It’s common to see fashion editorials that style the featured looks around footwear, and articles that recommend that women build looks from the ground up.
Much less common is the advice featured in InStyle magazine’s Special Fashion-Insider Issue, Your Look, containing the Ultimate Fall Style Guide. Among the top 100 trend picks, InStyle spotlights the trend it calls “Style Around Your Earrings”: “Once you finally settle on a jumbo sparkler or glitzy shoulder duster, don’t obstruct the view! An unfussy updo or haphazard pony gets strands out of the picture (its casual vibe also makes a nice foil to the drama of these trendy accessories).” Pictured is a huge stylized flower earring, part of a runway look from Miu Miu.
You will notice that the direction not to obstruct the view of statement earrings does not conflict with the advice to start a look with one’s shoes. The shoes may determine the ensemble, but the earrings are the accessory that sets the parameters of the hairstyle– in other words, the earrings determine the style from the shoulders up.
In the same issue of InStyle Your Look, actress Kate Hudson is pictured at the 2015 Glamour Woman of the Year Awards in London wearing a pair of exquisite opal drop earrings that bring out the colors of her eyes accessorizing a metallic red J. Mendel gown. Hudson’s hair is pinned up into a topknot, highlighting her earrings. Unfortunately, the designer of the “statement drop earrings” is not identified in InStyle or in any of the online resources I found that discuss Hudson’s look.
In the September 2015 issue of Elle, actress Keira Knightley demonstrates the application of the style-around-your-earrings principle. In a look that also appeared on an inside cover of the issue, Knightley wears dramatic white gold, ceramic and diamond drop earrings from de Grisogono, accessorizing a silk-blend jacket from Loewe, her hair in a messy topknot.
- De Grisogono: “Catene” white gold, black ceramic and diamond drop earrings (9/15 Elle), price upon request
- Miu Miu: “Swarovski Crystal Flower Clip On Earrings” incorporating Swarovski crystals and galvanized brass (InStyle Fall 2015 Your Look), $360 (sold as a pair)