Summer Jewelry Trends 2009: Must Have Accessories

Summer is here and I am sure that you have already done away with the sweaters, wool blazers and heavy coats. Now is the time to break out your softer pieces: flowy chiffon, soft cottons and lightweight tunics. Summer is wonderful time for bright colors in clothing and jewelry. Let’s face it, as the weather gets hotter we tend to show more skin. So, as there is less material to make “statement pieces” from our clothing we have to more with our jewelry. Long maxi dresses, short summer dresses, dressy shorts and halters are must have clothing items every fashionista needs for the long, hot summer. Okay, so you have an idea of the outfits you will be wearing. Well, what about your jewelry?

Anyone who watches the runways knows that fashion reflects what is going on in the world. During the Fall/Winter 2008 shows, everyone was talking about the recession and the dire state of the United States. On the runway, the colors may have been moody to reflect the public attitude but the jewelry and accessories were anything but. Models donned ornately embellished choker necklaces and over the top, chunky drop necklaces that covered their chests. This trend spilled over into the Spring/Summer 2009 looks. Valentino, Marc Jacobs and John Galliano flaunted exaggerated pendants on chunky chains on their models. Zac Posen’s models sashayed down the runway in huge, door knocker earrings. Ultimately, what we see on the runway will spill into the streets of America. What you need to remember for Summer 2009 is that statement pieces are still in vogue. The bigger the better.

Go for the earrings that fashion insiders call “shoulder dusters”.  Try on a beautiful pair of chandelier earrings or long, dangle earrings that command attention. These are the perfect accessories to go with those shoulder baring dresses and halter tops. These earrings should be bold enough so that you do not have to wear a necklace.

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The Top Jewelry Trends Seen at Couture 2017

After acclimating to normal life, and when I say normal I mean not having to take 700+ photos per day while meeting one jewelry designer after the other all while trying to look like I haven’t just slept for 4 hours and only eaten a diet that could sustain a person for a brief moment, I am happily enjoying my quiet reflection time from the Couture show. Happy to be tucked away in laid back Nashville, far from the dry air, noisy crowds and thick cigarette smoke of Vegas. But don’t get me wrong, there is a large part of me that absolutely loves everything about Vegas Jewelry Week–including all that is complained about.

One of my most favorite things to do when Couture is over is go through all my photos, take in all that I just saw and narrow down all the goodness into a small list of top jewelry trends. It is no simple task and I like to keep my trend categories somewhat pinpointed, so they are not so broad. Tracking trends and observing how these trends evolve is some science mixed with a heavy dose of anthropology, and no I don’t mean the lifestyle/clothing store. Continue reading