Every time we need to perk up our outfits, jewelry comes to the rescue. With the right chunky necklace or pair of sparkly statement earrings, your blazer/dress/sweater looks even more stylish. (Personally, I never leave the house without earrings on, even if it's just a simple pair of diamond studs.) And with all the spring/fall 2020 runway offerings, jewelry options are bound to be plentiful and fresh, just like your favorite 2020 handbags (opens in new tab) or shoes (opens in new tab). We've gone ahead and pinpointed the nine jewelry trends to know for the season—and even provided similar get-it-now options—so you don't have to wait a minute longer to shop. After all, your outfit is in need of new accessories.
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Animal Motif Jewelry
Whether it was a giant scorpion collar at Balmain or the fish charms hanging off the necklaces at Dior, designers found some way to incorporate animals into their jewelry. The pieces looked whimsical and edgy—the adult upgrade from your childhood accessories. Elsewhere on the fall 2020 runways, Carolina Herrera had bird earrings while Erdem's silver earrings featured flamingos (or possibly storks?).
Sewit Sium Rearing Cobra Earrings
These cobra hoops are statement-making but somehow subtle enough for everyday.
This fish single earring will be a summer show-stopper paired with a simple hoop or a pearl drop on your other ear.
Kenneth Jay Lane White Elephant Head Bracelet
Kenneth Jay Lane is the king of animal-inspired costume jewelry and this bracelet is a classic style of his. Layer with other gold bangles or heavy chain bracelets for a bold look.
Mignonne Gavigan Bird Earrings, Toffee
To quote Portlandia: "Put a bird on it."
Gucci (left), Moschino
Across the spring and fall 2020 runways, statement chokers popped up around models' necks. Gucci piled on two of the accessories while Jeremy Scott of Moschino included one in a larger set of layered necklaces. Other brands like Monse and The Blonds debuted buckle options (opens in new tab). Look for extravagant chokers come autumn 2020 to wear with your V-neck sweaters and knitted cardigans. The theme for accessories, it seems, is go big or go home.
Coup De Coeur Spike Choker Necklace
Your usual look of delicately layered necklaces could use some edge. That's where this choker comes in. It reminds me of a fancy animal collar, but is strictly meant for humans.
Area Scalloped Choker
Rhinestones, colored or not, were big on the fall 2020 runways so why not incorporate this design into a choker? It will add something sparkly to your everyday ensembles.
Dylan Lex Gilded West
The brushed gold gives it an antique feel but the pendant keeps it edgy.
Fallon Jewelry Monarch Pearl Choker Necklace
Pearls are everywhere right now for both ladies and men (opens in new tab) (see: ASAP Rocky). This choker looks great layered with other metal chains, which make it a little less prim and proper.
Fendi (left), Monse
If you're wondering, "Are those pens?" on the ears of models at Fendi's fall 2020 runway show (opens in new tab), the answer is yes. The look of everyday objects turned accessories was an unusually cool trend on the runways because it was one of the first things to catch our eyes. When your outfit needs that unexpected touch, earrings like these will ensure everyone gives your outfit a genuine compliment.
Anthropologie Pin Drop Threader Earring Set
This looks like an ordinary pair of clothing pins, but they're actually earrings! Once you're over that jarring fact, adorn your lobes with them.
2 Finger Rings New Edge Razor Ring
Razor jewelry is an iconic punk staple, but this double finger ring feels more elevated (and less sharp!) than the DIY version.
Marla Aaron Baby Lock Sterling Silver
One of jewelry designer Marla Aaron's signature pieces is her carabiner-inspired baby lock. Add this to any existing necklace as a charm or link together chains or a long or layered look.
Maria Tash Short Chain Handcuff Clickers
These mini handcuffs are meant to hook two side-by-side piercings together. They'll make for a great conversation starter.
Proenza Schouler (left), Balenciaga
Give your dainty hoop earrings a break and invest in a large pair for 2020. The oversize style was spotted on the spring 2020 runways from designers like Carolina Herrera and Sies Marjan. Updated takes on the design include door-knocker styles like the Balenciaga ones and double hoops from Proenza Schouler. These hoops are all about standing out, not blending in.
Jennifer Fisher Baby Lace Up gold-plated hoop earrings
Jennifer Fisher knows how to make a strong hoop. These twisted version pumps up the volume and texture making them your new everyday go-to.
Guess Gold-Tone Bamboo Hoop Earrings
Bamboo hoops have become so ubiquitous that they now hold their own as a jewelry staple. These from Guess are statement-making but won't break the bank.
Lorraine West Jewelry Nipple Hoops in Brass
These hoops have a special "feminine" touch to them. They're simple enough to wear every day but a total conversation starter.
Melody Eshani 1998 Door Knocker
A more colorful take on a classic Door Knocker style are perfect for warm weather dressing.
Ulla Johnson (left), Anna Sui
Spring tends to bring a renewed energy to our wardrobes; we shed our puffers and ankle boots for barely-there sandals and whispery cotton dresses. To welcome sunnier days and add some cheer to your look, opt for bright baubles in various hues. Colorful accessories were plentiful on the runways and designers weren't afraid to play with proportions.
