I read in the June 2017 edition of the English magazine ‘Woman & Home’ that the latest trend in jewellery is to wear mismatched earrings.
Everyone, they said, is doing it.
The idea is to wear one small earring and one earring that is long, oversized or a statement piece.
Today’s generation loves breaking the rules – the old, stuffy, classic rules – just as we did when we were younger. It’s not really breaking old rules. It is more like bending them.
You may like to try it.
Here is how to do it in a stylish, baby boomer way.
Mismatched Earrings – Basic Rules
You will look classier and more stylish if you follow these three simple rules for combining and wearing mismatched earrings.
- Wear earrings in the same colour or light or dark shades of that colour
- Match the material or texture eg gold with gold or pearls with pearls
- Match a curved shape with another curved shape or match an angular shape with another angular shape
It does not matter on which ear you wear the longer pair. Choose one combination only or mix it up whenever you feel like it.
This trend is only limited by your imagination. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Mismatched Earrings – Simple Idea 1
This is the simplest and the cheapest. It’s a great way to test out whether you like the idea without over-spending. Go to any discount or chain store. Buy a set of 6 pairs of earrings for those with multiple ear piercings. These are from Kmart online on special for AUD $4.00.
Then combine one of the hoop earrings with one earring from any of the other five pairs.
Mismatched Earrings – Simple Idea 2
On the left, is a two-set pair of Talulah stud earrings from Chicos that already has matching colours.
You have the choice. You can mismatch and wear one of each set or you can wear them as a regular pair of earrings. Simple!
On the right you can buy a pair of ear climbers from Etsy that comes with a matching earring for the other ear. The difference with these is that ear climber earrings can only be worn on the ear they are designed for while the Talulah set on the left can have the larger earring on either ear.
Mismatched Earrings – Simple Idea 3
Ear jacket earrings from Etsy are bought as a pair. They come in metals and stones.
Combine an ear jacket like this one with a simple, small, triangular or heart-shaped, gold earring so that you are matching the colour and the shape.
Etsy gives you lots of ear jackets choices.
Mismatched Earrings – Simple Idea 4
Here’s an example of matching the colour, the texture and the shape.
The long earrings are gold-plated brass and the small earrings are 18 carat gold-plated earrings. The small ball earrings match the shape of the top part of the long earrings. Both are round shapes. They both have a similar texture.
Mismatched Earrings – Simple Idea 5
Do you have coloured earrings? The Kalina earrings on the left are a range from Chicos.
Each set comes as a separate pair.
Each pair has red ovals in them. You could match the red colour or match the gold metal colour.
The Declan earrings on the right from Chicos have more colours in the earrings as well as pearls. This gives you more options for matching the colours or the pearl.
If you have earrings include different colours, you can buy simple stud earrings to create your mismatched pairs.
Now that you have some ideas, lay out your current earring sets on you bed and go play. You may surprise yourself with the combinations you can come up with.
PS – I Grant You Permission
You may meet someone who suggests that you have got dressed in the dark because your earrings don’t match. It will probably be a male because men don’t generally understand women’s fashions. All you have to say is ‘Mismatched earrings are the latest Earring Trend. Margaret Sims, the Baby Boomer Professional Stylist, told me so.’ You have my permission to use my name in this way.
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