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SINGLE & READY TO MINGLE

For as long as I can remember, earrings came in a pair. Hence, the collective noun. Let’s face it: we’re also genetically predisposed to favour symmetry. Truthfully, the only instances I ever thought of earrings as one was when men pierce their left lobes. But seemingly overnight, the modus operandi has gone from matching earrings to single ornaments, and even to mismatched sets.

 

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Perhaps this can be traced back to recent years when ear cuffs (pieces hug the outer edge of the ears) and ear crawlers (pieces are anchored at the lobe and ‘crawl’ about halfway up the ear) exploded onto the fashion scene. Wearing ear cuffs or crawlers on both lobes appeared a bit contrived and too much, given their embellished details. So, the ‘It’ girls opted to slip on one to adorn their “better side”, with the rest of the world following suit. Thus, the trend of single earrings was born.

 

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Mismatched earrings at JW Anderson Spring 2017
Mismatched earrings at JW Anderson Spring 2017

 

Thanks to the recent Spring 2017 shows, the obsession over these one-ear wonders has regained momentum. One of the biggest accessory trends of the season was earrings in all shapes, sizes and colours accenting the lobes of countless models. From Dior’s logo danglers, acrylic floral blooms at Michael Kors to ornamental baubles at J.W. Anderson, these lone stars shone brightly on the runways.

 

Pearl drop earring with chain, YOKO LONDON
Pearl drop earring with chain, YOKO LONDON

 

Long Face 14k gold earring, SARAH & SEBASTIAN
Long Face 14k gold earring, SARAH & SEBASTIAN

 

The single earring trend seen at MONSE Spring 2017
The single earring trend seen at MONSE Spring 2017

 

But then what do we make of mismatched earrings that also dominated the Spring shows at Simone Rocha, Marni and more; where larger shoulder-grazers were paired with smaller pieces? The simplest answer could be that in the world of fashion, there are no rules. The possibilities are endless. So chic and offbeat, one can assume that the mix-match styling isn’t because one dressed in the dark, but because it’s simply bolder to match different pieces and flaunt your style range.

 

Multi-ear jacket earring, EDEN PRESLEY
Multi-ear jacket earring, EDEN PRESLEY

 

Although I’ve personally never warmed up to the style, I’d concede that given the right occasion and design, sometimes one show-stopping ear piece is just enough. After all, the thing about the single earring trend is that it doesn’t work with dainty pieces. If you’re going against the grain and embellishing one side of your face, you might as well opt for a grand, sensational piece. And if you still feel lopsided, pin a complementary smaller hoop or stud on the other side to tie the look together.

 

Losing an earring is now a blessing in disguise.

 

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Image courtesy of J.W. Anderson