It’s not always easy to decide what type of jewelry to wear, especially if it’s your big day — and your big look — on the line. Fortunately, fashion experts can forecast upcoming trends in wedding wear from what they see on runways in fall and spring. With a bit of trial and error, you’re sure to be able to find the right piece(s) of jewelry to complete your look.
Want to narrow down your search? Here are 5 of the expected trends for summer weddings.
1. Forehead Bands
Summer weddings often come with, well, summer weather. And, while it’s romantic to consider wearing a full veil, you might find yourself a bit too sweaty beneath a full fabric veil on a sunny summer day.
That’s where a classic forehead band comes in. They certainly drum up some 1920s vibes, but they look great with just about any shape of dress. They’ll also draw attention to your face, just as a normal veil would, without all that excess fabric. Oh, and with a forehead band, you really won’t have to worry about wearing anymore jewelry: the statement piece should be enough to complete any look.
2. Collar Necklace
The statement necklace has its place, but it might not be on your wedding: you want your dress to be the showstopper, right? Instead, a simple neck-grazing collar can give you just enough bling — and draw just enough attention to your face — without stealing the spotlight from your dress. Collars are much more versatile than, say, pendant necklaces, which only go with V-neck dresses: rock your collar with everything from a strapless to the aforementioned V.
3. Shoulder-Grazing Earrings
Again, another one-and-done piece of jewelry: the shoulder-grazing earring. They’re certainly extra-large accessories, but they do more than add a bit of bling to your overall appearance. Long-hanging earrings next to your face accentuate it and make it appear longer, too. You can wear your chandeliers with just about any hairstyle, too, so don’t feel as though you can only wear them with hair tied back.
4. Gems (Yes, Colorful Ones)
You might think that your wedding day look should be, well, white. Perhaps you’ll throw in a colorful pair of shoes or a sassy garter, but the vast majority of the look will likely be pearly.
This year, switch it up, and we’re not just talking about your something blue. Of course, that is a classic wedding jewelry tradition, and you can’t go wrong wearing something special and cerulean. However, this year’s wedding fashion has incorporated jewelry sets with a bit of color. So, rather than wearing pendant earrings with pearls, someone might wear emeralds instead. You might even choose to accessorize with your wedding colors!
5. Cocktail Ring
Surprisingly enough, brides these days have put more than one piece of jewelry on their fingers. All eyes will be on the engagement ring and, eventually, the wedding band. But why not have a little bit of fun with your non-ring finger? One big, eye-catching cocktail ring can set off your entire look. This might be the perfect accessory to try if your dress has lots of embroidery or embellishment: one blingy finger at your waist will be just enough sparkle without overpowering the gown.
Now, Try It on Yourself
This isn’t an exhaustive list of all the wedding trends to look out for this summer. But it’s a great place to start with your search for the perfect jewelry to play up your perfect gown. The best thing about jewelry is that it’s easy to try on, so don’t be shy! Slip on necklaces, hold up earrings to your lobes and slide bracelets onto your wrists until you find the perfect look for you.
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.