One could argue that tops and bottoms are the most important parts of any outfit. They’re the veritable foundation of any look; the ensemble simply couldn’t exist without them. One could argue, too, that shoes are even more important, as they lend an outfit its overall mood. The right pair of shoes can take a tee-and-jeans combo from “lounging at home” to “hitting the bar,” transforming an entire look with a mere closed-toe and elevated heel.
One would be remiss, though, not to acknowledge the immense power a piece of seriously bold jewelry can possess. Statement earrings can render even the most banal look Instagram-worthy. By dangling a couple show-stopping baubles from your ears, you’re signaling to the world that your outfit is more than just a combination of clothing—it’s a moment, it’s a visual experience, it’s a look.
Statement earrings offer outfits an added dose of ceremony during any season—giving texture to our layered fall ensembles, brightening up our somber winter looks, and lending some much-needed heft to our airy spring florals. But during the summer, statement earrings really come into their own. They’re invited to be as vibrant as possible, as bold as possible, and often, as ridiculously kitschy as possible, too. During no other season will you find metallic earrings shaped like lobsters, and drop earrings covered in rainbow beads, and hoop earrings adorned with haphazardly painted shells. The entire season is a motley crew of the strangest, most delightful trends in our zeitgeist—and it shows in our statement earrings.
The beauty of summer statement earrings is that while they’re undeniably striking, they’re also inherently effortless. They do the work for you. They’ll elevate any maximalist ensemble to new levels of statement-making. They’ll render your poolside look an excuse for a photo opp. They’ll dress up the silk PJs you wore to bed—making them look like an actual outfit intended to be worn outside.
No, statement earrings aren’t the technical core of your outfit. But they’re the thing that leaves your outfit feeling greater than the sum of its parts. And they demand almost nothing from you. Just a handful of money, a little time spent shopping, and the discipline to pop them into your ears before you leave the house.