There's one thing that all fashion enthusiasts agree on—that accessories can make an outfit. That's why we're launching a monthly column, Successorise, charting the latest extras that stylish girls will want to know about. From the smart workwear add-ons that could seal the deal in the office to the most of-the-moment tweaks that can spin a basic outfit into a high-fashion trajectory, this is Who What Wear UK's regular guide to the most important accessorising rules to know now.
In the same way that every girl needs a little black dress or a perfect leather jacket, earrings have established a place in a woman's classic repertoire, and we aren't just talking about a simple pair of pearl studs. Few other accessories can have quite the instant impact on your audience: A subtle It bag may only be noticed by those in the know, a pair of bold heels can be tricky to wear 24/7, but a whacking-great pair of earrings? Well, everyone clocks them. They frame your face. They make every boring outfit suddenly feel that little bit brighter. That's why we're celebrating them for this month's Successorise feature.
Keep reading to see the three essential earring trends every well-dressed girl should be armed with—just in case.
1. GOLD HOOPS
Style Notes: On the ears of sassy street style stars or senior execs, there's something about a pair of gold hoops that works so hard for every kind of woman. This season, more than ever, you'll find a vast array of options veering into the more statement gold-hoop arena, but some smaller-scale versions are always worth an investment—they are your day-to-day earrings, without a doubt.
A classic style you'll adore forever.
A small-scale version of the Instagram favourites.
We dream in yellow gold and diamonds… Do you?
Just enough detailing to feel like a seasonal update.
2. NOVELTY EARRINGS
Getty Images; GRAPHIC: Greta Larkins
Style Notes: Whether you're into faux flowers, kooky characters or an extraordinary jumbo set of pearls like those pictured above, there's much to be said for the punch of personality a pair of unorthodox earrings can bring.
Who could resist such fun things?
Made you look twice, right?
3. CRYSTAL DROPS
Style Notes: Traditionally for evening attire only, crystal bling stormed onto the fashion scene in a twinkling blazer almost a decade ago. Wearing these shiny chandeliers and drops in the day has become normal practice, as well as a very simple fast track to elevating the most basic of outfits. There's almost nothing more street styleable than a gobstopper-size pair of baubles sitting atop a white tee.
You can always rely on Marni to bring a strong bling game.
Classical designs are to be worn rebelliously—pair these with a hoodie now.
A classic with a colourful twist.
The perfect work-to-party option.