Friday, October 18, 2013

Capsule Wardrobe Project 333: Earrings

Earrings are far from an essential part of any wardrobe, but I wear them every day; I find that I really hate the look of the holes in my ears without earrings.  But most of the time I prefer to wear only small stud earrings, or very modest hoops - I'm not terribly keen on large earrings on me...

These are the core of my day-to-day wardrobe:


Pearl studs, metal studs, a pair of dressy studs, an accent stud
 (well, okay, grey pearls), and a small pair of hoops


Pearls, or another lustrous stone in a neutral tone, are a good starter:



A metallic stud is always nice:


It's generally handy to have a somewhat dressy earring for those occasions:



And a small earring in an accent color is fun:



 If you're a hoop earring type of person, the options are many:

Of a Kind

18 comments:

  1. Earrings are another accessory that brings memories of happy times. One of favorites is a pair that my husband bought me during a trip to NYC nearly 20 years ago. More recently, I have a pair of tiny, tiny studs in the iconic Micky shape that I got this summer at WaltDisneyWorld. Aren't we lucky creatures, we women who can wear our memories?

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    1. Virginia, I love your statement about wearing memories. I have pearls from my time in Korea where I visited the farms where they are grown, amethysts from Brazil, more pearls from China and Thailand....you get the picture.

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  2. I always wear earrings also. One of my current favorites (owned for 15 years, at least) are small round onyx buttons. I do wear very simple dangling earrings. I have the same pair in both hammered silver and hammered gold. They are somewhat pear shaped and are quite understated.

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  3. I'm a fan of big hoops and drop earrings, but they have to be lightweight, as I find my earlobes are now sagging along with everything else. ;-) I love some of your stud choices here.

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  4. I love my wardrobe of earrings - my tastes run from button to hoops to drop earrings. Earrings have a wonderful way of finishing my appearance.

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  5. I do not have pierced ears, but wear earrings almost daily. All my styles are simple button or hoop styles, and always real. Never wore the big blingy type.

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  6. I seem to go through phases of wearing the same combination of earrings as I have two piercings. Currently I am doing the double diamond thing with studs. One half carat and one quarter carat each side.
    I always wear at least one of my diamonds with a hoop or gemstone or pearl to keep it company!
    I have very few earrings and those I do own are not costume or faux pieces.
    Enjoy your weekend Janice!

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  7. I got my ears pierced when I was about 30 because I never wore any jewelry and knew I would feel wrong if I didn't wear earrings every day. When my hair is short enough, I can wear any style. I do prefer hoops and drops, and when my hair is longer they are the only thing that can be seen below the edge of my bob. As une femme said, I have learned that they hurt if they are too heavy. I have also learned that French clips or something that locks down is best for me because any simple hook is likely to come out if I wear any kind of cardigan or jacket. I lost many wonderful earrings until I figured out what was going on. I've also lost earrings with posts because somehow they caught on some article of clothing and pulled out without my noticing, even if they were small. As Virginia said, earrings are great souvenirs of trips -- easy to pack or wear home. They are also great gifts. Over our 25 years of marriage, my husband has bought most of my earrings. I would circle items in a catalog (often Sundance) and tell him that any of them would work. Then he could choose what to get. Now we do that with online links (recently Blue Nile). I stick him with the expensive stuff and hit the department store sales on my dime. ;-)

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  8. As a tall woman it always seemed that small earrings did not fit. I tried the small dainty studs, but larger loops, mainly, seemed a better balance.

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  9. Tempting selection, and please consider featuring more independent jewelers and designers. Many of the brands like Marco Bicego and Pandora are overpriced- a person is paying a premium for the brand name and advertising.

    I like a big-enough earring. Rarely do I think a woman's earring is too big, more often, I think, too small- which looks twee or too jeune-fille.

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  10. I have to disagree with your opening statement. Earrings are an essential part of my wardrobe! I feel totally naked without them. I can skip the bracelets, necklaces, scarves, pins, etc., but I never even go around the house without earrings. I think every woman should have a pair of studs or simple drops in her birthstone to help separate her from the sea of diamonds floating around any event (+; I love pearls too and simple silver dangles.

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  11. I have to disagree with your opening statement. Earrings are an essential part of my wardrobe! I feel totally naked without them. I can skip all other jewelry and scarves, etc., but I never even go around the house without my earrings. I also think every woman should have a pair of studs or simple drops in her birthstone to make her stand out in a sea of diamonds and pearls--although I love pearls too!

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  12. I am never, ever without my earrings. Usually they are small gold hoops, I have double piercings. I am 65 now feel that I need a wee bit of bling to brighten up my old face!

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  13. My boyfriend just gave me a pair of flower stud earrings for our anniversary, a happy loving memory every time I wear them!

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  14. I love this post. Since becoming a "woman of a certain age"!! certain earrings no longer work for me. I generally wear diamond, pearl or gold posts but am looking for other alternatives. I particularly like the mixed metal stud earrings you have shown.

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  15. I miss wearing earrings, particularly studs. Thanks to the 80s/90s and those huge costume jewelry earrings that were popular and my stupidity of not taking them off to talk on the phone -- my job on was on the phone day-in-day-out -- I have torn one ear hole. Studs fall out and hoops, even small ones, pull the hole down. I hate how it looks. I have short hair and I think the sparkle of a little earring looks marvelous, brightening up the wearer.

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    1. Have you considered having a new holes above the old holes. I doubt that the old holes would be noticeable if you just used the new ones. My old holes closed up after not using them for several months and I had to get new piercings in my ears.

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  16. I love earrings! I have loads - some 'real' ones, lots of cheap costume pairs and some ones made by my cousin in law who is a talented craftsperson. http://www.somethingtodowithyourhands.com/?p=901

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