Go Big or Go Home: Why Oversized Earrings Are In
If you’re in search of a new pair of earrings, know this: bigger really is better this season. Here’s Liberty’s pick of the very best.
We want you to consider your earlobe as a prime piece of expressionism real estate. Are you a shoulder-grazing drop earring person, or more akin to a jumbo-gem? Oversized hoops or clusters that are maximalist in every sense of the word? Wherever you fall on the statement jewellery scale, please consider this the ultimate guide to the best and biggest attention-grabbing earrings to wear this summer.
The Big Hoops
Coming in a seemingly limitless range of sizes, “bigger the better” hoops are the go-to earrings for R&B royalty. Take Rhianna, Beyoncé and Cardi B; they are rarely spotted without them and now it’s time for you to join them. Easy to style with almost everything in your wardrobe - be it off-duty loungewear or a 90s-style slip dress, Anna + Nina’s Gold-Plated Funky Love Hoop Earrings, £90 are a handmade pair that come packed with diva energy. If you have a penchant for jewellery with a twist, Shaun Leane’s Gold Plated Vermeil Silver Quill Hoop Earrings, £350 - with their porcupine-inspired quills - provide a spiky spin on the hoop we all know and love.
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The Big Drops
Drop earrings are also being supersized this season - think long strings of pearls and large gold chains that cascade from the lobe. With a touch of old-school glamour, they pair perfectly with flowy dresses and crisp tailoring, so If your summer schedule is filling-up with weddings and parties, accessorise your occassionwear with Anissa Kermiche’s Gold-Plated Thin Fil d’Or Drop Earrings, £160 - a timeless pair you’ll want to wear again and again. Just as elegant but a little more on the chunky side, wear the Monica Vinader x Doina 18ct Gold plated Vermeil Silver Baroque Pearl Chain Drop Earrings, £225 for instant outfit elevation.
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The Big and Colourful
Sometimes - especially for the boldest among us - going big on size just isn't enough of a statement to make. The solution? Adding colour into the mix, and lots of it. Take Sandralexandra’s Gold-Plated Triple Grocery Single Hoop Earring, £35; featuring glass banana, cherry and orange fruit charms, this tropical-themed earring takes maximalism to, well, the max. For something equally vibrant and attention-grabbing, look to Grainne Morton's Gold-Plated Asymmetric Multi-Stone Five Charm Victorian Drop Earrings, £445; jewellery’s answer to dopamine dressing, this joyful pair combines an array of mixed-cut, multi-coloured gems together for technicoloured impact.
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The Big Studs
Just because studs traditionally sit neatly on the earlobe doesn't mean that they can’t come in striking sizes. With a dazzling row of 4 carat cubic zirconia stones, the Rhodium-Plated Cubic Zirconia Baquette Earrings from CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane, £45 prove this point. Wear with your hair slicked back for maximum, glistening effect. But if you’re after something a little more playful, they also come in a variety of bold designs too, like Anissa Kermiche’s 18ct Gold-Plated French For Goodnight Stud Earrings, £145. Packing a rebellious punch, this is the stud for statement makers.
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The Big Showstoppers
Earrings - even the big ones - are rarely worn to be the focal point of an outfit. But if you want your carefully curated ear ear to take centerstage, there are standout pairs to wear that will do just that. Bow-shaped and encrusted in 24 carats of cubic zirconia, the Rhodium-Plated Round Cubic Zirconia Bow Shape Earrings from CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane, £120 exude opulence and grandeur - the ideal pair to style with a little black dress. Featuring huge fresh water pearls, the 14ct Gold-Plated Freshwater Pearl And Crystal Drop Earrings by Completedworks, £195 are another pair that we just can’t keep our eye off.