Things I never thought I’d say: bracelets fucking suck. Other things I never thought I’d say: load up my ear with metal shit, please. Both of which things, I am currently saying.
I’ve never really been one to pay much attention to ear adornment. I have side burns and drawing attention to them isn’t necessarily in my best interest. More technically though, no matter how hard I try, dangling earrings always seem to look wildly over-accessorized, larger studs are too reminiscent of pearls–that is not my story, and additional piercings remind me all too well of my fear of pain by needle. It’s become increasingly difficult to ignore the vast, innovative offerings on display though, and I’m not that shameful in matters of the sideburns. Indeed, I’ve got hairier fish to fry.
Separately, I took off my bracelets last week and reached for an overhead cabinet in my kitchen. (Document storage.) It was unusually easy. I had forgotten that making subtle hand movements don’t have to feel like (baby) weights being lifted. What’s more? I’m tired of garnering red rashes in favor of heavy brass cuffed to my arms. What once seemed like the most appropriate outfitting accoutrement has become a detrimental testament to my life.
I suppose this means that fashion is just another evolving circumstance that celebrates so many extremes, it’s hard to believe that the inevitable post-liminary rejections to the previous extremes could arrive as quickly as they do.
In honor of new-found appreciation for ear decoration and the temporary termination of the ubiquitous arm party (re-emerging celebration to the previous rejections come almost as quickly as the reversed do,) enjoy a subjective selection of bomb-ass ear pieces for your auditory pleasure.
I think part of the key to doing this right is mixing and matching. No one likes a vanilla set of earrings. That shit is sticky. Why don’t you try a banana and skull? An ear-cuff layered over an ear bar? Two of the same earrings in one lobe?
From top left: A. Chip and spike ear chain from Topshop.
C. Rainbow pastel earcuff that include cascading rhinestones from Asos (and very reminiscent might I add, of a certain vintage Christian LaCroix earring I once saw at a vintage shop in Europe.)
E. Moon and star studs by Social Anarchy.
G. Ileana Makri multi-colored snakes.
I. Bananas by Nicka.
J. Silver Sally Leaf ear cuff (and only $12!)
K. Wing ear hanger by Topshop
L. 14k gold and diamond bar studs by Dana Rebecca. These particular ones have been in my right ear since early October.
Subtle M: Should you find your appetite craving a frivolous splurge, these two Delfina Delettrez pieces, an eye adorned earring and lip, insect, other ambiguous object adorned ear cuff have been on my desktop for weeks. Both available at Opening Ceremony. Okay, bye!