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I’ve recently developed a statement earring shopping habit—one I fully intended to curb this summer. That is, until I saw this summer’s statement earrings selection. Once I discovered how many truly incredible, fun earrings were on offer, I realized there was absolutely no hope of me kicking my obsession. This is the summer statement earring‘s world now, and I’m simply living in it.
I’ve always been a fan of a kitschy statement piece. Growing up, I consistently found myself drawn more to the dusty bins of vintage shops than anywhere else (except maybe my mother’s closet, which I raided with some regularity). Now that I’m older, my wardrobe has grown increasingly settled; I’ve filled style holes as they’ve arisen, and I’ve left myself with a closet that feels full, varied, complete—and perhaps more importantly, fun. I have plenty, and I constantly find myself dreaming up new ways to combine the pieces I already own. In other words, I’m basically living the sartorial life I dreamt of every time I unearthed a vintage treasure as a child.
But in my quest to nail my day-to-day wardrobe, I largely neglected my accessory rotation—which is now on the receiving end of all the energy I used to funnel into clothing. My bag and shoe situation is pretty practical and pared-down (I don’t care how cute something is—if it can’t hold my shit or comfortably transport me from place to place, I’m not here for it). But jewelry—jewelry is where I can play. Statement-making clothes are only further elevated by statement-making accessories, which is why statement earrings are, definitively, my shit. (As if that didn’t become obvious the moment you noticed this shopping guide had 103 items in it.)
Now that camp is the new black, designers and fast-fashion retailers alike have blessed the zeitgeist with all kinds of vibrant, fun, exciting earrings. Hoops are now adorned with patterned beads, covered in colorful shells or rendered in strange shapes. Drop earrings have grown chunkier, duster earrings longer and tasseled earrings, well, more tasseled. Fruit motifs are abundant—and tropical baubles are, too.
The summer statement earring landscape is vast and varied—and ready to be shopped by anyone with an affinity for fun doodads. (Suffice it to say my statement earring infatuation is here to stay for a few months more. Maybe I’ll reconsider kicking it in autumn?)
Over/under on how long I manage to resist tehse & Other Stories beauties?
Buy both—mix and match them.
Just asymmetrical enough.
A slightly less creepy response to last summer’s face earring trend.
Simultaneously boho and contemporary.
Alien-worthy. (In other words, awesome.)
Vibrant, dangly anything gets an emphatic yes from me.
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: Heart-shaped accessories are more fun when it isn’t February.
A bohemian take on an aughts-inspired earring. Strange, but I’m here for the juxtaposition.
Hoops, in their most whimsical form.
Fit for parties and the office, alike.
Covered in shells and tassels? Be still my maximalist heart.
Basically abstract art, rendered in earring form.
Earrings so fun they’re practically inviting you to play dress up.
Face earrings! They’re back!
Your doodles, brought to life.
Shells on shells.
Make 2019’s Met Gala theme proud.
It honestly hadn’t occuered to me to wear hoops of different sizes—until now.
Don’t lie—you had a pair of these in elementary school.
& Other Stories’ asymmetrical earring selection is all kinds of stacked.
Earrings rendered in a less-than-obvious summer palette.
Earrings that’ll evoke visions of the ocean, even if you’re firmly planted in the middle of the country.
Sure to play well with all your favorite bohemian pieces.
Hoops are getting thiccer and thiccer.
Dynamic, classic and all kinds of cute.
Kitsch at its most delightful.
Simultaneously vintage as hell and contemporary as hell—here for it.
For the shopper who can’t choose between hoops and drop earrings.
Basically a sculpture you can wear on your ears.
The semi-gradient leaves these fruity earrings feeling a little subtler than others on the market.
Shell earring-referential, without skewing on-the-nose (at all).
Earrings sure to leave you feeling like an absolute mermaid.
Yet another pair of face earrings, because you deserve options.
Formal without feeling too fancy.
A veritable fruit bouquet.
Sophisticated and statement-making—an absolutely ideal aesthetic.
Free People has all kinds of charm earrings on offer.
Can’t stop, won’t stop shopping the fruit earrings trend.
