How to do that 1980s Earring Thing…..

DION LEE swimsuit, Boohoo.com t-shirt, vintage Ehanel earrings and Gucci hat via 1stdibs. Popmap.com 80s inspired sunglasses, Mark and Graham beach bag.

So, the 1980s earring….part of me is afraid, having lived through the 1980s and the other half is esthetically happy. The style of the 1980s was a little punk, a bit geek, over the top, and let’s face it the jewelry was pure fun. Color, especially the primary and a new class of neons reigned. You can absolutely wear the 80s earring styles that we are seeing now, in a classic way or even with a modern take. I can’t tell you how many of these have been pulled for editorial shoots recently.  So, how should one wear it without looking like you stepped out of the DeLorean in Back to the Future? There are tons of new styles and vintage examples to choose from. However; the most important part of that undertaking is a base which is classic- use black, wear some jeans and a white t-shirt, the right sunglasses or fun shoes mixed in and a focus on well, those earrings- I say leave off all other jewelry.

1980s BillyBoy* earrings from my personal collection.

She inside Cap Sleeve T-shirt, vintage 80s lightening bolts from my collection, Citizens of Humanity Rocket jean, Tory Burch heel sandal, Rag and Bone Fedora…..

Lastly, really this new take on the 80s earring is about using the glamorous oversized sterling or rhinestone earring worn in a clever modern way…. But for that to happen one must pull in their own style as well.  Maybe that is your signature curly hair, or lip color!

Collection of Wendy Gell earrings. She was featured in magazines from Vogue to Elle in the 70s and 80s.

Sterling silver 80s examples from the image archive.


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