counterweights to the larger than life mood of the season was the selection of thin and dangling necklaces that served as a subtler way of playing the fall/ winter 2018-2019 jewelry trend this September.
Simple, elegant necklaces that dangle effortlessly from the neck are a dainty and feminine way of adding a hint of color or texture to a cold weather outfit. We love how a pretty and simple necklace can be layered up with scarves and a sweater for a cozy and breezy silhouette.
Louis Vuitton’s lariat-style necklace had a streak of Old West to it and was captivating in its gentle complexity. If dainty ain’t your thing, have no fear; this style is perfect for layering and playing dress up with. This shapeshifting quality was evidenced at Alexander Mcqueen, where dainty pendant-style necklaces were contrasted with chunky metallic chokers.
#16. Get Charmed
Chunky, charm-style necklaces and bracelets were one of our favorite eccentric fall/ winter 2018-2019 jewelry trends. They have an irreverent, collector’s delight appeal.
Charm necklaces are a unique spin on the traditional charm bracelet and are a grown-up way of showing off your glittering bauble collection. This season, charms ran the gamut from glittering stars to tribal chunky stones to aquatic trinkets.
We loved the seashell charms at 3.1 Phillip Lim, the magical and whimsical shells contrasted appealingly against a trendy chain link silver body. Versace sent out ancient Roman mythology-inspired coin charms. The result was an impactful look that was all pure luxurious intrigue and historical goddess vibes.
Charm jewelry is full of life and whimsy and allows the wearer to display the full extensiveness of her jewel-bedecked acumen.
#17. Hoop Earrings Going Strong
Perfectly in line with the ‘80s fall 2018 fashion trends, hoop earrings are the simplest, yet the coolest fall 2018 jewelry trend we are pretty sure we’ll see everywhere come the colder months. For the new season, hoop earrings got interesting makeovers, sometimes appearing uber-luxurious, sometimes highly modern, while other times creatively otherworldly.
Jacquemus managed to ideally combine the trend with the mega size of their earrings, as a result providing us with the largest hoop earrings for fall, embellished with orbiting stones. Encrusted with tiny precious stones, Tom Ford’s hoops are the most evening-ready iteration of this trend.
Y/ Project went over the top, giving an artistic spin to hoop earrings, combining many in one look. This is what Gucci also embraced but in a different way, stacking up the model’s one ear with three oversized hoop earrings that looked creatively insane to say the least.
Sacai’s interpretation of the trend is the most minimalist and polished, suggesting wearing just one single hoop earring that will steal the show!
#18. Creative Body Jewelry
Who said jewelry is made just for ears and hands? Body jewelry is back in style in full force as one of the most opulent fall/ winter 2018-2019 jewelry trends you can use to take your evening looks to new heights. This year, it’s not about beach body jewelry, but more refined, opulent designs that accessorize evening looks.
Gucci’s body jewelry for fall 2018 is perhaps the boldest, all comprised of intersecting rhinestone rows covering the entire body. At 3.1 Phillip Lim, a super-long necklace is used like a cross-body jewelry piece, embellished with seashell charms. On the other hand, Jacquemus gives preference to minimalist, delicate body jewelry emphasized with a tiny blue orbiting stone.
Fall/ Winter 2018-2019 Accessory Trends
#1. Punchy Gloves
Gloves are a signature staple for the fall and winter seasons. They foster an aura of maturity, elegance, and sophistication and endow the wearer with unparalleled old school glamour.
For the fall/ winter 2018-2019 accessory trends, gloves got a boost from punchy and original colors. Classic blacks and greys shared closet space with bold pinks and purples to great effect.
We love that gloves can serve as an unexpected dose of color to an outfit, as few will expect the hit of color to come from such a traditionally quiet accessory. Bold gloves need not be irreverent or childish; they are, in fact, a creative way of adding a subtle and street-ready rock and roll flavor to any outfit.
Sportmax sent roller derby red gloves down the runway, where they contrasted with a tight black long-sleeved shirt. This enhanced the lipstick’s red shade and produced a harmoniously elegant mid-Fifties Hollywood vibe.
We loved Chanel’s bubblegum pink and sky blue fingerless gloves – they had a delightfully eccentric mod Breakfast at Tiffany’s feel.
#2. Belt Pouches
A mega trend when it came to the fall 2018 bags was the functional and dimensional belt-bag merger. This trend continued unabated when the belt was the center stage, as well.
This marriage of two separate accessories is positively ingenious. The merger creates a new layer of depth and toughens up the daintiest of outfits. The unexpected combo is sartorially forward thinking and bestows the wearer with an urban cool girl feel.
