J.W. Anderson Spring 2017 Mismatched Earrings
J.W. Anderson Spring 2017 Mismatched Earrings
J. W. Anderson Spring 2017

Spring Trend How To: Mix & Match Earrings

Words by Jody Hume | 3.2.17
Much like certain shades of pink and bare shoulders, the mismatched earring trend is one that, rather than fading away, keeps getting reinvented on the runways. And we love it. It makes sense that this look is sticking around for spring because there are so many ways to play it. This season, we saw J.W. Anderson pair mixed metallic shapes and send models down the runway in single earrings, while Marni juxtaposed long, short and floral designs and Saint Laurent played with ear cuffs and mismatched crystals.
And it’s not just the runway. While it was easy to be blinded by the sheer carats of the Chopard earrings Charlize Theron wore to the recent Oscars, if you looked closely you noticed that they were different shapes — a heart-shaped diamond on one and a pear-shaped diamond on the other. For tips on how to pull off the trend, we asked our jewelry experts for their advice. And bonus: If you buy two pairs with the intention to mismatch, you’ve really gotten yourself three pairs of earrings.

Lindsey Taft, Associate Fine Jewelry & Watches Merchandising Manager

What’s the right occasion for mismatched earrings?
This is the perfect trend to try for a night on the town. For an evening look, try playing with different lengths. If you’re going for a more simple daytime look, you can also get in on the trend by wearing mismatched studs. Pairing different metals and stones with one another is a subtle way to make a statement.
What should you wear with them?
Let your ears do the talking here — pair with a simple choker or a silver cuff bracelet.

Mismatched Earrings Trend Spring 2017Top: Marni Resin Triangle Drop Earrings, $145Marni Circle Drop Earrings, $95 Middle: 3.02 CT Diamond Solitaire Earrings, $11,495; Piranesi Baroque Pearl Drop Earrings, $995 Bottom: David Yurman Diamond Oval Link Earrings, $1,195; 18K Pearl & Diamond Earrings, $1,195

Trish Stevens, Senior Fine Jewelry & Watches Merchandising Manager

What are your tips for mixing and matching earrings?
This is a fun trend and the point is to be creative, but it helps if there is common thread across both earrings to make sure it doesn’t look like a mistake! For example, choose the same stone or metal type but in different shapes, or the same shapes but in different colors.
Which runway did it best?
I really love how Marni demonstrated this look. The earrings were so bold and eye-catching, yet they still looked polished because of the coordinating elements in both designs.

Mismatched Earring Trend Spring 2017Lanvin Crystal Tassel Earrings, $395; Pianegonda Circle Drop Earrings, $225

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