I remember being in elementary school and going shopping with my cool older sisters at our local mall’s Charming Charlie. Intermixed with the pungent smell of faux leather and the sparkling glitter floors were their immaculate color-coded displays of accessories. Of which, iconic to the 2014 fashion climate, were countless maximalist statement necklaces.
Like any trend from years before, we look back now and cringe at the brightly colored bubble necklaces which were adorned by our favorite lifestyle Youtubers and Pinterest gurus in the early 2010s. But now, after several years of dainty chains and pendants, statement necklaces are making their return.
Thankfully, not in the business-casual style they were in 10 years ago, but in a wacky elementary school art teacher way (I’m saying this as a form of flattery): clunky charms, lots of layering, and mixing metals. In opposition to clean girl and quiet luxury aesthetics, eclectic maximalist jewelry is taking a firm grasp on the fashion society.
But you don’t need to head to New York or California to partake in this eclectic trend. Charm necklaces and custom jewelry can be made simply from supplies available at any craft store. Influencers are sharing online the charms they’ve collected from markets, vintage shops and craft stores to create the jewelry on their own.
Two-toned jewelry collections have risen in popularity this year. Net-a-Porter, a London based luxury fashion retailer, has accredited it as “2023’s jewelry trend to try.” Rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings of all metal types and tones are being styled together.
Individualism through maximalism
These trending jewelry styles fall under the fashion aesthetic of maximalism, which is essentially the idea that more-is-more in opposition