Winter is a time for changing trends in fashion and in style!
When we usher in the cooler weather in autumn, we welcome the return of our sweaters, jackets and heavy boots. Cold weather always means warmer clothes, lots of layers, hats, gloves and scarves. All of this layering means that jewelry — so obvious in the summertime — is buried beneath swaths and swaths of fabric. For the jewelry lovers out there, winter can be a very frustrating time. It seems like there’s no chance to show off the beautiful gems and baubles that you’ve acquired. As annoying as this can often be, it’s important to remember that being stylish in the winter means something very different than being stylish in summer ,and the rules that govern jewelry wearing in the warmer months change significantly in the wintertime. The most important trend to adhere to in the wintertime is chic minimalism. The heavy layers we all wear can already make a look very chaotic, and too many accessories make everything into a jumbled mess.
Winter jewelry trends tend to be toward smaller, brighter and more precious pieces. Pendants on a long chain, delicate gold rings and other smaller pieces are perfect for the colder season of the year. Resist the urge to don big statement jewelry like bib necklaces, chunky bracelets, bangles and big chandelier earrings. These pieces look awkward and overdone when set against so many layers and various fabrics. You should select pieces that complement, rather than fight against the clothing that you’re wearing.
Less is more
If you are a devout jewelry wearer, however, there is no rule that can sway you to believe that less is more. If you truly believe that more is more when it comes to jewelry, the best thing for you to do is to layer these simple pieces over one another to create an eclectic look that will be statement-making without looking awkward or too clunky or too heavy. The best thing to do with winter looks in this case, is to make them monochromatic-basic black or gray should suffice.
Gold is glam
Gold is a popular winter jewelry trend. Silver is light and clean but there is something about gold during the colder months that just warms a look right up. Gold chains, delicate gold rings or even gold hoop earrings are all safe bets for wintertime jewelry trends. Another trend that has shown on lots of runways and is gaining popularity is jewelry made with knotted fabric and other fibrous materials. These, too, like layered pieces must be paired with simple, elegant clothing so as not to overwhelm the outfit and create a discordant look.
Another jewelry trend for winters is gems in deep jewel tones. Sapphire, topaz, emerald, amethyst and ruby colored stones are all more than appropriate for the season especially when worn in bundles. A wealth of shiny deep colored gems may well be the only exception to the less-is-more dictum of winter jewelry. For some reason bushels of gems look festive, warming and chic against the dark colors that categorize so many people’s winter wardrobes.
Brooch it up
Another fun and trendy piece of jewelry for the wintertime is a brooch. Affixing a brooch to a scarf or the lapel of a coat is a fun and retro way of delicately and subtly dressing up your winter look. Shopping for brooches is easy because so many vintage stores and consignment boutiques have such a large supply of them. Buying a brooch with a little sparkle or a little shine means that you can dress up a variety of basics each day, and manage to make the most basic outfit somehow special and unique.
What are your favorite winter jewelry trends? Let us know in the comments!
Bio: Vera Mosley is a freelance writer for an Aqua Master Watch company. When she is not writing or blogging about the latest fashions, she loves to travel the world. Follow her on Twitter @Vmosely.