After a brutal winter in the city, New York summer is finally here! While we're ecstatic to swap the wicked blizzards for some serious sun and staying fashionable in 95-degree weather is nothing short of a challenge. With hot temperatures and high humidity, most of us find ourselves reaching for simpler outfits: less layers, less fabric, less fuss. Our favorite way to stay cool while still looking cool? Incorporating on-trend jewelry into your wardrobe to add a little sizzling sparkle without breaking the bank-- or a sweat. From runways to celebrity street style, we've rounded up some of the hottest jewelry looks for Summer 2018.


Designers across the globe are embracing a floral motif this season. We spotted a gorgeous overarching nature theme on the runways of Chanel and Giambattista Valli, who paired glimmering gold leaves and vibrant upscale flowers with unexpected fashions. Look to Van Cleef, Tiffany's Paper Flowers, Swarovski, and Marni for inspiration. Soft and feminine, but still refined, floral jewelry is an easy way to add beauty into your summer wardrobe. Your daytime shift dress transforms into a stunning look for rooftop happy hour drinks by adding a necklace like this one from Chanel and some brightly colored pumps.

As more and more women start to experiment with multiple piercings, designers are playing with helix, tragus, and other cartilage pieces. Don't let the heat sabotage your style; toss your hair back in a tousled up-do and let your ear candy steal the show. The easiest way to try out this hot trend is to dig into your current jewelry collection and start mixing and matching a few of your earrings. Three simple studs in a row make a big statement, while trendy hoops paired with a few gemstones, or a cartilage cuff creates a more daring look. If you're looking to build up your summer collection, we suggest investing in a combination piece like the one from Jacquie Aiche (top right). A delicate gold chain dripping down from a gold cuff earring adds an alluring appeal to any look, day or night. We also love combining a pair of statement earrings, like some on-trend tassels, with a simple or diamond stud in your cartilage for a subtle sparkle. 


The perfect flirty addition to any summer look, tassel earrings are a popular choice for elevating a basic outfit. Don't sacrifice your individuality in the summer heat, keep your outfits light and easy and let your accessories shine. Pair a breezy sundress, or some denim shorts and a basic tank top with a pair of standout earrings, you can turn up the heat and stay cool at the same time. Take a cue from designers like Versace, Sachin and Babi (middle row) to add tassel earrings for an easy and fun upgrade to your usual daytime style. If you're feeling bold, opt for a pair in a vivid color to radiate confidence. Still unsure about the trend? Try a smaller pair in a neutral color like black, and sport them with your favorite T-shirt and jeans. Tassel earrings embody the lively energy of the season, making them an obvious choice for summer!

With statement pieces flooding the runways, designers are searching for fresh ways to boost the awe-inspiring factor of their designs. Unconventional shapes are decorating ears from Paris to New York, pushing limits and inspiring innovation. Like the cartilage jewelry trend, statement earrings are an easy way to revive your wardrobe and embellish that oh-so-necessary summer up-do. Designers are drawing inspiration from abstract art and presenting complex, over-the-top modern earrings and designs. The impact earring trend was huge on the 2018-2019 runways, gracing the lines of Saint Laurent, Marni and Gucci (bottom row). To take a minimal look from bland to brilliant in a matter of seconds, we recommend keeping your outfit simple and letting statement earrings shine. Look for a pair in a standout material like bronze, or choose one that combines extravagant curves, architectural elements and interesting cutouts. 


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 by Amanda Rigby & Dawn Santos