Where once upon a time fashion was only interested in all things minimalist, this season it’s enjoying a moment of madness. Clashing colours, loud prints, giant sleeves, tulle and glitter – it's a veritable extravaganza. For someone like me, who has stuffed my wardrobe with ruffles, frills and flounces galore, it’s a joyous time but one I appreciate is not everyone’s cup of tea. However, I have noticed one way in which this more-is-more aesthetic is working its way into the wardrobes of even the most reserved of folk. Specifically, hanging off their earlobes.
Proenza Schouler, J.W.Anderson, Marni, Chanel and Gucci all put big, bold earrings on the scene for spring but it’s Saint Laurent's shoulder-skimming tassels that prompted the high street to follow suit. H&M kicked it off with its £8.99 beaded numbers which where seen everywhere from street style to Instagram. Comprising of a beaded disc from which three little tassels hung down, they were available in black, purple, red, turquoise, green and nude, and swiftly sold out, with H&M reporting a huge volume of interest from consumers (including me). In case that was also you, I can tell you they’re still available in black and nude online, while lots of the red versions are apparently still in stock in shops across the UK.
Next came Mango, with its own version in peach, white and black – so popular that they were restocked twice. (I regret to inform you that they have since sold out but luckily a stash of alternatives have just arrived like this increadible watermelon pair.) Similarly, H&M has some daintier versions of its originals currently online, Zara has hundreds (these are particularly great) and J Crew’s (slightly more expensive) beaded earrings are making me question my allegiance to the pair I already own.
The thing about these earrings is that, if you’re looking for a way to jazz-up jeans and a T-shirt, they’re all you need. Or, if you’re just looking for a way to update your current wardrobe without spending a lot– especially since the weather is so hard to predict at the moment– they’re an affordable way to do that. But mainly, they're a bit of fun. Pure and simple fun. And Lord knows we could all do with a bit more of that right now.