6 Wedding Jewelry Trends From Fall 2017 Bridal Fashion Week
The biannual bridal shows don't just give us a sneak peek at the gowns brides will be wearing in the months to come—they also give us ideas for the latest ways to accessorize them. Below, check out the hottest new jewelry and accessory trends, straight from the runways.
The Shoulder Duster Earring
Chandeliers are a classic choice, but this season we were swept off our feet by their bigger, bolder counterparts: the shoulder duster earring. These very long statement danglers that brush the clavicles work magic to frame the face and draw the eye upward. Wear a more rounded pair to accessorize an A-line gown, as seen at Naeem Khan and Vera Wang, or go for a more angular style to top off a column dress, like this one at Costarellos.
The Forehead Band
Skipping the veil? Try the forehead band. This dramatic style that rests closer to the hairline than the traditional headband caught our attention at Francesca Miranda, Anne Barge and Claire Pettibone for so many reasons: It holds strands off the face, works well with strong makeup (dark lip, anyone?) and—most important—creates a regal vibe, no tiara necessary.
The Cocktail Ring
And the bride wore a...cocktail ring. The large evening baubles were back and grander than ever. Not one, but three colorful gems spanned three fingers for a gutsier take on the style at Jim Hjelm; an oversize dome ring glittered at Oscar de la Renta; and a wide red band popped out at Yolan Cris. Consider your own take on the trend if you're wearing a gown with loads of surface interest—think: ornate embroidery or dimensional lace. A cocktail ring will accent the dress without overdoing it.
Nothing walks that fine line between demure and va-va-voom like a choker. We started seeing the short necklace again on the ready-to-wear catwalks and now it's appearing on the bridal runways as well. The wider version, like those at Rivini and Sareh Nouri, should be your go-to if you're wearing a strapless dress or a gown with a plunging neckline, while a smaller chain, like the choker at Hayley Paige, balances a more voluminous look like this layered tulle ball gown.
The Hoop Earring
The bigger, the better. That was the message at Berta, Houghton and Naeem Khan where we saw a return to hoop earrings. While they may not seem bridal at first look, the slim—and very modern—style can give a more traditional dress a bit of edge. And because hoops are so unexpected on the aisle, they'll give it a double dose of personality too.
The Delicate Touch
Not every accessory needs to make a big statement. Case in point, these dainty pieces: a pretty diamond pendant at Theia, a small earring at Lihi Hod and a barely there bracelet at Willowby by Watters. They each made a subtle but lasting impression, while adding to the easy, youthful vibe of these flowing dresses. Bonus: After your wedding day, you can wear this kind of delicate jewelry every day.