What ear climbers, suspenders and hoops were to 2016, single statement earrings are to 2017. Picking up speed among the style set, the trend is a riff on sculptural statement earrings, and it’s the ultimate cool-girl way to put an individual stamp on your look. Go clean and simple with a single, or create a cool mishmash by adding studs, crawlers and ear-jackets to the mix. Pro tip: This is also a savvy hack for giving new life to lonely old favorites who’ve lost their mates. Here, we tapped jewelry designer Paige Novick for her take on the trend and why it’ll be everything in 2017. Plus, shop our edit ahead.
Single Statement Earrings
Why a single statement earring?
"It's the right dose of chic, modern edge—perfect for today's sculptural silhouettes."
What inspired your design?
"I focus on promoting individuality through my jewelry, and I love the idea of one and done. When I first started singles, no one took them seriously, but now they're de rigueur. Of course, people still ask me if I've lost an earring but, hey."
How can you wear a single statement earring?
"Scale up or down. Going to work? Wear a hoop earring on one side and either nothing or a small stud on the other. On a date, opt for something with movement. Holiday party or black-tie? Go for drama with a mega-size sculptural style. The most important element is confidence. Wallflowers need not apply."