Remember a time when it mattered whether you wore shoes to meet a friend for drinks?
Those halcyon days of yore when colleagues cared whether or not you wore trousers to your weekly team meeting?
Those times are, for now at least, a relic of living memory and instead we find ourselves navigating an era in which the sartorial focus is strictly ribs-up.
The result? Not only a top-heavy wardrobe of puffed sleeves and pixellation-friendly prints, but also a renewed focus on our spangle and studs.
This is no time for dainty coin pendants and barely-there huggie hoops, desperate times like these require jewellery that makes you feel powerful; jewellery that reassures your fellow Zoom call participants that you are, in fact, OK. FINE. FANTASTIC EVEN.
This is a time for power bling and ballsy chains.
Read on for some of spring/ summer 2020’s biggest trends.
Just the one
Big earrings with a slick of lippie is a foolproof conference call combo for making even the most anxiety-ridden of souls look put together. Give the look a 2020 refresh by embracing asymmetry, as seen on the runways at JW Anderson and Oscar de la Renta.
The key here is to opt for something sufficiently bold and sculptural so that it’s clear you didn’t leave one on your bedside table. Remember, this earring’s got to do twice the talking.
This crystal-studded starburst shape from Italian jeweller Panconesi should do the trick nicely
If ever there was a decade to channel for powerful vibes, the eighties would have to be high on the list. And after season after season of hoops, oversized cylindrical studs, as seen on the Versace runways, feel like a much-needed refresh. Pair with a power suit (OK who am I kidding, just the blazer) for in the house bored-room chic.
New York label Celeste Starre do some big gold heart studs that tick all the right boxes (£50, shop them here), or alternatively London label ByAlona’s Cindy studs are bang on-the-money.
Pearls were big on the fashion agenda last summer and it would seem they have staying power in 2020, with the runways at pearl queen Simone Rocha and Chanel both sprinkled with pearly creations. This season the trend’s morphed from dainty to daring, with oversized chandelier styles and dangling silhouettes par for the course.
Colourful jewellery was seen all over the spring/summer 2020 runways, from coloured gem stones at Brandon Maxwell to colourful acetate chains at Ports 1961 and multi-coloured beads and glass flowers at Ulla Johnson.
Whether it’s a pair of coloured Lucite hoops from Alison Lou (£85, shop them here) or these marbled acrylic resin statement earrings from Valet Studio, take this era of experimental earrings as your opportunity to ditch the silver and gold in favour of something a little more exciting.
Chunkier than chunky chains
The chunky chain trend continues for 2020 and it’s getting chunkier and chunkier. At Brandon Maxwell vast clunking cables in disco dust silver came swinging about breastplates, while at Zimmerman short golden shackles came adorned with sharks teeth or giant crystal slices. However you choose to sling your links this summer, make sure they’re supersized.
Shell jewellery was the unexpected hit of summer 2018, and this summer it’s set to enjoy a resurgence. From the dainty cockles dangling from colourful beads at Ulla Johnson, to Prada’s unapologetically giant strings of pearly conchs, the spring/summer runways made a hard shell for shells of all shapes and sizes.
Don Prada’s outlandishly sized pearly creation and watch as your fellow Zoomers instinctively pass you the conch.
Cast the associations with prom night and ushers aside, for this is the summer the corsage is set to become cool. Seen in flower form at Victoria Beckham and Louis Vuitton, and via butterfly shapes at Gucci, it’s suddenly in to wear a pin.
Attach this beautiful pink peony from Alessandra Rich on the corner of a cardi or your jacket lapel for a flamboyant vibe even Harry Styles would be proud of.