For many, summertime strikes up memories of childhood days spent by the pool with puka shells strung around their necks, anklets jingling lightly around bare feet and friends showing off the latest addition to their charm bracelets… Ah, the '90s. Fast-forward to living as a fashion girl in New York City and there’s not a pool in sight but puka shells? They’re everywhere—here, as well as London—as '90s jewellery trends are about to be hotter than Manhattan (and Shoreditch) in August.
Though many vintage trends induce great divides—you either love 'em or hate 'em—there’s no denying that the kitschy, playful vibes of this particular decade lend themselves perfectly to summer. This season, anything that jingles or dangles while making a bright, colourful statement is what we're after. From anklets to chokers, the '90s are calling, and we’re picking up.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up the eight jewellery trends that have made their way out of the '90s and into 2019, and shown you ways to wear them everywhere from the beach to the city. Before you raid your childhood jewellery box, scroll ahead to learn about the modern twist on each trend, how fashion girls are styling them, and our favourite versions for summer.
Previously a kitschy memento brought back from a holiday in Mallorca, the upgraded shell trend has crept into the fashion girls' wardrobes in the form of necklaces, anklets and more. Nothing screams summer more than jewellery inspired by the beach, with gold settings making them feel deliciously luxe. From delicate tulip shells to petite cowries, this trend has staying power.
The perfect addition to a bikini or a blazer.
Add this to your stack of gold necklaces for the perfect touch.
Wear this to make city life feel like beach life all year round.
The sartorial world has once more given anklets their due with the trend seen across the entire S/S 19 runways, from Chloé to Givenchy. Once worn with jelly sandals or flip-flops, anklets are now being easily styled with heels, loafers or even over your ankle-strap sandals for a cool layered look. We predict they’re about to be all over the Instagram scene.
How cute would this look with a rainbow pedicure to match?
The updated version of the friendship bracelet.
Perfect if you’re looking for something light and dainty.
Delicate but not stuffy, the pearls of 2019 are being given a modern twist with fun beading, gold chains and big hoops, making them the perfect playful touch to a slip dress or an open-collared shirt. These are not the pearls your grandmother wore; they’re back with a fun, colourful splash.
Simple and elegant.
Style this with a cool T-shirt layered with other necklaces.
Proving that pearls are for everyone.
Charms are officially back and designers are jumping on the bandwagon faster than you can say Juicy Couture. Between your initials and the Eiffel Tower, there’s nothing like charms to let everyone know who you are and where you’ve been.
Tiny joys indeed (just watch out for the shipping cost to the UK).
Never mind eye candy; we’re all about ear candy.
Shells and charms mean two trends for the price of one!
Fruit is no longer just for a platter but perfect for adorning your ears and necks. This trend pairs well with heart-shaped sunglasses and an ice cream cone, bringing back your inner child or inspiring the feeling of walking through your local farmers market.
These earrings scream summer and fun in the sun.
This inspires the same joyous feeling as a fresh fruit salad on a hot summer day.
Pair this with a cherry lollipop to match.
As cool as your edgy, black tattoo choker was in secondary school, the revamped choker is bright, beaded and better than ever. Rather than tight against your neck, try wearing a choker over your collar for a true fashion-girl look.
True to its name, this choker inspires images of lounging on a Greek island over the summer.
The choker that middle school dreams are made of.
It's all in the name. This choker is a party.
Much like the charm bracelet, this '90s trend is very much about showing who you are to the world, and isn’t that what jewellery is all about? Why not take that literally and wear your own name (or your S.O.'s à la Aimee Song) in a beautifully personalised dainty necklace or earring.
When you want your name to be front and center.
Amid the transparent sandals and sheer blouses is another clear trend this season: Lucite jewelry. Offered in a range of transparent to pastel colourways, this accessory is emerging as one of the fashion set’s favourites. Wear lucite hoops or bangles at your wrist and up on your arm for the perfect addition to your bikini and sun hat.
Who said lucite had to be totally transparent?
Wear this high up on your arm for a cool beachy look.
Three is better than one.