By: Aaron Royce
Statement jewelry is back, and you heard it here first! The re-invigorated statement earrings are fun in colors, textures, and shape! This spring's earrings had so much variety that they almost defied trends. Rainbows are on the rise, pearls have gotten a makeover, and acrylics aren't just for nails, they can decorate your ears, too. Whether you're transitioning looks from day to night or going from bars to the beach, any of these picks will be standouts.
Not Your Mother's Pearls
Pearls made a strong comeback this season, but they're far from vintage. This classic accessory trend received a modern makeover from brands high and low this spring. The best styles keep their lady-like origins within updated shapes. This reinvented trend will transform any look from bleak to chic!
Ettika 'Double Drop' earrings, $35; revolve.com
For Love & Lemons 'Bowtie' imitation pearl hoop earrings, $75; shopbop.com
Lele Sadoughi 'Pearl Cluster' earrings, $219; mytheresa.com
Life in Plastic
Fall's street style trend of acrylic, resin, and plasticized jewelry made everyone miss the early 2000's. Now, it's returned as one of spring's biggest earring crazes. Merging architecture-like shapes with a range of sizes and colors, this textural trend is perfect for hoops, drops, and any geometric silhouette. Try wearing these pieces with an off-the-shoulder top or dress for extra punch.
Alison Lou 'Medium Jelly' hoop earrings, $145; farfetch.com
Elizabeth Cole 'Gaylen' link drop earrings, $96; neimanmarcus.com
Kendra Scott 'Hanna' rose gold statement earrings, $130; kendrascott.com
Hearts in the Air
Fashionista's don't just wear their hearts on their sleeves-they can wear it on their ears, too. This re-worked shape is straight from the '80s, both playful and dare we say...flirtatious for day-to-night statements. The number of different colors and earring sizes reduces hearts from a Valentine's Day-trope into versatile jewelry you can wear year-round. What's not to love?
Mango heart-shape pearl earrings, $26; mango.com
Alessandra Rich crystal pearl-embellished heart earrings, $232; farfetch.com
Betsey Johnson 'Betsey's Ombre Heart' hoop earrings, $35; betseyjohnson.com
Wrap It Up
Woven textures arrived on the jewelry scene just in time for warmer temps! String, raffia and wrapped threads make for one of the more unexpected earring statements this season, but they're definitely one of the most unique. Wrapped links, woven flowers, and spun cord make for cute, colorful statements that will give any look a dose of springy ease.
Topshop thread wrap link drop earrings, $22; topshop.com
Rebecca de Ravenel 'Daisy' clip-on cord earrings, $250; matchesfashion.com
All Things Mochi 'Sunny' earrings, $75; shopbop.com
Top of the Rainbow
Something tells us Elle Woods would love these candy-like baubles. Rainbows make the perfect statement; why wear one color when you could wear them all? Add a dose of playfulness to your OOTD with multicolored hoops, drops, or crystals. They'll especially stand out when paired with a little black dress, and elevate any top-and-jeans combo.
Miu Miu crystal earrings, $340; farfetch.com
Roxanne Assoulin 'Hip Hop but Not' 'Baby' earrings, $75; roxanneassoulin.com
Dannijo 'Mathilde' rainbow crystal drop earrings, $375; neimanmarcus.com
Crazy for Crystals
Crystals are always Instagram-worthy, so it was no surprise when the dripping, dangling, and dazzling pieces from spring runways blew up after their debuts. Blinged-out, oversized and show-stopping, crystals will add glamour to any outfit-no Kira-Kira needed.
Nina Shoes 'Coventry' earrings, $28; amazon.com
Steve Madden Crystal dangle earrings, $45; macys.com
Pandora 'Light as a Feather' earrings, $150; pandora.com
Woods, stones, and plastics, oh my! Since the "arts and crafts" jewelry aesthetic made a comeback last year, all types of brands showed them in spring collections. Iris Apfel champions this kind of statement jewelry, so they're automatic must-haves this season. These earrings combine any number of materials- rhinestones with tortoiseshell, plastic with wood, and beads upon beads - for a quirky statement accessible at any price. The beauty of these is their nearly-handmade look; they might even inspire you to DIY your own for a rainy spring day.
Joanna Laura Constantine 'Tribale' gold-plated multi-stone earrings, $290; modaoperandi.com
H&M large earrings, $18; hm.com
Forever 21 tortoiseshell and marble hoop drop earrings, $7; forever21.com
Break Out of Your Shell
This beach-worthy statement made waves on September runways and is finally in full effect. Seashells, coral, and starfish add summertime nostalgia this time of year and make for great seasonal accessories. Use these earrings as a shiny daytime statement with a lightweight wrap, swimsuit, and your favorite wedges, or with a breezy printed dress and heeled sandals for nighttime. Nothing makes an R&R( rest and relaxation)-worthy outfit like ocean-inspired earrings!
Mango shell pendant earrings, $26; mango.com
Forever 21 rhinestone starfish drop earrings, $8; forever21.com
Brinker & Eliza 'Eden' earrings, $198; modaoperandi.com
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