From Link Chains to Heart Pendants: 5 Necklace Trends Taking Over This Year


By now, it's obvious that we live for a trend recap, and today, we're digging into the necklaces gaining momentum at the top of the year. Less than a full month into 2022, a whirlwind of styles has already graced the necks (and feeds) of It girls across the globe. And while jewelry trends don't cycle as rapidly as their clothing counterparts, we've still noticed a few, in particular, falling into favor.

Among them, pearls have made a strong comeback—this time shedding their stuffy, prim veneer for a cool, abstract twist of amorphous shapes and vivid color. Also due for their shine this season? Statement link chains and one of our personal favorites, nameplate necklaces. There are a few more where that came from, so keep scrolling to check out all the styles we predict will be huge.

Abstract Pearl Necklaces


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Pearls have never really faded out, and over the past few years, we've seen several iterations of them. The take that's getting our attention? Abstract pearls in irregular shapes and colors that shed their prim and proper image. 

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Heart Pendants


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Heart pendants ruled the early aughts, so get ready for another time warp. Heart-embellished necklaces are a trend that's making a steady comeback, popping up among designers such as Laura Lombardi, Alexander McQueen, and Vetements. 

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Does this trend ever really die? If my nameplate necklace from 2002 is any indication, that answer is no. If you haven't yet got in on personalized necklaces, now's the time to buy into the trend at the top of the year. From gothic-script nameplates to double-plated versions, there are so many ways to style it for yourself. 

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Tennis Necklaces


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If you want to look expensive, buy a tennis necklace. Simple and elegant, it's an eternal classic for a reason. But for all its timeless appeal, we've noticed the style bubbling up everywhere among the fashion set. Instead of reserving it strictly for black-tie occasions, style it with your favorite casual pieces like a simple crew-neck sweater or tank top for a new twist.

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Included in the fashion-person starter pack is the chunky-link necklace. It shows up in virtually every great outfit photo that's on our feeds, and with a piece this versatile, it's not hard to understand why. While a statement alone, it can easily be mixed and layered with your favorite delicate pendants (or nameplate!). The key is to go bold with chunky, large links in simple or elaborate arrangements. 

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Fashion Market Editor

Indya Brown is a fashion editor, stylist, and writer living in Los Angeles. While going to school at Columbia University in New York City, she got her feet wet in the fashion industry interning at Elle magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and New York magazine's The Cut. After graduating in 2016, she joined The Cut as a fashion assistant, eventually working her way up to fashion editor. There, she worked on a multitude of projects, including styling inbook feature stories for New York magazine's print issue, writing and pitching market stories for The Cut, and serving as fashion lead for The Cut's branded content. While New York has been her home for over 10 years, she moved to Los Angeles in the midst of the pandemic in 2020 for a new chapter. Now she is a fashion market editor for Who What Wear, focusing on emerging designers, rising trends on and off the internet, interior design, and BIPOC creatives and brands. Aside from her duties as a fashion market editor, Brown is also a freelance stylist and writer, working on national print and video commercial campaigns for Sephora, The Independent, and Cadillac. Her bylines also include Harper's Bazaar, Vox, and The New York Times. But once the computer goes down and the emails turn off, she's likely eating her way through Koreatown, hunting down vintage furniture, scoping out new outrageous nail designs to try, or taking a hot cycling class.