Statement earrings seem to have outsized themselves. The upholstery tassels, crystal cascades and oyster-sized pearls that have pained women’s earlobes over the last few years appear to be on the wane.
The gobstopper accessories arrived on the scene at a moment of peak Instagram influence, when fashionistas hoped the tiniest minutia of outfit details would translate on palm-sized phone screens.
The trend grew to encompass both the fine and costume jewelry categories, particularly taking off after Rebecca de Ravenel introduced her much-copied Bonbon style in 2015. A wedding-circuit mainstay for the last four summers, statement earrings have graced life-cycle event hashtags with rabid frequency and have held a constant presence with celebrities and magazines — making them one of the fashion trends that could define this era of dress.
This last summer, however, may have seen statement earrings exhaust the last of their oversized options — taking the shape of birdcages, enameled clown faces and life-sized lemons. The style has gradually begun evaporating from the runways and feels out of step with two of fall’s major women’s wear trends: too on-the-nose alongside the season’s Eighties puff-cream shoulders and too grandiose for a new batch of sharp, tailored separates.
The market has already begun reflecting
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