If you’ve been wearing the same outfits over and over again during video calls (or shall we say the same top?), might we suggest upgrading your looks by frosting yourself with accessories?
This season’s offerings are whimsical, otherwordly versions of familiar designs, and you probably have most of them stocked up in your jewelry box already. The pieces take inspiration from various decades, including the '70s and the '80s, resulting in a solid lineup of big and bold hardware to adorn yourself with.
Here, we’ve picked out the most wearable trends that will fit right at home and stand out the next time you need to have some face-to-face screen time with someone.
1. Mismatched earrings
Nix your simple studs in favor of asymmetric earrings that will have your co-workers wondering if you got up on the wrong side of the bed. It’s the earring du jour, you tell them, and so you flip your hair to reveal those golden shoulder-dusting earrings à la Alexander McQueen or clavicle-grazing baubles à la OFF-WHITE and Ulla Johnson.
2. Pearl earrings
It’s time to whip out those pearl earrings your mom used to make you wear, but instead, mix and match various shapes, sizes, and lengths—like at Jason Wu—for an eccentric look that’s au courant. Your grandmother might just try it out herself when she sees you during your next family video conference.
3. Thick chain choker
Remember when gold chain chokers were a thing back in 2012? Well, the piece has been reborn this season, and it seems like silver is the hot hardware to wear right now, as seen on Bottega Veneta. If silver isn’t up your alley though, you could also try chains made of different materials like acrylic or mother-of-pearl—just take cues from Zimmerman.
4. Floral brooches
If earrings and necklaces are too flashy for you, why don’t you try adorning your clothes instead? This season, fresh florals are the brooches to try. You can easily put them on your button-down’s collar or just above your breast. You can even combine different colors like Chanel’s black, red, and white trio. Or, just stick to one color like Louis Vuitton's dramatic black pieces.
5. Chunky hoops
If you’re like me and you’re obsessed with hoop earrings—especially lavish gold ones—then this trend will weave well into your daily OOTDs. XL-sized, thick hoops were seen on the runways of Proenza Schouler and Dolce & Gabbana, with smaller counterparts in Carolina Herrera. Let these heavyweights shine by paring with neutral-colored clothes.
6. A Single earring
If this season’s chunky earrings are weighing you down, go for its extreme opposite by wearing just one dangling earring—geometric designs as seen in Tibi or keychain-esque clusters as seen in J.W. Anderson will make you look on point, but wearing a single strand is quite pretty, too.
7. Neck scarves
'60s-style neck scarves are making a comeback, but instead of serving as the outfit’s central accent, it’s used to tie (pardon the pun) the look’s already flamboyant flair, as seen in Marc Jacobs and Givenchy. Pull off this trend by opting for bold-colored separates and choose a matching scarf.
8. Wildcard: Eyewear chains and transparent eyewear
While dressing up like Elton John is a proposition we’d say yes to on any given day, it may not be so video call-appropriate, but hey, it’s worth a shot, right? If you’re up for the challenge, this season’s got a slew of '70s-inspired eyewear, from the colored lenses at Victoria Beckham and Fendi, to the eyewear chains at Ralph & Russo and Stella McCartney.