The One Earring Trend for Fall 2014

I live in a college town, so I do see some of the more unusual fashion trends.  But there's one trend that big fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar have been chattering about that I haven't see at all so far:  the single earring trend.

Ear thread with hoop for single earring trendJust like it sounds, the trend is to wear one earring instead of the usual pair.  (Some have dubbed it the "monoearring," which sounds to me more like a communicable disease than a fashion trend.)  Designers such as Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, and Isabel Marant have all shown models wearing single earrings as they strut down the fashion runways.

This trend is great news if you're the type of jewelry maker who hates making that second identical earring.  It also means that if you've lost a few earrings over the years, you can dig out those singletons at the bottom of your jewelry box. 

Actress Emma Watson wears the single earring trend well.  In looking at her photos and those of major designers, I've come up with a list of tips:

10 Tips for Rocking the One Earring Trend

  • Fake It.  If you live in a town that's not fashion-forward, you might wear a tiny stud in one ear and a large earring in the other.  Otherwise, you might be stopped by overly helpful types letting you know that you've lost an earring.
  • Pendants.  Shop the necklace pendant section of your local bead shop for possible large earring parts.  The oversized filigree hearts I used years ago for my She Bop earrings were found in the pendant section at Michaels.
  • Geometric Shapes.  Chevrons or triangles are still popular motifs for jewelry.  Look for shapes that are longer than they are wide for the most face-flattering and comfortable look.
  • Chandeliers.  Go big or go home with a large teardrop chandelier covered with sparkly crystals (assuming diamonds aren't in your budget!).
  • Hoops.  Add a little extra oomph to a plain hoop.  Isabel Marant, for example, added a shark's tooth to a simple hoop.  What unusual item do you have in your stash that you could add that would make people take a second look?
  • Metals.  Most of the single earrings I've seen are standard gold or silver tones (or a mix) without much additional color.  Metals can be heavy, so chose ones that are thin or hollow.  Alternatively, consider joining several smaller pieces with large jump rings.   
  • Punk Rock.  An article in Vogue traced the history of this trend back to men's punk bands.  Check out old album covers for edgy single earring ideas.
  • Tassels.  Tassels are still popular.  A tassel made with chain makes a striking, but lightweight, option for a shoulder-length earring.  (See my post "10 Ways to Tackle the Tassel Trend" for more tassel ideas.)
  • Ear Cuff.  Your single earring does not have to be a traditional dangle or hoop.  An ear cuff that wraps around the full length of one ear is one of the more dramatic ways to wear this trend.
  • Chain.  Thin, long ear threads will give you the look of chain with minimal fuss. (The ear threads pictured here are from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads.)

What do you think of the one earring trend?  Have you seen it in your town?

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