What to wear right now: statement earrings
Statement earrings are the easiest to make a simple outfit extraordinary. And, even though I would always include standout sparklers as part of my signature look, I have to confess that the multiple ear piercing arrangement, has led to a temporary shunning of the shoulder-grazers. But, not anymore. Bringing on the bling is exactly what is needed, right now. January is the perfect time to whoop things up. I’ve rediscovered my fondness for chandelier earrings.
As with style, jewellery is personal. What matters most is that the item is something you love. The sculptural earrings in the picture are from J. Crew (borrowed for a shoot last year and then returned). Jewellery doesn’t have to cost a fortune: most of mine is cheap and cheerful and of the costume variety. I have a few silver bits and pieces – bracelets, hoop earrings and one, long handmade pendant necklace – most of which needs polishing, when I get round to buying some more silver cleaner. But it’s a pair of old diamanté, dangly earrings that get the most compliments. The posts are bent and the backs are tarnished, but the sparkly, uplifting effect is still the same. These statement earrings are so old I can’t remember where they’re from, but I do know they’re high street, very ‘me’ and the perfect way to temper a blazer or mannish shirt.
For reasonably priced statement styles try Mango. And Bauble Bar’s earrings are flamboyant and fun, but definitely not fun-sized (available at Nordstrom, Selfridges and shopbop). Go to Toolally for lightweight, acrylic earrings that don’t drag on the lobes (now sold at John Lewis and some designs are available as clip-ons). I’m also enjoying Spanish label Paloma Wool’s selection at Liberty. And the pair of Star Spinner earrings from Tory Burch (above) has caught my eye, quite like the idea of wearing stars in my ears.
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