Fall/ Winter 2020-2021 Accessory Trends

We were curious to see how the gender-punk vibes of the fashion month would impact the fall/ winter 2019-2020 accessory trends. You would think that in a season that was decidedly unfeminine the jewelry offerings would be slim, but we’re happy to report that this wasn’t the case for the fall 2019 jewelry trends! Designers found a way to combine opulent jewelry and cheeky accessories with dark and edgy, minimalist, or gender-neutral runways.

Fall/ Winter 2019-2020 Accessory/ Jewelry Trends

On the grunge side of things there were lots of cool offerings: punk chokers and non-jewelry objects used as accessories. Most of all, though, there were chains just about everywhere.

There were tons of different kinds of chain necklaces, as well as chains used for body jewelry and designer belts. While most chains had a darker, more industrial vibe, there were also some super glamorous takes on chains, with smooth chunky necklaces and chokers in particular feeling quite luxurious.

There was definitely no lack of glamour, with rhinestones and pearls used in all manner of ways, even on the fall 2019 nails. Impossibly long earrings, big matching sets of jewelry, and all manner of accessories dripping with rhinestones or colorful gemstones are only a few examples.

As far as the fall/ winter 2019-2020 accessory trends were concerned, waist cinching belts had a strong comeback this season, as part of an overall cinched waist and broad shoulders silhouette that dominated the fall 2019 fashion trends. Chain belts also made an appearance, complementing all of the chain necklaces. Some accessories, especially socks and scarves, fit into a category we’re dubbing “cozy chic”, which is exactly what we all need in time for winter.

Fall/ Winter 2019-2020 Jewelry Trends

#1. Earrings Long AF

It’s as though the fall 2019 jewelry trends lead to a competition to see who could make the longest pair of earrings, and there were some great entries. From Prabal Gurung, a chain of pearly hoops made for gorgeous earrings. The earrings ended in pearl-covered tassels at the bottom, and were long enough to nearly reach the elbow!

While most earrings at Louis Vuitton weren’t extreme, the big exceptions were a few shoulder-dusting mock feather earrings. These unique creations were only worn on one ear, and were constructed of a long silver length, at the end of which a large feather-like pendant was made out of what appeared to be plastic.

Long earrings were kept extra unique at Loewe – they were made of leather straps with a buckle at the top, looking like belts. Lastly, the longest of all was a single rhinestone-covered dangly earring in the Esteban Cortazar lookbook that hung down all the way to the knee!

Fall/ Winter 2019-2020 Jewelry Trends: Extra-Long Earrings

#2. Delicate Danglies

Extra-long earrings can be fun, but for most of us a pair of delicately dangly earrings might be more practical. Long (but not overly so) earrings made of shimmery strings or drops of metal are timelessly gorgeous, and are able to work with both daytime looks and evening wear.

These long, dangling earrings were the perfect fit for the pretty collection of evening wear at Cushnie. Made of silver with just a small lightning shape at the top, they were as pretty as can be. Silver was also the color of choice at Lemaire, where simple but beautiful dangly earrings were shaped like long drops.

Fall/ Winter 2019-2020 Jewelry Trends: Long Dangling Earrings

#3. Ear Armor

The fiercest of the earring-related fall 2019 jewelry trends is probably the ear armor. This refers to earrings or cuffs that cover the bulk of the ear helix, looking like an especially glamorous armor.

Each pair of earrings on the Prabal Gurung runway was longer and bigger than the previous one, so ear armor absolutely fit in. Threaded with pearls with a few dangling beaded chains, these ear cuffs were colorful and fun.

Gold, wing-shaped earrings were tilted up, with a small cuff to wrap around the ears at Lanvin, giving us a semi-armor for the lobe and bottom half of the ear. The most extreme take on ear armor was presented at Gucci, where gold pieces molded to look like ears were fit over the ears of the models – we can hardly imagine a more conceptual object.

Fall/ Winter 2019-2020 Jewelry Trends: Ear Armor - Ear Cuffs
Fall/ Winter 2019-2020 Jewelry Trends: Ear Armor - Ear Cuffs

#4. Single Earring

Symmetry was not necessary or recommended this fashion month. Wearing only one earring was one of the ways to eschew symmetry in the fall/ winter 2019-2020 jewelry trends. Wearing one earring is also a great way of rocking something beautiful and blingy in a non-gendered, and if we may add, it’ll make you feel a little pirate-y, too.

Tory Burch proved that a single earring could be ultra-feminine, with models wearing elongated earrings covered in gems only on one ear. There was all manner of earrings on display at 3.1 Phillip Lim, but our best example of a model only wearing one earring was actually also a longer one threaded with gems.

Even at Prabal Gurung a few of the models only wore a single shoulder-dusting earring, with one ear left bare.

Fall/ Winter 2019-2020 Jewelry Trends: Single Earring

#5. Tassels

Tassels are a fun way of adding a slightly bohemian vibe to any look, especially when they decorate the head one each side in the form of earrings. We saw tasseled jewelry show up on runways with all kinds of different styles, showing that they can actually be quite versatile.

Beaded tassels at Saint Laurent jazzed up an overall darker-toned runway. In gold and yellow, tassels were the perfect ornamentation on long necklaces and dangle earrings. Tasseled earrings at Lanvin added fun pops of color to the few black and white outfits on the runway.

The most unique tassel earrings we spotted were on the Stella McCartney runway – the shoulder-dusting tassels were made of chains of paper clips that were linked together, likely representing how important reusing and upcycling is for the designer herself.

Fall/ Winter 2019-2020 Jewelry Trends: Tassel Jewelry

#6. Dripping with Rhinestones

Is there anything more glamorous than a cascade of rhinestones along the wrist, décolletage, or side of the neck? Rhinestone-studded jewels made for some of the most luxurious and striking fall 2019 runway accessories.

At Christian Siriano, a thick choker was absolutely covered in shiny rhinestones, with another rhinestone-covered strap hanging down below to draw attention to a low neckline.

At both Paco Rabanne and Loewe, models wore large earrings with a rhinestone-covered fringe lining the bottom of the main embellishment. Christopher Kane, Brandon Maxwell, and Esteban Cortazar had some of the other runways replete with rhinestones.

Fall/ Winter 2019-2020 Jewelry Trends: Rhinestone-Studded Jewelry
Fall/ Winter 2019-2020 Jewelry Trends: Rhinestone-Studded Jewelry

#7. Boho-Chic Accessories

The fall/ winter 2019 jewelry trends have, by and large, shifted away from the hippie stylings of the previous season, even if designers are embracing a much more eco-conscious mentality. This is why, perhaps, the few bohemian offerings stand out to us so much.

Stella McCartney gets points for jewelry that was bright and fun, but also sustainable. We’ve already mentioned upcycled paper clip earrings, but we also loved necklaces decorated with colorful rubber bands, and hoop earrings with colorful leftover yarn twisted around them for a softer texture.

At Lanvin, jewelry fit the aesthetic; there were the previously mentioned colorful tassel earrings, as well as medallion earrings set in a colorful base that could have been taken straight out of a North African bazaar. The boho-vibe at Ann Demeulemeester also included some Americana, with long feather necklaces, and multiple though delicate chains.

Lastly, at Jacquemus, we saw super boho-chic wood and net earrings in a square shape that hung as low as the shoulders.

Fall/ Winter 2019-2020 Jewelry Trends: Boho-Chic Jewelry


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