Adore Adorn Desert Drip Dangle Earring
The varying warm shades of these crystals will look stunning on every skin tone and pretty much with anything you wear.
MaryJane Claverol Delphine Bracelet
A pop of color is always a welcome addition to any stack of layered bracelets. It also helps free up any rules if you have a thing about mixing metals.
Colorful stones mixed with strong statement gold are a winning combo when it comes to a "one and done" accessory.
BaubleBar Sanibel Statement Ring
A colorful ring works well on its own as a cocktail statement piece, or it can be playful in a strong stack.
Prabal Gurung (left), Oscar de la Renta
Jewelry isn't just for your wrists, ears, or neck anymore, as Bottega Veneta proved with its popular chain-adorned mesh pumps (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab)last season. For 2020, fashion houses like Oscar de la Renta and Zimmermann (opens in new tab) are continuing to honor this look by taking the liberty of adorning their own footwear with chains and other unexpected embellishments. Feeling crafty? DIY the style by looping a long chain around your ankles and through the strap of your sandals.
Aminah Abdul Jillil Gold Chain Open Toe Sandal
A major motto of ours: What Would Rihanna Do? She'd wear these with a slip dress and be done with it.
Kalda Inez Sandals
The mixed metal anklet detail ensures that these will go with any other jewelry you have on.
Jil Sander Black Whipstitch Anklet Ballerina Flats
These flats have a built in metal bangle anklet, which is a beautiful juxtaposition to the crafty whipstitch detail.
MICHAEL KORS Bergen Curb Chain Slide Sandal
These are perfect when you just can't take a heel but don't want to lose your edge.
Tory Burch (left), Burberry
I, for one, am glad pearls are here to stay for another season. For this year, expect to see designers create sculptural shapes out of this object in addition to embracing a pearl's more natural shape like the earrings spotted at Jason Wu (opens in new tab). Whether you decide to go with faux or real pearl pieces, they all add a touch of femininity and timelessness to your outfits.
Mateo 14-karat Gold Pearl Hoop Earrings
These pretty little pearly hoops are the everyday earring you didn't know you needed.
Lizzie Fortunato Heartbreak Necklace
This necklace will easily be the center of attention in any outfit. Instead of wearing it solo, layer on some of your favorite thin gold chains to build an enviable necklace stack.
Kendra Scott Amiya Gold Cuff Bracelet in Pearl
This layered cuff with double pearls is stylish enough to stand on its own or will look fabulous with whatever other bangles you may have to add.
Fenty Pearls Belly Chain
It's crop top season, so why not decorate your midsection as well? It's the unexpected accessory that will have your friends feeling super jelly.
Zimmermann (left), Brandon Maxwell
Statement-making jewelry won't be hard to find this year, thanks to "big chain energy." Oversize gold chokers and lucite necklaces ruled the necks of models at the spring and fall 2020 shows. If you're going out, opt for glittery silver links to dress up your outfit like the one spotted at Brandon Maxwell, above. The chunky chains, which comes in bracelet forms too, work equally as well for the office, when you need an easy style hack to dress up a sweater and jeans.
Soko Malindi Charm Collar Necklace
The little charm details on this heavy link necklace add a little extra something-something without the extra effort.
Chloé Colleen Gold and Silver Bracelet
Chloé girls will love the padlock and key charm details that mimic the label's "Aby" handbag (opens in new tab). If you're not too keen on looping a giant chain around your neck, this lightweight bracelet is your intro into the chunky chain trend.
Annelise Michelson Déchainée Earrings
These super statement brass earrings come with major wow factor. They're clips, so don't stress about the weight putting any pressure on a piercing.
Vanessa Mooney The Chain Link Ring
Big chains can also come in little packages. This ring is classic enough to go with everything but can certainly hold its own when it comes to style.
Valentino (left), Marni
Rocking a single earring isn't a completely new concept, but the trend is still alive and well for another year. Fashion houses from the ones you see above to Tibi, JW Anderson, Fendi, and Oscar de la Renta all accessorized their ensembles with one large statement earring, proving this way of dressing is still fresh and relevant. If you've been hesitant to try this look in the past, maybe this is the year you conquer this trend. We believe in you.
Gucci Crystal Fringed Single Earring
Beads Byaree Flora Ear Cuff
This ear cuff is a stunning showstopper that your summer wardrobe needs NOW. We guarantee you don't have anything else like it.
Saskia Diez Big Triple gold-plated ear cuff
This ear cuff is a statement stunner when paired with super-simple hoops on the other side.
Fenty Roped In earcuffs long right
Layer this ear cuff on the ear that has the most piercings (it comes in a left and a right version) to take your ear game to a whole other level.
Marina Liao is the former fashion news editor at MarieClaire.com, where she covered celebrity style (from Meghan Markle to Katie Holmes), fashion trends, and shopping advice, plus conducted original interviews with industry insiders. She's also had many opportunities to write content in other areas such as beauty, food, tech, and even home. Her previous fashion stints include POPSUGAR and Cosmopolitan.
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