‘Su­per­size’ ear­rings fash­ion­able

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE -

CHICAGO — Ear­rings are the ac­ces­sory of the mo­ment, with amped-up drama that works on the red car­pet or the beach.

Let’s be frank: It’s not about be­ing sub­tle. The most ex­treme styles are “shoul­der dusters” reaching from the lobe to, yes, the shoul­der and be­yond, along with nearly head-sized hoops and sur­pris­ingly strik­ing or­na­men­tal pieces.

“It’s time to su­per­size your­self,” says Si­mone Smith, whose epony­mous jew­elry col­lec­tion of­fers dozens of hoop styles in large and ex­tra-large sizes.

Smith sees the move­ment to­ward big as bur­geon­ing. “Women are def­i­nitely get­ting more dar­ing, and big ear­rings were all over the run­way shows.”

Karen Giber­son, pres­i­dent of the Ac­ces­sories Coun­cil, a US-based non­profit trade as­so­ci­a­tion, agrees that the trend may well have been born on the run­way.

“It first hit our radar in the fall col­lec­tions. We saw it in New York, Paris and Mi­lan, where de­sign­ers were pay­ing a lot more at­ten­tion to the ear­ring.”

The drama of the look is ac­ces­si­ble to all ages, says Giber­son. “You see pho­tos of ev­ery­one from Michelle Obama to Se­lena Gomez wear­ing it.”

The weight is an im­por­tant fac­tor, says celebrity stylist Jac­qui Stafford. “With heav­ier ear­rings you need to take them off af­ter wear­ing them for an hour ... they’re so un­com­fort­able.”

In terms of style, she ad­vises wear­ing state­ment ear­rings on their own, not­ing they “should be the main fo­cus”.

This sea­son, Stafford says, they’re best worn “with those fab­u­lous, shoul­der-bar­ing tops. It’s very senorita style”.

TNS

Su­per­size ear­rings are hav­ing a mo­ment this sea­son.

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