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A Complete Pictorial Guide to Earrings Trends 2021 and beyond

10 Jun 2021

The years 2020 and 2021 changed our lifestyles. To a great extent, most of us remained indoors. Also, there were much lesser opportunities to dress up for big fat weddings, parties, and gala events. So, when we are talking about earring trends 2021, they are the ones that surfaced in 2020 runway collections, and all probability will spill over in the New Normal. While the Fendi fall 2020 runway show turned everyday objects like pens and safety pins into dangle earrings, Carolina Herrera and Sies Marjan went for supersize double and door-knocker style hoops, and Jason Wu showcased sculptural natural pearl earrings. Further, fashion houses like Tibi, JW Anderson, Fendi, and Oscar de la Renta all accessorized their ensembles with one pretty big statement earring. Ear cuffs became much larger and bolder in design, and colorful earrings were plentiful on the runways with bright baubles in various hues.

Now that we already know the different types of earrings (PLEASE LINK TO JUNE BLOG 1), let’s see what earrings are in style this season and what to expect over the next few months till new earring trends 2022 arrive. As a fashion diva, here are some of the must-own stylish and trending earrings for your jewellery collection: - 

1. Hoop earrings

Hoop earrings are ring-shaped earrings that hang from the ear. The Oxford Dictionary defines a hoop earring as - an earring in the form of a circular band of metal or other material. Hoop earrings can be circular or semi-circular. They have a metal tubing with a thin wire that passes through the ear piercing to lock the earring. They symbolize power with casual elegance. Hoops are earrings in style 2021.

Small hoop earrings or bold hoops both draw equal attention to the face. Hoop earrings come in several shapes, colors, sizes, and designs and are a favorite with bloggers and celebrities. During the disco era of the 60s and 70s, they became a fashion statement of hippie culture, freedom, and strength. Though they never went out of fashion, they are back as the new favorite accessory – bigger and bolder. Cardi B, Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, and Beyonce have made a style statement with their hoop earrings.

2. Chandelier Earrings

The opulence, the shimmer, and the shape of the chandelier have influenced the chandelier earring design. Chandelier earrings are a type of dangle earrings. They have the sturdy or denser part of the earring’s pattern at the top filling out space, with a soft drop design shimmering and clinking subtly. They are attached to the ear with a hook, stud, or clip-on and dangle gracefully each time you move your head. From art-deco to modern designs, these large chandelier earrings have become statement pieces.

Metals like alloy, silver, gold, and platinum form the base of Chandelier-style earrings. The precious metal chandeliers ornamented with different precious gemstones are the basis of fine jewellery trends 2021. The highly decorative piece of jewelry is perfect for weddings, festivals, Golden globes, or Emmys. The famous heiress Nicky Hilton popularized the style. Others like model Karlie Kloss and actors Sophia Vergara, Megan Fox, Miranda Kerr also jumped on the chandelier earring trend.

3. Stud earrings

A stud is an earring consisting of a small shape or front design attached to a bar that goes through a hole in your ear. Stud earrings can be in plain metal or gemstones and designed to sit on the earlobe. Most stud earrings have a single stone set in a closed or prong setting. The earrings are held in place by a push back or screw-on mechanism. The most preferred studs are solitaire diamond studs. Women like Catherine (Kate), the Duchess of Cambridge, Dame Judi Dench, Natalie Portman, Taylor Swift, Angelina Jolie, Aishwarya Rai, and several other celebrities have donned their diamond solitaires from streetwear to red carpet events. The minimalist look of diamond stud earrings is unmatched. 

Trends come, trends go, but the stud earring will continue throughout 2021 and remain on the list of earring trend 2022. Be it an oval pink diamond, a round sapphire, or a princess cut emerald - a stud earring the perfect earring for an understated yet classy look.

4. Mismatched Earrings

Mismatched earrings are imperfect asymmetrical sets that have recently shown up at almost every fashion show from Paris to New York. Wearing a pair of earrings is perfect, but for those who are braver and fashion-forward, mismatched earrings are the way to go. This fun and the edgy mismatched-earring trend is everywhere. To accentuate the mismatched earring style, think differently. Begin with wearing a stud on one ear and maybe a drop earring on the other ear. What is necessary is that the earrings belong to a similar theme, metal, or color. The beauty lies in perfectly blending two completely different types of earrings. If you are unsure which two pieces to mismatch, jewelry brands are selling mismatched earring sets, too.

Since Meghan Markle was spotted wearing mismatched earrings, the trend has gone up a notch. Designers like Oscar de la Renta, Louis Vuitton, Nina Ricci, and others have introduced the quirky appeal of mismatched earrings in their designer earring collections.

 5. Single Earrings

Wearing a single earring was a part of some cultures, now it is a fashion statement on red carpets and runways - it is everywhere. Since 2017, when couture catwalks introduced single earrings, the punk look was replaced by a statement look. The point to remember is if you want to create a sassy style with a single earring, the earring piece has to be oversized in shape, bold, and eye-catching to make a big statement. From the Jean-Paul Gaultier floral collection with blooms recreated in metal and silver bauble to Roksanda Ilincic’s, interlocking warped shapes with gold wiring, the single earring style has been flaunted by the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge and Michelle Obama. Teen idol Emma Watson too, has proved an absolute master of the single earring trend, pulling it off successfully at each of her red carpet appearances.

The single earrings trend is alive. Fashion houses and high-street jewelers are contributing to designer single statement earrings.

Conclusion

The earring trend is ready to reach new heights with statement earrings, bold mismatched earrings, and over-the-top hoops. Besides the above trending styles, geometric shapes and colors are trending. So are long tasseled earrings and fitted ear cuffs. Silver, gold, and colored gemstones also continue to dominate earring designs. Get ready to let your trending earrings do all the talking – on Zoom till you are vaccinated and safe to party again!


Rukshana is a freelance content and communication strategist based out of Mumbai, India. She mingles her expertise in PR with comprehensive domain knowledge and creative writing skills to assist and propagate business, worldwide. Being a quick learner, she utilizes her diversified digital expertise to provide copywriting and content writing services to create highly profitable brands, products, and services.