8 Outdated Jewelry Trends We're Phasing Out

outdated jewelry trends fall 2021



Ready for a fresh batch of jewelry staples? As we settle into the last quarter of 2021, it's only natural that we sit down to discuss the upcoming styles that will dominate for the season ahead and into next year. Even though jewelry items tend to have a much longer shelf life than seasonal clothing trends, they do also go through style cycles, which is why we're about to highlight the outdated jewelry trends for fall 2021 and, consequently, which ones we're replacing them with.

We think you'll agree with us when we say that pieces like dainty rings no longer feel like the freshest options and that others like creative pearls and chunky chains are only heating up. Of course, these are simply our opinions based on what we've been noticing in the fashion world, and you should always feel free to accessorize how you please. But if you're looking for some guidance for your next jewelry-box audit or are simply curious to see which trends are hitting their expiration dates, look no further than the eight jewelry trends below that we're phasing out and the pieces that are replacing them.

Phasing Out: Delicate Rings

Excited About: Chunky Rings



"There was a point several years ago when the only rings I knew were barely-there dainty styles that I would stack up on nearly every finger. Fast-forward to 2021, I'm in a full-blown relationship with chunkier styles. You only need one or two to make an impact, and to me, they feel so modern." — Anna LaPlaca, editor

Phasing Out: Camp-Inspired Jewelry

Excited About: Timeless Classics

"Quarantine had me feeling extra crafty, so I got a bit too into the DIY jewelry trend. I'll be phasing out the camp-inspired necklaces and bracelets I've amassed in favor of some more timeless pieces. Right now, I'm particularly into funky-shaped stones and simple gold necklaces, and of course, I have my eye on a classic tennis bracelet." — Drew Elovitz, director of content strategy and senior managing editor

Phasing Out: Ear Cuffs

Excited About: Unusual Pearl Earrings



"There was a time when I was all about ear cuffs, and there are certainly some chic ones out there, but I prefer real piercings, which I've gained a few more of over the past several years. The trend that I can't get enough of is unusual, sculptural pearl earrings. They make whatever you're wearing so much more interesting, in my opinion." — Allyson Payer, senior editor

Phasing Out: Rainbow Stones

Excited About: Simpler Tones



"I feel like rainbow jewelry had a big phase, and while I'm not totally over the pieces I do have, I probably won't be adding anything else to my collection for now. Instead, I'm into simpler pieces in classic tones." — Nicole Eshaghpour, senior market editor

Phasing Out: Drop Earrings

Excited About: Unconventional Hoops

"There was definitely a time when dangly earrings were all I wanted to buy, but now, I hardly wear them. My sights as of late have been on more sculptural and unconventional hoops—they're just the thing to wear with a simple turtleneck or sweater." — Indya Brown, market editor

Phasing Out: Gold Jewelry

Excited About: Silver Jewelry

"While I tend to wear gold jewelry more than any other metal (and will never truly retire it from my wardrobe), I've been gravitating toward silver pieces more than ever right now." — Kristen Nichols, senior editor



"I love heavily saturated jewelry, and my bright-hued rings or necklaces will always have a place for specific outfits, but I've really been gravitating toward clear jewelry made with resin, glass, or lucite. It gives a unique touch that's different than plain gold jewelry, and the best part is that it goes with any outfit, so it has more cost per wear." — Yusra Siddiqui, assistant market editor

Phasing Out: Nameplate Jewelry

Excited About: Birthstone Jewelry

"I'm personally not super into nameplate jewelry at the moment because I like more subtle ways to personalize jewelry. One way to do that is by investing in birthstone jewelry, which is a less obvious symbol, so it feels more like your own little secret. It also makes a very thoughtful and classic present. My birth month is September, so I love pretty sapphire pieces." — Erin Fitzpatrick, senior news editor