Statement earrings are back, and if they aren’t the size of Pat Butcher’s, then they simply aren’t worth wearing. Man Repeller’s Instagram is practically an advert for earrings that would need their own seat on an aeroplane. There are pairs with lobsters, pairs with jewels the shape and colour of Granny Smiths, and pairs of cheek-grazing stars. Yes, the fashion pack has gone loopy for wearable pieces of art that just happen to hang from the lobes.
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The high street has come up trumps with its earrings this summer. Mango is a must for its sculptural wire twists that are often mismatched (odd is the new single earring, don’t you know?), and Finery has some lovely pastel gems. The problem is that every girl with piercings knows about them, which is why I’ve scoured Instagram to find the seven (almost) secret labels that will raise your earring game from studs to slap-you-around-the-face stunners. You’re welcome.
Keep reading to see and shop the best statement earring brands around.
Style Notes: Mars uses clear resin containing flecks of silver, bronze and gold to create delightful squiggles for the ears that have just a glint of sparkle. Each pair takes two weeks to make in New Zealand and costs 14 NZD to ship. Why not club together with friends to get matching heartbreak hoops?
Style Notes: Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez are all megafans of Rebecca de Ravenel’s sell-out clip-ons. The signature spheres are handmade in India using colourful corded silk to create chin-brushing clip-ons. Do the right thing, and sign up for updates on Matches Fashion for the scoop on the next drop.
Style Notes: Milk Tooth sells statement earrings as sweet as its name. It has its own gold-plated collection, but for truly unique finds, why not shop its haul of vintage danglers? You’ll find swirling gold shells studded with stones and flowers made up of enamel petals. Prices start at around £30, and our advice is to snap them up stat.
Style Notes: Mochi is a collective of local artisans that are passionate about preserving the traditional embroidery techniques of their homelands. Pandora Sykes is a big fan of the beaded chandelier earrings (shop them all here), that come in all kinds of candy colours and look fabulous with puff-sleeved dresses.
Style Notes: When Becca Hulbert isn’t collaborating with London Fashion Week’s finest (hello Peter Jensen), she’s Instagramming her adorable whippets. Hence her collection of charm earrings, which come hung with tiny bones, whippets and hearts.
Style Notes: L.A.-based Annie Costello Brown hand-hammers the portable mobiles that you might have seen on Vogue’s Sarah Harris and Street Style Photographer Tamu McPherson. She sources all her materials from the U.S., transforming them into tinkling collages of silver and gold that are guaranteed to keep heads turning.
Style Notes: This Aussie homeware and jewellery label has a cult following on Instagram (54.1K and counting)— it’s not hard to see why. Its resin blobs hanging from thin gold wires are intriguing to look at, and they’re pleasingly lightweight. Prices start from £90 for a single at Harvey Nichols—you’d be crazy not to.