Picture it: The Philly suburbs, 1991ish. My 20-something soon-to-be aunt moved in with us, and suddenly I had unlimited access to a huge collection of costume jewelry, especially bigass earrings. I’d show up to school with shoulder-dusting gold triangles, or oversized hoops so big that my hair would get stuck in them. My friends all envied my borrowed earrings, but then my aunt and uncle got married and bought a house, and that was the end of the cool earring phase. (Trust me, if you ever see my 8th grade school picture I’m wearing a pair of dangly puffed sterling silver rabbits from QVC).
Now I’m totally having flashbacks to those sassy earring days. It all started when I was at Nordstrom last week and had a little browse around the BP section (their version of juniors) to see what’s new since they have some fun and well-priced accessories. I noticed a few pairs of earrings were really long, and thought, “eh, these crazy kids with their 90s revival stuff!” But then when I walked over to the accessory bar, where Nordstrom displays all the new, trendy jewelry, I quickly realized that almost all of the earrings were HUGE.
Apparently it’s go big or go home in 2018, and this time I might just be going home because I’m not so sure about it.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a statement earring. I have some longer dangly pairs for sure. But not the whole “these earrings touch my shoulders” level of oversized. Maybe I have to jump in and try? But first, my reconnaissance work:
One trend I’m happy to see going strong from last year is the whole tassel/fringe earring. Last year The Duchess of Cambridge wore a red pair of Kate Spade chandelier-ish slash curtain-tie-back looking tassel earrings and I knew I would never wear those (or pay $98 for them), but I bought a pair of small BaubleBar yellow beaded tassels instead, and figured for 30-ish dollars I didn’t mind if they would be a one season kind of accessory.
They have a similar version of my earrings this year, now renamed the Mariachi, except they’re more expensive at $42 and twice as long as last year’s version that I’m holding up in this picture (they had one pair left on sale for $19, but I resisted). #willpower. In terms of long earrings these Mariachi earrings aren’t too offensive but I really do prefer the shorter version, though.
A couple of days later I popped into Target and was excited to see BaubleBar has a line called Sugarfix that is very similar, but way cheaper than their regular jewelry – everything is $12.99! I thought the beaded ones looked a little chintzy (third row down, far left) because they aren’t as full as the regular BaubleBar tassels and you can tell the quality isn’t as good. But I would definitely not hesitate to buy one of their other statement earrings, like the small green fans in the second row that look almost exactly like a $36 pair from their regular line. The red fringey tassels below those are a decent enough replikate for Kate’s Kate Spade pair (how many times can I say KATE in one sentence?!) without being as over-the-top as hers.
Speaking of fringed tassels, there were plenty of those on display at Nordstrom, too. One pair that jumped out at me (although not necessarily in a good way, more like a DAMN, those are some long earrings way) were the BP tassel drop earrings ($14). If you can pull these off, more power to you.
I did like these two pairs of beaded earrings from Panacea, another fashion jewelry brand Nordstrom carries that’s pretty reasonably priced (usually in the $25 to $35 range). I have a pair of blush beaded hoops I got from them last year and wear all the time, and I think both of these pairs would be perfect for summer vacations! Panacea Beaded Statement Earring: $38 and Panacea Beaded Tassel Earrings: $32
The other trend that I noticed a lot of: sparkly, druzy-style earrings. I’ve always been a fan of druzy stones so I’m all about these. The BaubleBar Moonlight drop earrings (bottom row) really stood out to me ($36) although they do look heavy. Although I didn’t see them in store, there are several really cute druzy styles online like these mint green Panacea Faux Druzy Tassels ($32).
Kendra Scott also has a ton of substantially-sized earrings in her line this year. The Justyne drops, for example, make my ears hurt just looking at them (and my wallet, because they’re $250). They kind of remind me of a Chihuly sculpture, which is great if you’re looking at the ceiling in the Bellagio, not a pair of earrings. But maybe that’s just me.
I’m interested to see if Meghan Markle will be integrating the big earring trend into her wardrobe this year. She seems to be a fan of very simple, modern studs or climber earrings, but I could see her pulling a long gold chain earring out for a dress-up occasion or something like these Gorjana Nora linear earrings.
I don’t necessarily have a ton of places to wear these big, dramatic earrings, so I’ll probably be sticking with my usual oversized studs and smaller dangly pairs. But I guess it can’t hurt to be a bit extra sometimes, no?