The cold, winter months are here and that means it's time to break out the layers. Scarves, hats, sweaters, and coats of all shapes and sizes will be pulled from the back of the closet. While we might openly resent the chilly weather, you have to admit, fall and winter are a fun opportunity to get creative with your wardrobe. And that includes your winter jewelry.
So how do you make your Winter jewelry collection shine its brightest amongst all those layers and heavy fibers? We have some ideas.
Layer your favorite necklaces on top of your sweaters for perfect Winter jewelry coordination
Why stop layering at your sweaters and scarves? Embrace the seasonal change by layering up your Winter jewelry collections, too. This is also a great look to go for if you’re the kind of person who dresses up a fall or winter outfit with a scarf that would normally cover up any Winter necklaces you wear.
Today, major Winter jewelry trends we see include the mixing and matching of chokers and necklaces with varied and longer chains. In the summer this look is chic against tanned skin and an open blouse. But come winter, you can also pull this look off by pulling those Winter necklaces up and over a turtleneck. The choker will still sit comfortably and draw the eye up, elongating your neck. The layer of other necklaces will add much-needed dimension against a solid colored sweater, too. To achieve this look we’d start with a Mizuki 14k gold beaded choker that will sit at your collar bone. We’d then pair it with a Jennifer Meyer 18k gold and diamond choker which sits a bit lower at 14 cm and adds some beautiful depth. Finally, we’d layer on a Loren Stewart necklace outfitted with freshwater pearls that drip down your neckline and onto your chest.
Wear bracelets over your sweater sleeves
We also suggest trying this Winter jewelry layered look with bracelets, which works well if you’re not into the layered necklace look or have a scarf you’d really like to wear. Bangles are the best choice since they’re typically bigger than a clasped bracelet and can slip over your sweater sleeves easier. But don’t be afraid to play around with different winter jewelry trends here, either. We love matching gold and silver, chunky and thin, as well as a pop of color with gems and stones. To give you some inspiration, look at this combination of the Ariana Boussard-Reifel’s Despina Cuff with a Kyoto Tango Resin Bangle which could sit right on top.
Go simple and show off your favorite pendants from our winter jewelry collections.
With all the layers that come along with fall and winter fashion, you already have a lot going on. So, if you’re a minimalist, the cooler months may be your favorite for styling your Winter jewelry. Nothing looks more elegant than a simple yellow gold pendant necklace up against a black turtleneck -- like our Amulet pendant necklace with this gold and diamond triple cluster. It’s totally simple and refined, yet has this wonderful dimension that will pop against your favorite dark turtleneck or sweater.
Another pendant look you can go for is a single stone or diamond laid on top of a chunky, knitted sweater. These contrasts make your Winter jewelry collection shine and help you achieve a very elevated look with very little effort. Just imagine this one-of-a-kind Gurhan Rune pendant with a square faceted Emerald against a gray knit. The perfect combination of elegance and coziness.
Wear a bold, statement earring this Winter
If you insist on covering up with a scarf and even a hat, you can still pull off a chic Winter jewelry trend with a beautiful statement earring. This is your chance to go big -- literally. We suggest reaching for something larger than you may normally wear so that the earrings you choose will actually be visible against your winter jewelry accessories. Large earrings will also keep the attention closer to your face, letting your hat and scarf simply frame the picture.
There are two statement earring looks we adore for this time of year. The first is something like a woolen beanie and light cashmere scarf that are within the same color pallet but not matching, paired with a beautiful earring that is outfitted with colorful gems and stones. You can go for something long and dripping in stones or a chunkier, shorter look with studs. Either way, for a more neutral look, keep the colors within the same family. But if you dare to go a bit bolder, choose something from the opposite side of the color wheel to really enhance the look, like these Monica Vinader x Caroline Issa stone earrings, which you could easily pair with a blue hat and scarf, yet totally contrast with those chatruce, clementine and peach-toned stones.
Another chic look is a wide-brimmed, woolen felt fedora with a draped scarf that slings from the front to the back over your coat. This look is quite popular right now, but you can put your own spin on it by choosing nice chunky, gold hoops this Winter. Instead of something typical and slick, choose hoops that are asymmetrical, like these artistic and modern Cano x Paula Mendoza flat gold hoops. If you want something a bit more refined, reach for earrings like these triple thread, gold, Jennifer Fisher earrings. They still give you that beautiful body that will pop against your hair and hat, but with these elegantly thin lines.
Stack up underneath your gloves
If you insist on covering up to avoid frost-bite, you can still pull off a chic jewelry look by stacking rings under your gloves, or why not put a huge statement cocktail ring on top of them!