A standout of the 80s revival, statement earrings have been all the rage since late last year. Featured in TV shows as diverse as Black Mirror’s San Junipero right through to GLOW and Wet Hot American Summer, as well as on the catwalks for the likes of JW Anderson and Kate Spade as a way to tie a look together with a hint of carefree quirkiness.

Where did the trend come from?


H&M earrings. Image via Seen By Sandy

H&M’s tassel style has become known as the budget "it" earring of the summer, spotted on numerous bloggers, celebrities, and stylists and selling out nationwide due to its purse-friendly £8.99 price tag.

Unsurprisingly, the rest of the high street has followed suit and there is now an earring for every style, budget, and occasion.

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What should I be looking out for?

As a very statement trend, there’s no need to invest great swathes of cash in the look, unless of course that you find it to be quite addictive. In order for an earring to turn heads, it needs to be tick some distinctive boxes—a bold colour, an interesting texture, a large size. If your chosen pair fits two or more of these options, you’re on top of the trend.

For unpierced ears, there are plenty of clip-on options available too which may well be more comfortable for extended use—all that adornment can get heavy on your earlobes!

Look for earrings with sturdy backs, and non-tarnishable finishes—costume jewellery can go green easily so protect yours with a thin layer of clear nail varnish to ward-away any unsightly skin staining.

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How should I style this trend?

The perk of a bold earring is that it requires very little styling—you want this accessory to really own all of the attention. Avoid any other headwear and keep your clothing colour palette minimal, steering away from fussy prints or patterns.

Clean, structured cuts (such as blazers, well-tailored dresses, cigarette trousers) are the best friend of the statement earring in terms of achieving that 80s-futurist look for which they were initially intended. If you’re a fan of colour, experiment with colour-blocking the shades that are present in your earrings—it’ll take practice to avoid looking too "matchy-matchy" but the effect can be stunning when worn with confidence.

If you’re looking for something more work-appropriate, you can’t go far wrong with a well-fitted blouse tucked into a pencil skirt, and perhaps a pop of colour in a handbag or pair of shoes. Pop your earrings on just before leaving the office, and you’ll be perfectly dressed up for post-work drinks or dinner with minimal effort required.

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Where can I get the look?

 

Oliver Bonas

Utilizing natural textures and more "grown-up" hues, Oliver Bonas is a great start for those first dipping their toe into oversized jewellery.

Pair with natural fabrics such as linen or lambswool for a truly put-together look this coming autumn—think skinny jeans tucked into boots and paired with a cosy jumper and scarf.

Low-key perfection, with just a hint of something extra.

 

Toolally

An independent Yorkshire brand, Toolally are fast earning a name for themselves thanks to their striking acrylic jewellery, inspired by art deco shapes put through an 80s filter.

Their geometric designs work perfectly with a more colourful outfit palette—pop on a bright coat over a more subdued shift dress or with jeans and a Breton top for a touch of retro-cool.

 

Mango

Looking to anthropology and the human form to inspire their designs, Mango are offering a very different take on the statement earring trend to the rest of the high street.

Their elegant, gilded faces and silhouettes are perfect for a cocktail evening or formal event, providing a talking point without shouting across the room. They also look great on double-pierced ears, paired with simple studs to capitalize on all that glitters.  

 

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