As a jewelry aficionado, I'm never not in the mood to add a new piece to my collection and while my earrings and rings are near-permanent fixtures, necklaces are where I love to play around and experiment. If I'm wearing something low-key, I'll adorn it with a dainty chain while my power outfits call for something more statement-making. But no matter what, I'm never without a great necklace (or two or three, to be honest). And seeing as everyone else is thinking about dressing from the waist up thanks to Zoom life, I've been spotting a number of exciting new necklace trends already in 2021.
So what are the stunning necklaces you can expect to see more of this year? From extra-large link necklaces to throwback charm pendants, there are plenty I have my eye on right now. Here, see the six cool necklace trends the fashion set is embracing and shop my edit to update your jewelry collection.
1. Large Links
Another year, another chain link necklace. The fashion world can't get enough of these tough links (nor can I) and the latest iteration comes in an extra-large size that makes such a stylish statement.
2. Lovely Lariats
I was surprised to see a resurgence of lariat necklaces lately because they're a style that hasn't been in the spotlight for a minute. But lo and behold, 2021 is the year lariats are getting a chic upgrade. Instead of the dainty chains of the past, these feature bold chains and pretty beads for a wholly fresh take.
3. New Nostalgia
Who doesn't love a good throwback trend? I don't know about you, but this array of kitschy beads featuring smiley faces, yin yangs, hearts, and fruit are bringing me back to the late '90s and early '00s era in the best ways possible.
4. Heavenly Herringbone
I always keep several classic gold chains in my jewelry box as a simple addition to any look. Right now, it's these sophisticated herringbone chains that are grabbing my attention. They look just as good stacked or worn solo and, best of all, happen to look expensive no matter what you really spend on one.
5. Mad for Malachite
We've named malachite as an overarching jewelry trend to watch out for this year, but I'd like to point out the number of stunning necklaces, in particular, that feature the rich emerald-colored stone.
6. Charm School
Okay, one more throwback trend because I genuinely couldn't ignore this one. Charm necklaces (yep, remember those?) are all grown-up with a chic new look. Think gold chains with coordinating pearl, stone, and letter pendants. Mix and match these with your other gold chains for a pop of color.