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WHAT STATEMENT EARRINGS SAY ABOUT YOU

There are some accessories trends that date fast: take flower headbands, for example, now reserved exclusively for Coachella go-ers and boho bridesmaids. But if there’s one trend that isn’t leaving any time soon, it’s the statement earring (and for good reason... let us tell you.) Loading up your lobes can be an outfit game-changer and a refreshing change from a delicate stud or ear-hugging hoops. So why adopt the habit of choosing your earrings first and dressing around them? We introduce the styles to buy into…

THE 70S GLAMAZON

Sure, swerve the 70s voluminous blow dry but take note: diamante dazzlers deserve much more than the disco slot. The way to wear them now? As a means of dressing up an otherwise undone look. Ears were awash with crystal bling at Miu Miu and Isabel Marant for AW17, but find them at a more accessible price point with Zara’s metal mesh earrings look fresh from the 70s.

From Left: Miu Miu, Oscar de La Renta, Isabel Marant 

THE ALL MIXED UP

Re-embrace those sad, single earrings (whose partners you lost in a night of aggressive head banging – or was that just us?!) and curate your own odd combinations. If that seems much too much effort, let designers do the hard work for you. Exude an updated version of your eccentric art teacher with the most quirky pairings and, if you have multiple piercings, try going all asymmetric and layer multiple styles on one ear. Marni has been perfecting this trend for years, but following in their footsteps is a whole host of brands celebrating individuality. See below for reference:From Left: Daniele Villegas, Marni, Percossi Papi

THE GYPSY GIRL 

A simple gold gypsy hoop is a must in every girl’s wardrobe, but if you’re a true bohemian, we’d suggest upgrading to something more extravagant. Truth be told, they have a lot going on, but that doesn’t mean you should banish them to your holiday wardrobe: tassels, beading, charms are a lively splash of exoticism on your ear make a welcome addition whatever the weather. Opt fot Mercedes Salazar’s designs to celebrate her vibrant Colombian culture or go for Katerina Makriyianni’s Kilims Collection fan earrings, inspired by her native Greece. To finish, team with a scraped back low bun and let your ears do the talking.

Also important to mention here is the tassel earring – perfected by Oscar de la Renta many seasons over, but interpreted by Topshop and pretty much everyone else worth their weight in tassels.

From Left: Mercedes Salazar, Rosantica, Etro

THE MINIMALIST

Arguably the most prolific of styles right now, this statement earring is modern architecture for your wardrobe. Hand-finished materials, unique shapes and geometric patterns characterise this style. Go for something wafer thin and preferably in hammered gold, like Annie Costello Brown’s signature styles, or choose a mid- century blend of finishes and shapes à la Dinosaur Designs.  

From Left: Laurence Coste, Isabel Marant,Dinasaur Designs 

THE NOVELTY

Pom poms, bon bons, fruit and birds: just a few suggestions we have for the ways in which you should probably be adorning your ears for maximum fun-factor. And we assure you that if your earrings say ‘lol’ so will you mood. Notable for their size, these jumbo earrings by Simone Rocha give pearls the novelty factor. Shout out to anything crocheted or knitted... in essence, to pairs that look fresh from your 10-year-old dressing up box.From Left: Dolce & Gabbana, Balenciaga, Simone Rocha 

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