When it comes to this year’s accessories, it’s all about small details and functionality. We want personalized jewelry to express ourselves over Zoom. We want necklaces that double as holders for our masks and sunglasses, and we want earrings that are subtle and dainty. We want headbands to quickly style our hair and crossbody bags that free up our hands! Finally, when it comes to beauty, we realize that less truly is more.
In the 2021 Spring & Summer Shoe Styles post, I told you to keep an eye out for blues, rose gold, and newer neutrals like blush. This holds true for accessories too! A few other color trends you’ll want to know:
- Brightly colored crossbody bags (especially yellow)!
- Gold is the metal of the moment! Watch for gold earrings and necklaces
- Soft pink nail polish
Textures and Patterns
- Chains – look for crossbody purses with large chain links!
- Blue Gingham (This trend is so big, it’s getting its own post in a couple of weeks!)
- Crossbody bags with a stripe on the strap
- Textured earrings
- Animal print or snakeskin print belts
Long necklaces are replacing shorter choker necklaces this year. Lariat necklaces are also big! I love this style because it’s easy to adjust your necklace to your preferred length. Use these to spice up a plain shirt, or pair them perfectly with a tiered dress – arguably the hottest style trend of 2021!
Gold Hoops and Pearl Drop Earrings
For earrings this year, keep them dainty and pretty to compliment your brightly colored wardrobe! Simple is better, so think smaller hoops (sometimes called “Huggies”) and drop earrings. Or, check out these convertible earrings to make the best of both worlds! Earrings with small flowers add just the right touch of spring. Also, rose quartz is trending, and gold is beginning to replace silver. We saw pearl jewelry hit the scene last spring, but this year, brands are going all-in on the trend! Case in point, check out the stunning pearl jewelry collection at J.Crew! Classic pearls will never go out of style, but in general, you’ll see more freshwater pearls available right now. If you prefer classic pearls, look for pearl cluster earrings.
“Statement earrings” are pretty much finished making their statement! Think smaller and feminine.
Chain Link Jewelry
Chain link is everywhere! You’ll see it used on handbags, on necklaces, and on bracelets galore. This is an easy trend to incorporate into your existing wardrobe and it will give you an instant update!
Beach Beads are so fun and perfect for…well… a beachy summer vibe! Sometimes they’re colorful, or sometimes they’re just gold or neutral, but they always come with a name or inspirational message. These are a huge trend this year. Choose one with a sweet message, or get creative and make your own.
Stack these to make a big style statement!
Flower Month Jewelry
We all love our birthstone jewels, but have you heard of flower month jewelry? It is one of the most trending searches on Etsy right now, and people are raving about them in the comments!
Single initial necklaces are everywhere you look this spring. From high-end to really inexpensive, there’s one in everyone’s price range.
Personalized Apple Watch Bands
Apple Watch bands are one of those universal trends that everyone loves! With the trend toward personalization this year, a big trend is monogrammed Apple Watch bands. I think they’re adorable!
Quilted shoes are huge this season and so are quilted handbags! The bag that started the entire trend? I guarantee you will see these all over the place! Other popular styles include quilted backpacks and totes.
I’m a huge fan of crossbody bags because I love to have my hands free. Especially with whipping a mask on and off these days, the last thing we need to worry about is carrying a purse! I don’t know about you, but I plan to be on the GO this year, and I’m ready to have easy access to my purse. Keep your eye open for spring florals and woven bags!
Reversible Tote Bags
Talk about wanting to make things easier on ourselves in 2021…reversible tote bags are SO handy! This tote went viral and sold out fast, but is thankfully back in stock with 1.7K amazing reviews! It’s perfect for vacation so you don’t have to bring multiple purses to coordinate with your outfits. Also, you might want to look for spring florals and woven patterns that give the option of a fun design on the reverse side!
Knotted and Braided Headbands
The knot on top is elongating, meaning it will give the optical illusion of drawing the eye up—making you look taller and slimmer!
Are you ready to swap your blue light glasses for some sunglasses!? This year’s sunglasses trends include classic frames with a modern twist. Think cat eye, but a little more subtle. Lightly tinted gradient lenses are hot, especially pink ones! And, of course, everyone’s favorite 70’s tribute, the good old aviator. Go for mirrored lenses if you’re feelin’ trendy!