How to Make Summery Jewelry Work for Fall

It’s one of my favorite times of year—everything’s on sale, and the racks are full of summer steals that can masquerade as fall attire with a little thoughtful styling. Also, the occasional lightweight cashmere sweater or cool-weather jacket can turn up here, and that’s the big score—these pieces are good for the crisp mornings and evenings that are coming our way.

This year, the racks have been virtual for me, but below, I’ve managed to unearth some great transitional fashion to help prolong your summer jewelry joy for several more weeks. (My personal goal is to make coral and turquoise jewelry an all-seasons essential.)

The challenge was to curate looks that feel appropriate for the way we live now: We’re working remotely and very possibly juggling childcare or an online learning situation at the same time. We’re sleeping in the same outfits we cook dinner and run errands in. We’re meeting people for coffee or drinks at makeshift sidewalk cafés, and as the weather gets cooler, chic outerwear will become very important in such settings. And, of course, there will be masks. Lots of them.

Here are a few ideas to show you the possibilities.


It’s Labor Day for every day. Add layers and accessories when it starts to feel like fall.

Elizabeth Moore fashion vignette
Rag & Bone T-shirt, $59.99; Barbour quilted vest, $149.99; and Tod’s slip-on sneaker, $249.99, all Saks Off 5th. Kingman turquoise Star cocktail ring in 18k gold, $3,700; sapphire beaded bracelet with diamond-accented 14k gold star, $425; coral bracelet with diamond-accented 14k gold star, $425; rainbow sapphire beaded bracelet with blue sapphire in 14k gold, $425; and lapis lazuli diamond star pendant in 14k gold, $1,775, all Elizabeth Moore. Meander hat, $274.65, NDLQ Millinery.


With Kermit-green jewels, you’re Zoom call ready in this top, even with (likely wrinkled) linen pants. No one has to know you’re wearing slippers under your desk or that you haven’t washed your hair in awhile—hence the turban.

Melissa Kaye fashion vignette
Missoni turban, $382; Brunello Cucinelli pants, $442; Emilio Pucci sweater, $308; Australia Luxe Collective slippers, $84, all Lola ring with diamonds in green enamel and 18k gold, $2,850; Zea diamond band with green enamel in 18k gold, $1,850; large Cristina earrings with diamonds in green enamel and 18k gold, $4,950; all Melissa Kaye.


Firepits and heat lamps are in your future. You can wear the tank dress (OK, fine, it’s a nightgown) at home from morning till evening, then throw on the boots and jewelry when you go out. Drape the coat over your shoulders when the sun goes down.

Nina Nguyen fashion vignette
Mekong station necklace with moonstone in blackened silver, $450; reversible huggie hoops with turquoise and black spinel in silver, $350; Angel Wings earring charms with black tourmalated quartz and diamonds in silver, $395; Mekong marquise ring with moonstone and diamonds in blackened silver and gold bezel, $1,200; and Friendly Heritage wrap bracelet with turquoise beads (shown with labradorite, drusy, and moonstone charms) in silver, $395, all Nina Nguyen Designs. Suede mirror hill ankle booties, $594, Gianvito Rossi, Neiman Marcus Last Call; faux fur hooded coat, $110, Anna Cai,; Narissa knit tank dress, price on request, Skin.


Top: The necklace says, “Take me to the beach,” and the coat says, “One pumpkin spice latte, please.” Victoria Beckham belted coat, $298,; Infinity necklace with lapis in 14k gold, $1,450, Elizabeth Moore.

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Amy Elliott

JCK Contributing Editor

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