We loved the playful offering at Emilio Pucci, where pastel colors and cutesy pouches created a tongue-in-cheek elegance. Givenchy’s burgundy stunner was an original take on the classic accessory and came equipped with luxe gold details and petite golden straps.
Lanvin’s monochromatic, minimalist orange belt bag was an injection of color that was both functional and playful.
#3. Logo Accessories
Logos are one of the hottest fall 2018 print trends that crossed the spectrum from shoes to bags to accessories. We love logos because they are a fearless and tongue-in-cheek way of telling the world that you’re a style maven with insider knowledge of designer brands and fashion movements.
This season, logos graced any number of accessories, from belts to hosiery. Logos remind us of the self-possessed and (only slightly) self-involved ‘Carrie’ necklace that our beloved Sex and the City heroine wears with all of her casual and formal outfits.
We loved the Chanel logoed chokers that topped off cozy oversized jackets. The result was upscale Gossip Girl glamour.
Logos don’t have to be ostentatious and they absolutely can be incorporated into a pared-down, elegant aesthetic. Don’t believe us? Just look at the art deco sculptural Giorgio Armani logo belt seen on the runways; the logo is blink-and-you-miss-it tiny.
Fendi’s luxurious furry scarf was fearlessly provocative and undoubtedly Blair Waldorf posh. At Alexander Wang, logos decorated revealing hosiery and endowed the outfits with a grungy backstage It girl appeal. Dolce & Gabbana sent brazenly logoed gloves down the runway.
#4. Hardware Belts
An updated and industrial spin on the classic belt! Chunky hardware and straps give a belt an extra dimension of texture and infuse it with an urbane sensibility and classy lady who lunches appeal.
Simple leather straps and intentionally designed clasps are sophisticated by their very nature and create a cohesive wholeness that an outfit may otherwise lack. The most compelling reason to grab an elegant belt? It can utterly transform the classic turtleneck and jeans combo and endow a simple outfit with an upscale mood.
Alberta Ferretti’s understated gold meets leather belt was a Hamptons-meet-Italian-heiress accessory that was utterly sophisticated. Alexander McQueen’s stunningly simple black belts were strappy yet elegant and were the perfect finishing touch for a sophisticated fall look.
Marni’s deep crimson belt had a mega buckle but it looked appealingly wearable, proving that straps and hardware need not be intimidating, even when taken to an epic scale.
#5. Unexpected Neutral Gloves
In addition to the bolder family of colors that we saw rocking belts on both sides of the Atlantic, unexpected neutral shades played an exciting role on the runways! What do we mean by unexpected neutrals? Elegant, downtempo shades of mustard, burgundy, camel, and grey that at first glance wouldn’t be considered traditionally neutral.
Try out a deep purple or a burnt yellow, however, and you’ll see that these shapeshifting shades do indeed display many of the best qualities of a neutral: they are wearable, adaptable, and play well with others! We loved Alberta Ferretti’s camel brown gloves decorated with a streak of yellow.
Marc Jacobs’ elegant and retro deep grape purple gloves were a perfect example of this fall 2018 accessory trend done properly. They were endlessly classy with the lightest hint of the unusual.
Roksanda’s elbow-length gloves looked playfully sophisticated in a dimensionally chromatic mustard yellow. Salvatore Ferragamo’s deep wine gloves were deeply cerebral in appearance – the kind of gloves an intellectual heroine might own.
#6. Old Western Belts
Belts have always had a rough and ready appeal – both functional and stylish. We love how the classic Old West Americana belt never goes out of style, but rather reappears in different iterations every season.
For the fall/ winter 2018-2019 accessory trends, Old Western belts were pared-down and rustic, with simple hardware and supple tan and black leather. We love how an Old West aesthetic has a breezy and soulful effortlessness to it. It looks elegantly laid-back with a neutral color palette of cozy sweaters and deep blue denim.
We especially loved how chunky clasps on classic Old Western style leather belts created a bohemian silhouette. We love the understated outback glamour of the belts seen at Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini. Miu Miu sent out stacks of black and brown belts that had an elusive and enigmatic Old West feel.
#7. Statement Scarves
With the arrival of the colder months, it’s natural to embrace the French girl aesthetic hidden in you and accessorize your looks with colorful, cheerful scarves. For the fall/ winter 2018-2019 accessory trends, scarves genuinely serve their purpose, since they come chunky and oversized to cover every inch of your neck and protect you from the cold outside.
3.1 Phillip Lim’s puffer-style scarf manages to be cheerful and statement-making thanks to the eye-catching blue coloring, the patterns, and the delicate silver tassels hanging from both ends. Roksanda, on the other hand, sent out a minimalist kind of puffer-style scarf in a neutral color that could go with every kind of winter outfit.
Photos via Vogue, Livingly