There’s something incredibly chic about wearing only one earring. Even though it may look like you’ve lost an earring, adorning a single ear is almost always a chic decision. It was a staple on some of the coolest Parisian runways, including Celine and Isabel Marant, in 2014, is popular among A-listers like Emma Watson and was on display in Jennifer Lawrence’s most recent ad campaign for Dior’s “Be Dior” handbag.
Here's the thing about this trend: it doesn’t really work with small, dainty earrings. The appeal is in its grandeur. Overly embellishing one ear, whether it’s with a fancy ear cuff, a trendy ear jacket or a shoulder-grazing statement earring, requires guts. It attracts attention to the fact that you are bold enough to go against the grain and rock one earring like the rebel that you are.
The trend is slowly becoming more accessible as fast-fashion retailers like H&M and Zara have started selling sets with only one ornate earring, making it easier for consumers without a designer budget to capitalize on this trend. In my opinion, the one earring trend works best when you have one elaborately decorated ear, and one that isn’t completely bare, but rather has a complimentary small earring to tie it all together.
Are you pumped to start wearing one earring? Some of my favorites are below.
This pair of earrings is the perfect example of an ornate, shoulder-grazing earring paired with a simple counterpart.
Diamonds (even fake ones) are a girl's best friend, and this set gives one of your ears the bling it deserves.
These two earrings don't look like they belong together at all, which is the beauty of it.
This earring is simple in design and flawless in execution. Try pairing it with a tiny, gold drop earring on the opposite ear.
The earring combinations within this set are really endless, and the Katniss-vibe is always cool.
The asymmetry of this set works. The small triangle stud perfectly offsets the dangly chains for a look that is effortlessly cool.
Even the traditional, pearl-wearing ladies can get in on the one earring trend with this pearl set from Zara.