’90s Jewelry Trends Inspired by Chanel and Versace


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Say goodbye to dainty, barely there jewelry, because the next big thing in baubles is exactly that: Big. Like every other cyclical fashion trend (see: the Princess Di biker shorts revival, our current obsession with square-toe shoes, and those tiny Matrix sunglasses we already regret), we’re seeing the return of a nineties trend that has nothing to do with mom jeans or an overused comparison to Caroline Bessette-Kennedy.

Maximalism is back, baby. It’s time to layer on chintzy costume jewelry like you raided your mom’s jewelry box while she was at work. If your neck isn’t sore, you’re not doing enough.

Chanel and Versace ruled the early nineties with a brash aesthetic that declared more really was more. We’re talking about garish prints, tweed bras with matching mini skirts, and the pièces de résistance (plural), heavy strands of gold chains and charms. On the Fall 2019 runways, the very same designers are revived the trend with vintage-inspired accessories. Last year, Cardi B took a cue from Linda Evangalista and wore pounds of gilded necklaces, bracelets, and belts for a performance. There’s also Missy Elliot, who tamed down the look (as much as you can with this trend) with medallion charms.

Versace Spring-Summer 1992 Fashion Show

Repeat this exact look for the gram, courtesy of Versace’s Spring-Summer 1992 runway.

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Left: Naomi Campell walking the Versace runway in 1992. Right: Adut Akech walking for the same designer in 2019.

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Look to Mejuri’s affordable new collection of twisted silhouettes for a subtle way to test the look. If you want to go hard, reach for textured metals, heavy curb-link chains, and baroque molds with candy colored gems that look as if they belong to a spoiled king who likes to behead his wives.

Justine Carreon is the market editor at ELLE.com covering fashion, Dutch ovens, and fashion again.