Statement Earrings for 2017 and Beyond

Statement earrings off-the-catwalk Milan | Girlfriend is Better
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Holiday parties!!  And then New Year’s Day just around the corner.  What to wear, what to wear?  The biggest trend that will make the most impact at any party this season is statement earrings.  And that’s an understatement!  Big, bright, dangling beauties update any look, so save on the duds and splurge on the accessories.   Jazz up your jammies and head on out!

Statement earrings jazz up jammies | NY Fashion Week | Girlfriend is Better
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Play Up an Oxford

For office parties and more casual affairs, you can still rock the look and keep it low-key. Wear statement earrings that are fun and playful, but go more mellow on color. Stick to fabrics and stay away from rhinestones. As always, your jewelry should never detract from your face. Distractions are never really welcome at work, but thinking outside the box is.

Mellow statement earrings for the workplace |
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Dress up an oxford with pom pom statement earrings | Girlfriend is Better
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Mellow statement earrings for the workplace | Girlfriend is Better
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Statement Earrings Hide Winter Hair

How does your hair look in the winter? Mine goes crazy and I’m constantly fantasizing about crops and shaved heads. I keep round-brushing it and flat-ironing it because I just don’t look like I’ve put the effort into my appearance otherwise. I don’t wear lipstick, so statement earrings are officially saving the day! Find bright earrings with big gemstones that you can easily wear into next Spring.

BaubleBar Turquoise Drop Statement Earrings | Girlfriend is Better
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Naeem Khan Spring 2016 shows off bright statement earrings | Girlfriend is Better
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Pom Poms + Tassles

Okay, back to the fun stuff. The biggest trend in statement earrings right now involves pom poms or tassels. (Or both!) Check out our write-up on bandanas and find a way to incorporate a great earpiece into the look. It’s all about finding fun ways to tie up your hair and then filling that empty neck space. Pom poms and tassles work great because they are not heavy and won’t pull your ears. I always freak out about having stretched out lobes. Plus, heavy earrings can get painful after awhile, so win-win.

Statement earrings with pom poms + tassles | Dolce & Gabbana Women Fashion Show Backstage Gallery – Spring Summer 2013 | Girlfriend is Better
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Bright yellow tassels | Statement earrings | Girlfriend is Better
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Solid Gold

Gold hoops and discs are back in a big way. They are a super easy way to add instant pizzazz to your jeans and tee. One thing I love about Paris girls is they always remember to incorporate those feminine little details. A statement earring, or a jeweled hair pin shows a little extra effort that goes a long way. I actually need to be better at doing that.

Gold hoops update a casual outfit | Statement earrings | Girlfriend is Better
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Gold disc statement earrings | Girlfriend is Better
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Enamel Beauties

For that rocking 80’s look, go big on color! Enamel finishes and gold touches are perfection. Shapes in big sizes look so fun and pretty. Earrings like this take me back to my clip-on days! In fact, enamel clip-ons are super easy to find in vintage stores still. Vintage finds in this category are primo.

80's style statement earrings | Giorgio Armani at Milan Spring 2016 | Girlfriend is Better
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80's enamel statement earrings | Girlfriend is Better
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Rhinestones

If you’re looking for the best way to dazzle on New Year’s Eve, please go for statement earrings with rhinestones. Fake gems and costume jewelry are perfect for partying. They sparkle and shine to your heart’s content and if you lose one, NBD. In fact, I should mention here, that it is also perfectly acceptable (and cool) to wear just one dangling earring or mix-and-match. Total glam. Speaking of glam, we did a cover on multicolored fur coats this season that you should check out if you want to complete the look. Maybe mismatch your ear baubles on purpose. What?

Gucci rocking the rhinestones | Statement earrings | Girlfriend is Better
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Celine rhinestone statement earrings | Girlfriend is Better
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Mismatch statement earrings | Loewe, Chanel, Céline, and Vivienne Westwood Spring Summer 2016 PFW. | Girlfriend is Better
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I’m #1, So Why Try Harder

If you like the idea of flashing back to the 80’s or wearing just one statement earring, try a shoulder duster or two. Long chains, beads, and ombre paint jobs look super pretty and feminine. They aren’t so in-your-face, but still have an impact. If you’ve got more than one hole, combining hoops with shoulder dusters works just fine. Hoop styles work well on their own or paired with a stud, a la Janet (Miss Jackson if you’re nasty).

Statement earrings worn one at a time | Watercolors Shoulder Duster | Girlfriend is Better
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Mix-and-match statement earrings | Girlfriend is Better
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Large gold hoop and bar | Statement earrings | Girlfriend is Better
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Celine statement earrings | Girlfriend is Better
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What’s Your Poison?

There’s got to be at least one style of these gorgeous statement earrings that you can rock in the next few weeks. Check out these Papa bear, Mama bear, Baby bear styles I’ve found below. They work for any occasion, big or small – just keep your outfit casual or dressy to up play or down play the look. And yes, I did you a favor and found you those Papa bears as clip-ons.

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Honeycomb Clip-On Earrings | AnthropologieGhost Dancer Earrings | Free PeopleLeather Embroidered Sequin Earrings | J Crew

Make a Statement!

The holidays are when we see the most people and want to look our best. Dare to sparkle and shine and have a lot of fun doing it. Spreading your own joy lights up other people’s days as well. Remember, you’re never fully dressed without a smile or a statement earring 🙂

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