When Tom Ford got to work on his new Fall collection, he had a few characteristics in mind. “Fierce, powerful, and badass are words that resonated me this season,” he told Daily Front Row. “I mean, who doesn’t want to be a badass? Especially after being trapped at home for a year.” And being trapped at home is, indeed, all that's been on anyone’s mind. As we swapped our fabulous dresses and trousers for sweats and thick socks, our jewelry stayed locked away. This was reflected in the Fall collections, where jewelry wasn’t flaunted ostentatiously as it has been in seasons past.
While the pandemic will undoubtedly have a lasting effect on the fashion industry for the next few seasons (you can retire your stilettos until 2022), designers brought life back into the few jewelry bits that were shown in the collections. Earrings that you can party the night away in and small eclectic charms were some of the styles that graced the runway. All came with an implicit PSA: Don’t underestimate the power of a good jewel. Whether small and minimal, or XL and art deco, a bit of glamour will ward off lackluster energy. A show-stopping jewel can be your best friend in combating these days of monotony.
Charms aren't reserved for your wrist. This season, we saw iterations in the form of rings and necklaces. Try one of these eclectic yet subtle styles—you'll be charmed.
Try wearing charms on a brooch or pin instead of the traditional bracelet.
An anklet is a perfect way to showcase subtle charms.
Looking to add some color into the mix? Try this heart charm necklace in a mix of assorted stones from Brinker and Eliza.
Make others take a second look in these showstopping styles. This style from Tom Ford is made from a mix of mirrors, gold, and broken glass.
You won't need much else with this brilliant pair from Area. Style with an LBD and voilà—you're good to go.
This gorgeous rainbow style from Mateo is made from sapphires and green amethyst.
For an ethereal take on this trend, try this gold leaf style that's inspired by butterflies and cascading foliage.
A piece you never thought you needed: animal motif jewelry. These light-hearted styles will surely lighten the mood.
Bold white hues always take center stage, and the animal motif on this pair from Bottega Veneta take standing out a step further.
Not ready to fully dive into this trend? Start with this small charm from Loewe, with the logo engraved on the side.
Believe it or not, this style represents the fertility and "flow of the Divine."
Sometimes, less is more. A single earring will add an edgy elegance to your look.
This single earring from Johnny Nelson is available in gold, sterling silver, and white gold.
This spiked style from Maria Tash is surprisingly subtle.