June 21, 2021News
When we think of jewellery, it’s usually chunky necklaces and Liz Taylor worthy jewels that jump to mind. With fashion taking a more laidback approach (hello, athleisure!), it’s no surprise that the same thing is happening within the jewellery industry. With everyone working from home and spending more time watching Netflix than sipping on cocktails, jewellery trends are changing to more wearable, dainty, everyday pieces. If there’s one jewellery staple that stands out as the post-pandemic must-have, it’s earrings.
If we think back to a few years ago, all the attention was on your ‘arm candy’. The stack of bracelets that you can customise to fit your aesthetic. With multiple ear piercing becoming more common, the stacking trend has found its way to our ears. With a little manoeuvring and a few extra piercings, you can easily wear half a dozen earrings.
Perhaps what is a little surprising is that jewellery became one of the most popular fashion accessories to purchase during the pandemic. Net-a-Porter and Matchesfashion, two of the largest online luxury retailers, both reported significant jumps in their jewellery sales during the pandemic. The British brand Monica Vindar, a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge’s, has said that earrings have become their best performing category within the company.
There are a few possible explanations. Due to the realities of Zoom, all attention has focused to the top half of our outfits. Gone are the days when your shoes or handbag is the first thing that someone notices about you. Instead, it’s all about your jewellery and shirt combo. By throwing your hair up into a ponytail, you can make sure that everyone on your virtual video call can see your sparkly new purchases.
With the focus on elevated basics and ‘comfortable’ fashion, there’s nothing more laidback than a pair of earrings. While necklaces and bracelets might irritate you and rattle throughout the day, your earrings fly under the radar. Adding a few gold earrings can take your look from day to night. Whether you’re building a capsule closet or investing in luxury pieces that will stay in your closet for a lifetime, earrings are likely to be top of your shopping list.
Jewellery is a unique accessory as it isn’t dominated by the usual trends. It’s all about what matches your aesthetic and what works with your lifestyle. Jewellery has long been considered a form of storytelling, with a focus on heritage pieces that you can pass down to the next generation. Whatever your fashion tastes are, you can be guaranteed that there’s a pair of earrings (or several!) out there waiting for you.
We’re covering the top trending earring styles that all the cool girls are clicking ‘add to cart’ for. Grab a pen and paper, you’ll want to add these to your shopping list.
Is there anything more classic than a pair of hoop earrings? They come in every shape and size, whether you’re a fan of rose gold or loyal to your classic sterling silver. The huggy hoops are coming back into style as a classic no-fuss pair that you can wear with your hair up or down. The style has been given a bit of an update with twists and ruffs that bring the classic silhouette to the next level.
If you want a pair of earrings that you’re guaranteed to get compliments while wearing, look no further than the classic hoops. This style is also perfect if you’re planning on stacking your earrings together by mixing and matching silhouettes.
As a timeless style, you can find classic hoops from every brand and fashion house. Check out Zara for budget-friendly options, and Bottega Veneta for a splurge purchase. If you’re looking for a mid-tier choice, Thomas Sabo offers minimalistic huggy earrings with crystal detailing.
The number one trend in jewellery right now is stacking earrings. While you can mix and match different shapes and sizes, it’s usually a good idea to keep them all within the same metal family – especially if you’re wearing budget friendly options. Thanks to brands like Maria Tash, you can wear as many earrings as you want. Gone are the days when you could only have one piercing – two if you were hipster.
For this trend, you want to focus on adding dimension to your ear by choosing different earrings that can work separately or together as a group. Putting together an earring stack is just like stacking bracelets or rings. It’ll take some trial and error for you to find your perfect combo, but you’ll get you there eventually!
While there’s no hard and fast rules about stacking earrings, it’s a good idea to do a mixture of studs and drop earrings, or huggy hoops. Try to space your earrings out so that they don’t become too cluttered. Whenever you go in for your additional piercing appointments, your technician will usually make a point of asking about your earring preference so they can make sure the holes are far enough apart to accommodate them.
Another way you can approach your earring stacking is to focus on adding dainty and smaller earrings to the top of your ears before making them gradually larger in size until you reach your ear lobe.
Don’t forget – it’s all about personal preference and how you want to style your earrings. Some people think that three earrings is enough for stacking, while others might add seven or eight to their stack. If you’re planning on stacking your earrings, you’ll want to make sure you have some smaller miniature ones to help balance out any larger earring styles that you have in mind.
When you’re stacking your earrings, it’s usually a good idea to avoid ones that are excessively long. A small drop is okay but going too OTT might set your stack off balance.
Another trend we’re seeing amongst jewellery lovers is the support for small, independent, and up-and-coming jewellery designers. While everyone dreams of a Tiffany’s or Cartier piece, fashion followers are still committed to investing in earrings by lesser-known jewellers. As part of this, we have the focus on sculptural earrings. These are the most unique of the bunch, taking their inspiration from the world around us.
No two earrings are alike. They’re both large and in charge – whether it’s oversized hoops or flower inspired studs. Whatever your shape preference is, you can guarantee there is a sculptural earring that matches your aesthetic.
This trend is right up the street of any cool girl. It allows you to show off your personality – whether you’re a fan of architecture or quirky jewellery in general. When you have a pair of structural earrings, you can wear them as a transitional piece to take you from day to night. Throw them in your bag for days when you think you might be heading straight from the office to drinks with girlfriends.
One thing about sculptural earrings is that you’ll usually want to let them take centre stage by themselves. Although, this will depend on your aesthetic and your comfort levels. Unlike bracelets, you’ll notice once you start putting a few too many earrings on your ears at once. As the thinnest skin on your body, you’ll notice right away once you start straining your earrings with too many earrings.
Update your jewellery box with at least one pair of sculptural earrings as a piece of modern and wearable art.
Before you start thinking plastic equals cheap, take a step back. Some of the most popular earrings right now are made using plastic. You can often find designers that are using sustainably recycled plastic for their earrings.
Unlike precious metals, no colour or shape is off limits when your earrings are made using plastic. If you’re looking for colours and quirky patterns that match your personality, you’re more likely to find them in a plastic pair than any other style. Everywhere from Zara to Saint Laurent is offering plastic earrings.
It’s worth noting that most plastic earrings go by the name ‘resin’, instead of using the term plastic. Resin art and jewellery is experiencing a major resurgence. If you take a scroll through Etsy or Instagram, you’ll find thousands of independent brands making resin art. They’re offering everything from keychains to drop earrings and candle holders.
Mainstream designers are increasingly incorporating plastic/resin into their jewellery collections. Their plastic earrings usually come with 14k gold fastenings, so you get the added comfort and security of a metal backing. These aren’t the earrings you would have had as a kid.
If you’re a fan of quirkier styles and prefer to haves something different than the traditional gold hoop earrings, give resin a try.
Which of these earring trends is your favourite? Do you like to splurge on earrings, or do you prefer to go with budget-friendly options? Let us know in the comments below!
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