We Tried It: Statement Earrings
HONOLULU staffers take summer’s “it” accessory for a spin.
Spring/Summer 2017 looks from MARNI, SAINT LAURENT and Proenza Schouler.
Call me a convert. After decades of dressing my lobes with nothing but the teeny-tiniest of studs, I’m now, officially, worshipping at the altar of the giant statement earring.
They first lured me in as they sashayed their way down the Spring/Summer 2017 runways—artsy-cool, geometric styles by Proenza Schouler, fantastical crystal door knockers by Marni and seductive, collarbone-grazing tassels by Saint Laurent.
I was smitten, but still, I thought, these can’t possibly translate into real life, right? On a 6-foot-tall glamazon in head-to-toe couture is one thing, but on a regular Jill in jeans and a tee, weren’t they bound to look ridiculous?
To find out, I rounded up a handful of my HONOLULU Magazine co-workers to test a few pairs with me. The result? Initially, a lot of “Whoa, these are HUGE!” comments. But, then, like the magic of an iPhone upgrade, giant began to seem not so big after all, and we found ourselves reveling in the earrings’ playful vibes and notice-me-now effects.
Take a look below to see how we rocked them and tips for working them into your own wardrobe. Plus, a roundup of even more chic pairs from Honolulu boutiques.
Brie Thalmann, managing fashion editor
Photos: Aaron K. Yoshino
“To nail the trend, go for styles that are geometric, heavily embellished or tasseled, like this swingy mint set.”
Deepa Jasmine resin earrings, $58. Anthropologie, International Market Place, (808) 975-9460.
Marisa Heung, special projects editor
“At first they were intimidating, but these earrings are surprisingly versatile. Pair them with a classic LBD or throw them on with your boyfriend’s aloha shirt.”
Tassel thread-wrapped earrings, $19.90. Zara, Ala Moana Center, (808) 944-9292.
Robbie Dingeman, editor in chief
“These metallic circle-and-ball hoops jumped out at me. At first, they seemed giant compared to the simple styles I usually choose. But, after seeing lots of fabulous statement pieces in our fashion stories, I realize I’m ready to be more daring, with my ears, at least!”
Hoop earrings, $9.99. H&M, 2270 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 466-7467.
Stacey Makiya, senior fashion editor
“Because I had soccer balls flying at my face for most of my life, I don’t have pierced ears. So, I’m always hunting for fun, eccentric clip-ons. This set drew me in with its red-hot color, planetary shape and extreme lightness—so my lobes won’t hang low.”
Oscar de la Renta Chevron beaded clip-on earrings, $475. Neiman Marcus, Ala Moana Center, (808) 951-8887.
Keli Steiner, account coordinator
“These look like they would be heavy but they’re super lightweight. In an unexpected color like blue, the sequins feel modern and fresh.”
Sequin Petal earrings, $65. J.Crew, Ala Moana Center, (808) 949-5252.
A few of our favorite pairs from Honolulu boutiques:
Top (left to right):
Cha Cha tassel earrings, $48. Anthropologie, International Market Place, 808-975-9460.
YAACC Designs silver earrings, $99. Fighting Eel, 1133 Bethel St., 808-738-9300.
Raffia earrings, $58. J.Crew, Ala Moana Center, 808-949-5252.
Middle (left to right):
Arty Sculpture brass earrings, $58. J.Crew, Ala Moana Center, 808-949-5252.
Fringed hoop earrings, $15.90. Zara, Ala Moana Center, 808-944-9292.
Drop earrings, $9.99. H&M, 2270 Kalākaua Ave., 808-466-7467.
Bottom (left to right):
Oscar de la Renta Impatiens Flower clip-on earrings, $425. Neiman Marcus, Ala Moana Center, 808-951-8887.
YAACC Designs chain earrings, $95. Fighting Eel, 1133 Bethel St., 808-738-9300.
Star Geo clip-on earrings, $25. Riches Kāhala, Kāhala Mall, 808-737-3303.