The Silver Jewelry Trend Is Back for 2023
After years spent praising the wonders of gold jewelry, silver jewelry has emerged—or re-emerged—as the prominent metal of late. While gold is and will forever be a classic, if the Fall/Winter 2023 season at New York Fashion Week taught us anything, it’s that fashion is changing. Some of this season’s most popular shows—Proenza Schouler and Tory Burch among them—were also the most wearable. This new season signaled a return to something as opposed to a departure from anywhere, as was the case over the last few seasons with the rise of so-called “dopamine dressing” following months spent in sweatpants and athleisure. This season, I’m not only drawn to more classic articles of clothing, but jewelry too. The silver pieces in my jewelry box—the pieces I’ve had since my teenage years or even before—are the ones I reached for this season, and I wasn’t alone. Silver jewelry has hailed as one of 2023’s biggest jewelry trends, both on the runway and off.
While many of us—myself included—never really left silver behind entirely, both the Spring/Summer 2023 and Fall/Winter 2023 runways proved that silver is the metal to wear for the months ahead. Models donned extra-long drop earrings—another popular silhouette, regardless of metal type—for Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2023 Ready to Wear collection. At Tory Burch that same season, some models wore silver arm cuffs and bracelets to match their exaggerated silver hoop earrings. At Veronica Beard, chunky silver chains were tucked under preppy blazers and collared shirts for Fall/Winter 2023, too.
Silver adornments popped up elsewhere on the runways more recently in New York at the Fall/Winter 2023 presentations: silver diamantes adorned black tulle gloves at Rodarte, oversized diamond-encrusted belts were popular at Kim Shui, and low-slung chain belt options popped up at Dion Lee. The latter also put enlarged silver rings on leather chokers and silver grommets on leather pants for Fall/Winter 2023, playing into the cool ‘70s-influenced energy carried throughout the week as a whole. And while gold was popular at some shows—as it was at Prabal Gurung—it was often shown mixed in with silver pieces, too.
Jenny Bird, the Designer and Creative Director of her namesake jewelry brand, points to “gold fatigue after years of the same boheme necklace layers, stacking rings and mid-size hoops” as the reason silver has returned to prominence lately. Moreover “the minimalist and voluminous high-shine shapes in jewelry that are also trending right now just really suit silver,” she says. “it works with their more elevated appeal.”
It’s true that the silver pieces we’re seeing now are less structured than your traditional gold hoops and bangles. Like the aforementioned armbands at Tory Burch, 2023’s modern silver jewelry has almost a liquid, natural look to it. “Experimental is the new traditional,” Bird tells me over email. “The silver we know from growing up was all in safe—traditional silhouettes, those simple chains, charm bracelets, very basic hoops and high school rings. Silver is now starring in a high fashion role as the finish on art-gallery-worthy pieces that are just as much mini sculptures as they are earrings,” she says.
Ahead, shop the best silver jewelry pieces to wear for the season ahead and beyond from brands like Jenny Bird, Catbird, and more. Plus, keep scrolling for Jenny’s favorite picks, and her take on whether or not you can mix metals.