Why we all love statement earrings, again
Lockdown has seen an explosion of creativity and resourcefulness, with businesses nimbly pivoting to adapt. My favourite local pub swiftly re-opened as a grocery store and I thoroughly enjoyed the warm, homespun nature of Grayson Perry’s Art Club on TV. The fashion world is making an effort to get with the programme and get its house(s) in order: the latest cover of Vogue features key workers as opposed to supermodels and influencers, and French designer Simon Porte Jacquemus photographed his summer 2020 campaign on his grandma. How refreshing to see these relaxed, unretouched images of grandma Liline wearing very little makeup, simple clothes and statement earrings. As the restrictions loosen and we rapidly return to business as normal (whatever that maybe), I’m hoping that this democratic approach continues.
Bringing on the bling is exactly what is needed, right now. And, not just for Zoom meetings. I’ve always thought that statement earrings are an easy way to make an everyday outfit extraordinary. Even though my multiple ear piercing arrangement has led me to various combinations of simple silver jewellery and taking a sabbatical from shoulder-grazing styles, I’ve recently reverted to using standout sparklers as part of my signature look. Much like the lockdown lipstick effect, it seems that everyone is reaching for pick-me-ups and small affordable pleasures to ride out the pandemic. Earrings are an easy and inexpensive way to whoop up your wafty summer dresses, brighten up a trip to the supermarket and bring some joy to lockdown life.
And big earrings don’t have to cost a fortune: most of mine are cheap and cheerful and of the costume variety. One pair of old diamanté, dangly earrings – so old I can’t even remember where they’re from – receive the most compliments. The posts are bent and the backs are tarnished but the sparkly, uplifting effect is still the same. For reasonably-priced statement styles on the high street try Mango, Oliver Bonas and H&M. Bauble Bar’s earrings are fun, and definitely not fun-sized (available from Nordstrom and Bloomingdales). For British-made earrings, I like the art-deco acrylic styles at Toolally and the pretty mother of pearl pairs at Wolf & Moon (both available at Trouva). If you want to go big or go home, Dinosaur Designs has some brilliant styles in sculptural shapes and colourful resins. And if you’re feeling flush, Jacquemus joyful ‘Mimosa’ earrings (as worn by the designer’s grandmother above) will add impact to simple ensembles; Maryjane Claverol, Aurelie Bidermann and Roxanne Assoulin are also worth a look (all on Matches and Net-A-Porter). If wearing big, heavy earrings is starting to take its toll, and sagging lobes are an issue – try clip-ons; vintage fairs and shops (when they’re open again), Etsy and ebay are good places to look – or opt for lightweight styles made of resin, acrylic or wood.
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