Now’s about the time we could all use some self-care, right? And your style of self-care might be a bubble bath infused with essential oils, or a glass of Cabernet on the patio. But my go-to is a new piece of jewelry. And jewelry, like clothes, shoes, and makeup, redefines itself every season — so fashion girls like us have a shiny new bauble to show off.
Summer jewelry has a big job, too. It has to make a statement, of course, but it also has to be dainty enough that it won’t feel like too much work to wear in the summer heat. This summer, the trends have found that balance in resin bangles, hoops, delicate chains, unexpected details, and pearls. There are pieces to suit any personality, too, from bold to understated.
Ready to be inspired? Here are 10 summer jewelry picks you’ll adore for summer.
Summer Jewelry Trends You’ll Love
1. Bold and bright colors
After what felt like endless grey winter days, we’re ready to embrace the trend of bright colors this summer to reflect our happiness amid the sun’s welcome return. Who wouldn’t be beaming every time they looked down at their wrist when wearing this Hova Mid Bangle from Trina Turk? The bright yellow resin bangle is like carrying a bit of sunshine with you everywhere you go. Whether you’re dressed up or super casual, it pairs well with anything, but we love the idea of wearing it with white pants and chic sandals.
If yellow isn’t quite your color, you can’t go wrong with these pretty blue hoops by Argento Vivo. Put them on for a poolside hang or while picking up dinner curbside to add a bit of cheer to the rest of your outfit.
2. Giant hoops
Around here, we’re big believers that the bigger the hoops, the better the fashion, so we’re glad to see giant hoops are a major trend this summer! While hula-hoop sizes aren’t quite a thing just yet, these extra large hoops by Dinosaur Designs come pretty close! At 3.5”, you’re sure to make a statement wearing these black resin hoops no matter what else you wear. Even if you have your hair down, these earrings are large enough to be noticed. Wear them with basic jeans and a tee or your favorite flowy summer dress as your only jewelry — they’ll be the star of your look!
If you’re looking to make less of a statement but still get in on the trend, the slightly dainty Isabel large hoops from Anthropologie may be just what you’re looking for. The 3” diameter metal hoops with hammered detailing are available in gold or silver and are perfect for days you want your giant hoops to be seen, not heard.
3. Chain, chain, chains
Don’t worry, you won’t have to channel your inner Mr. T to embrace this trend. One of our favorite picks is this keychain necklace by Jules Smith. Not only does it look super chic and not like you’re wearing your bike chain around your neck, but the choker-length is another summer trend! It’s simple, chic, and more than a bit sexy. Paired with a little black dress, we think it would be the perfect accessory to liven up your date night outfit.
If a big chain around your neck just isn’t your thing, this charming and delicate Murphy Chain bracelet from Set & Stones offers a more subtle way of wearing the trend. Still looking for the perfect graduation gift for a niece or daughter? This bracelet is such a memorable way to mark the occasion!
4. A walk on the wild side
If you’ve been itching to let out your inner tiger king or queen, your time has arrived. All of you cool cats and kittens will be happy to know that animal jewelry is big right now, and you don’t have to break the bank to embrace it. You’d be wise to add this origami owl necklace from La Menagerie to your jewelry collection this summer. Wear it alone or layer it.
But if you don’t give a hoot about owls, you’re still in luck! They have a whole collection of origami-style animal necklaces with everything from cats to wolves to dolphins — and 5% of the sales of every piece benefit the World Wildlife Fund, so you can do good and look good.
For all of you cat lovers, be prepared to go wild over this gold cat ears ring adorned with Swarovski crystals. And at a price under $20, it’s no big deal if after you buy it, you decide you’re actually more of a dog person after all. We won’t judge!
We’re not talking about your mother’s classic strand that was kept in a box and only worn on special occasions. This year, pearls are back and more accessible than ever. This iridescent Carraway pearl necklace from Anthropologie offers the luxurious appearance of freshwater pearls without those hoity-toity country club vibes. It’s the perfect accessory to pair with a flowy maxi dress, large sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat when you’re out and about for a day of safely soaking up the sun.
For something a bit more subtle, try these Majorica simulated pearl linear drop earrings. The 6” long earrings feature one single simulated pearl dangling from a delicate silver chain. They’re casual enough to wear with jeans and a top without looking misplaced, but can easily be worn at the most formal of events — even perfect for a blushing summer bride!