Buttons & Clusters: Short Chic Earrings

While long dangling earrings have a strong presence in fashion this season, another style of earrings is also receiving plenty of attention. Button and cluster earrings, usually about as long as they are tall, either genuinely vintage or inspired by mid-century designs, are finding plenty of fans among the fashion-savvy. Easier to wear than long earrings because they keep the focus on the face rather than down at the neck, these styles are flattering on just about everyone.

In the May 2012 issue of Marie Claire, actress Felicity Jones is pictured wearing button-style earrings from Verdura with a lace jacket from Dolce & Gabbana.

Diamond cluster earrings from Chopard are identified as being among actress Penelope Cruz’s favorite things in the May 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

The May issue of Harper’s Bazaar also features button earrings from David Yurman in a spread featuring “Garconne Chic,” Paris-inspired red, white, and blue fashions. The rings pictured is from Carelle. The wristwatch is the DeWitt watch from Cellini.

Clusters and other short earring designs are featured in the April 2012 issue of Elle, that publication’s “Jewelry Issue.” This season try the clip-on, the magazine suggests. The earrings pictured are a mix of new and vintage designs from Tom Binns Design, Beladora, Jil Sander, Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co., House of Lavande, and CA&Lou.

Model Kate Moss is pictured in the April 2012 issue of Vogue wearing a dress from Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere made for Vogue, inspired by a 1960 design. She wears a wide bracelet of white gold and diamonds from Boucheron along with earrings and shoes from Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere. The material used in the earrings, which have a concentric circle design, is not identified by Vogue.

Model Miranda Kerr is featured in a fashion spread in the April 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar wearing a number of vintage-inspired looks, including this lace dress from Oscar de la Renta with earrings, rings, and bracelet from Verdura and a Hamilton wristwatch.

Among the jewelry featured in the “Fabulous at Every Age” feature in the April 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar is a pair of button-style earrings from Lanvin and a pair of cluster earrings from Jil Sander. The rings pictured are from Gucci and Kara Ross Gemstone Collection. The necklace is from House of Lavande.

In a feature called “Chic Sportif” picturing the combination of crisp navy and tan neutrals, the April 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar includes cluster earrings from Delfina Delettrez. The necklace shown is from Aurelie Bidermann. The wristwatch is from Longines.

Singer and actress Beyonce is pictured in the March 2012 issue of InStyle wearing a pair of short cluster earrings.

The March 2012 issue of Glamour instructs its readers on “how to rock the retro look,” incorporating vintage mid-century jewelry in the mix. The model to the left wears a Dior dress accompanied by vintage cluster earrings from House of Lavande. Her bag and shoes are from Dolce & Gabbana. The model to the right wears a dress from Jill Sander with earrings from Cartier. Her pumps are from Gianvito Rossi.

In its March 2012 issue, Vogue pictures cluster earrings from Jil Sander with a  Louis Vuitton dress and handbag. The model also wears a pair of crystal bracelets from Celine. The wristwatch is not specifically identified on this page, but appears to be identical to a watch identified elsewhere in the fashion spread as a David Yurman diamond model. The shoes are from Giuseppe Zanotti Design.

In the February 2012 issue of Marie Claire, model and TV personality Angela Lindvall wears earrings from David Yurman with a patterned dress from Donna Karan New York. Her cuffs are from Tiffany & Co. by Elsa Peretti.

Actress Drew Barrymore, wearing large cluster earrings, is pictured with fiancé Will Kopelman in the February 6, 2012 issue of People.


The March 2012 issue of InStyle includes another shot of Barrymore wearing those earrings. Lily Collins wears short drop earrings. Kerry Washington wears what looks to be pierced style button earrings that do not sit correctly on her ear lobes; she might try clip-ons, as suggested by Elle magazine, or replace the earring backs so that the earrings sit flat against her ears.

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