If 2018 Could Be Summed Up in One Trend, It'd Probably Be This One

There was a time not so long ago when too much bling was considered a big fashion no-no. But that was then and this is now, and this season crystals are officially trending. From subtle, jewel-embellished slingback heels to standout shoulder bags covered in rainbow gems—designers have been experimenting with the sparkly stuff and adding crystals to virtually every piece in their collections.

The easiest way to wear the trend? Start from your feet and work your way up; look to a pair or embellished satin kitten heels to update your go-to denim; then add earrings or a chic hair clip. To avoid overload, always stick to a maximum of two crystal pieces per outfit. So whether you're a minimalist looking to dip your toe in or a maximalist thrilled that retailers are finally catering to your biggest vice, let us introduce you to the chicest crystal buys to wear right now. See who's wearing them and shop our edit of the best buys around, below.

Crystal Fashion Trend: Chiara Ferragni wearing a crystal jumper


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Style Notes: Swap your off-duty sweatshirt, tee, or dress for something glitzy and covered in crystals.

Style Notes: Whether your button-down shirt is plain, checked, oversized, or denim, it'll feel instantly chic when teamed with a pair of giant crystal earrings.

Style Notes: What's better than a pair of bright yellow Manolo Blahnik mules? A pair topped with crystals, of course. Offset yours with a pair of checked trousers.

Style Notes: Hanna Stefansson is one of many influencers making us rethink chunky jewels for daytime.

Style Notes: You've got Roxanne Assoulin to thank for the current crystal-bracelet trend. Wear one or stack them up high—these are guaranteed to give any outfit a boost.

 Style Notes: Every wardrobe needs a perfect pair of party heels, and according to Instagram, your new-season style should come complete with a scattering of crystals.

Style Notes: Extend the trend to your sunglasses collection and dare to wear crystal topped cat-eye sunnies with floaty dresses and sneakers now, and chunky knits and coats later.

Style Notes: If you're in a maximalist mood, take your cue from this street styler and slip into an embellished skirt. Don't overload on accessories to let your skirt take center stage.

Key Buys

Wear one or wear them all—this is the simplest way to try the trend.

Crystal buttons make this faux fur coat feel ultra-fancy.

Nod to the trend and slip into a crystal sweatshirt.

We can always rely on Zara for statement earrings.

No one will believe this pretty embellished hair band is high street.

Chic, pointed, a wearable heel and plenty of crystals? Dreamy.

A winning style for wedding season, don't you think?

So what are you waiting for? These sparkly pieces aren't going to buy (or wear) themselves.

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