We've already dissected many of the major trends from the fall/winter 2023 runways, but as the upcoming season is approaching, we're looking at what is next in fashion at a more granular level. I'm diving deeper into the accessories that are set to be big for fall. As we've already covered the handbag to boot trends to know, I'm taking a closer look at what is unfolding for jewelry.
The runways are predicting that some trends, including bold metal statement earrings, will be continuing their momentum in the fashion space. Other trends such as directional brooches and "can't look away from them" crystal designs feel fresh for the new season, and fiery-red pieces align with the bigger themes we're seeing on the horizon for fall. Here are the fall jewelry trends to know for 2023 and the pieces to shop now to test-drive them ahead of the new season.
Big and Bold Metal Earrings
In 2023, pieces like Bottega Veneta's Drop Earrings have risen to cult status. In fact, this specific piece may have laid the groundwork for the big and bold metal earrings that have already been huge this year and are about to get even bigger. On the fall/winter 2023 runways, brands such as Versace, Schiaparelli, and Ferragamo showcased the statement-making earrings in their collections—proof that the trend is just getting started.
Color of the Season: Red
All signs point to the fact that red will be the defining color of the fall 2023 season. In the realm of ready-to-wear, fiery-red pieces permeated collections of brands such as The Row and Loewe. The color will, however, extend far beyond ready-to-wear, and the evidence is showing that red will take over jewelry as well. On the runways, designers often styled bold red jewelry with all-black looks—a styling trick that will make it easy to adopt the colorful jewelry into your wardrobe, even if you don't wear much color.
Crystals on Crystals
The messaging from the runways is clear: Crystals are going to be big for fall. Not only did we see crystals, but we also saw high-impact, clustered versions that feel primed for eveningwear looks. But the striking pieces aren't just for the nighttime, which Brandon Maxwell proved with a look that paired a strapless peplum top with wide-cut denim shorts and crystal earrings and cuff bracelets.
A brooch doesn't often resonate as "cool," but the runways are reframing how to think about the jewelry item. At Coperni, a silver hand-shaped brooch adorned everything from T-shirts to dresses, while a draped brooch was pinned to a sleeveless turtleneck at Gucci—looks that are primed for the best dressed people on the street style scene.
Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.