THE CON­VER­SA­TION

Ear­rings can over­haul an out­fit, ar­gues Lisa Arm­strong

The Sunday Telegraph - Stella - - NEWS -

One of the great wis­doms that comes with ex­pe­ri­ence is that you don’t need nearly as much as you thought you did. Never is this truer than with party wear. Hon­estly, un­less you’re Bey­oncé, a royal or Kate Moss, how many par­ties do you go to? Ac­tu­ally, even Kate Moss is more stay-at-home th­ese days.

An­other in­sight: party wear doesn’t date much. And the up­shot of this? In­vest in good stuff, be­cause un­less you can rely on all your friends’ vi­sion be­ing blurry by 8.30pm, cheap party frocks, on the whole, aren’t go­ing to do you proud. Fo­cus on colours that suit (nine out of 10 times that won’t be black; I re­ally love white th­ese days and, in­creas­ingly, nude pinks, which com­ple­ment a lot of com­plex­ions), flat­ter­ing shapes and lux­u­ri­ous fab­rics. Af­ter that it’s down to ac­ces­sories: shoes, a beau­ti­ful evening bag and ear­rings.

Ear­rings are the ul­ti­mate af­ter-hours trans­former, mak­ing the plainest sweater in­stantly look like a fes­tive state­ment.

Ear­rings can make the plainest sweater in­stantly look like a fes­tive state­ment

They’re also an ex­cel­lent so­lu­tion if you’re trav­el­ling and pushed for suit­case space.

The new gen­er­a­tion of over­sized ear­rings in­cludes plenty of great sparklers. Check out Bibi Marini, which are hand­made in Colom­bia, and Si­mone Rocha (both at Net-a-Porter) and Er­dem (from Matches Fash­ion). Jen­nifer Behr makes del­i­cate flora and fauna pairs, or try Al­i­son Lou’s Lucite hoops (both Moda Operandi).

For stun­ning asym­met­ric de­signs try Peter Pilotto or Rachel Comey.

There are also plenty of good high­street ver­sions (avoid big stones though, which tend to look cheap).

And ear­rings are some­thing I al­ways have suc­cess with at vin­tage mar­kets.

Weight is im­por­tant – heavy dan­glers are painful and even­tu­ally lead to ear droop. Se­ri­ously. One cos­metic sur­geon told me she can date women by their lobes. That’s one act of grav­ity we can eas­ily defy.

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