Earrings versatile enough to take you anywhere.
Because hoops are more fun when covered with seed beads and adorned with shells.
The cherry on top of your favorite tropical shirt.
Sure to play as well with your favorite tee-and-jeans combo as they will with your go-to LBD.
Um, hell yes those are lips on those earrings.
Friendship earrings are officially the new friendship bracelets.
Veritably long—and available in all kinds of fun colors.
Pair this with your favorite pineapple button-down and put every frat bro you know to shame.
Celestial jewelry is having a moment, and I’m shopping every iteration I see.
Not your average shell earrings. (Isn’t the fact that we even have an average shell earring kind of fun?)
Don’t your hoops deserve a little texture? And a pop of color, too?
Because “neutral” and “statement-making” are far from mutually exclusive.
I mean, these are crafted from snake print chainmail. If these don’t transport you to the aughts, I don’t know what will.
Become the walking embodiment of the peach emoji—because you can.
A vintage-inspired silhouette rendered in a fresh, contemporary palette? (Obviously) count me in.
These low-key look like they were crafted from pipe cleaners, and I’m here for all of it.
You definitely could have made these in arts and crafts class, and honey, there is nothing wrong with that.
Earrings sure to render you a walking work of art.
Throwing these on will elevate even your lowest-key T-shirt.
I mean. They’re bedazzled flamingos.
These earrings are basically inviting you to wear the galaxy. On your head.
A surefire solution to any hoop fatigue you might be experiencing.
Bring out the dancing lobsters.
Would definitely pair these with a tropical button-down and jeans—and probably a low-key fancy black maxi, too.
Doesn’t your work accessory rotation deserve something of a tune-up?
So pretty I can hardly tear my eyes away.
The first of many fruit earrings you’ll encounter this season (and in this shopping guide).
May you never be forced to choose between hoops and shells again.
Did someone say “festival season”?
Because you don’t need saturated colors to deliver a statement-making look.
Is it just me, or do these earrings look like they’re covered in teeny-tiny rainbow sprinkles?
How many pineapple earrings is too many pineapple earrings? (Obviously not asking for a friend.)
A statement earring crafted with fancier occasions in mind.
Wear them together, or split ’em with a friend.
Maximalist without sacrificing luxury.
Everything you loved about last year’s shell earring trend, and everything you loved about the ’90s—combined.
Drop earrings that have their priorities straight.
Can you tell I’m genuinely obsessed with this summer’s less-obvious takes on the shell earring movement?
A fruit salad—rendered in statement earring form.
For the shopper who loves hoops so much they can’t have just one.
Also available in 2019’s favorite shade, coral.
Your favorite wall mural, turned into a pair of earrings.
Leave it to Anthropologie to craft a statement earring that drips with luxe.
So structurally interesting you’ll be looking for excuses to wear them.
Not only are these hoops covered in beads, they’re striped, too. (Striped!!)
Because heart accessories shouldn’t be exclusively reserved for February.
For the fan of bohemian jewelry who hasn’t quite figured out how they fit into the statement jewelry-sphere.
OK, these are glam enough to wear to a gala. (Not sure how many galas you go to, but hey.)
Go bold without pumping up the volume on your palette.
A blast from last summer—glad to see layered, colorful resin options sticking around.
Because many of us haven’t worn beads like this since middle school, and they’re too fun not to bring back.
Because when camp reigns supreme, you really should go big or go home.
Because three pairs of statement earrings are definitely better than one.
The kind of thing you wish you could find a thrift store.
Starfish are fun. Bead-covered starfish are more fun.
Simultaneously aughts-y and bohemian—I didn’t know it was possible, but here we are.
Smaller than your average fruit earring, but still sure to make a statement.
Practically dripping with vintage appeal.
I mean, they’re lined with fringe. And they’re bright freakin’ orange. Need I justify further?
An adorable addition to your favorite daisy-covered dress (or, you know, anything else in your closet, too).
I mean, these are literally bedazzled chains adorned with millennial pink pom-poms. What’s not to love?
A more accessible way into the statement earring movement.
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A version of this story was originally published in May 2019. Updated July 2019.