Earrings: Festive & Flattering Accents for Holiday Party Looks

As a young girl, I put earrings on my dolls once I gleefully discovered that combinations of sequins and seed beads created adornments that attached easily with straight pins. I concluded at a young age that a party dress looks more finished and more festive with the addition of earrings. Wearing a party look without earrings is rather like wrapping a present and leaving off the bow.

Here are some of the wide variety of festive options in earrings highlighted in the fashion press in time for this holiday season:

The October 2010 issue of InStyle magazine calls bold hoop earrings “so right now!” Perennially popular hoops look great on just about everyone. The earrings featured, which range from basic hoops to enameled, sapphire-studded riots of color, are from Robindira Unsworth, Tom Binns Design, Kendra Scott, M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza, and Julie Sandlau.

The November 2010 InStyle highlights a different style—“voluptuous, colorful” pear-shaped drop earrings that “have curves in all the right places,” recommending that they be worn “with a slinky cocktail dress and towering heels.” The featured earrings are from Stephen Dweck, Coomi, Irene Neuwirth, Carla Amorim, and Cathy Waterman. Gemstones incorporated include agate, iolites, moonstones, onyx, tourmaline, sapphires, and diamonds in an amazing range of colors and cuts.

The December 2010 issue of Glamour highlights dangling earrings with pear-shaped and other shapes of drops featuring a variety of sparkling red and pink gemstones. “Don’t judge them by their size (they’re petite) but by their sparkle,” notes Glamour. The featured earrings are from Nina Basharova, Noir, Cathy Waterman, Kenneth Jay Lane, Roberta Chiarella, Le Vian, Nava Zahavi for Fragments, Swarovski, and Renee Lewis.

Not all the fabulous earrings this season dangle. From the November 2010 issue of More magazine, a lace corset from Tibi, a chic updo, and jewels provide an elegantly sophisticated look. The 14k gold and pearl cluster-style earrings are from Camilla Dietz Bergeron; the quartz and gold bracelet is from Verdura.

The November 2010 issue of Harper’s Bazaar also looked to vintage-inspired earring designs to adorn Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks. Like More magazine, Bazaar chose short, cluster-style earrings (these from de Grisogono), to accompany a lacy top (this long-sleeved blouse by Dolce & Gabbana).

To accompany a lace-trimmed pantsuit by Valentino modeled by Hendricks, Harper’s Bazaar selected non-dangling but no less eye-catching earrings by Cartier.

The November 2010 issue of Real Simple magazine states that “the most wearable trend right now” is what it calls “grown-up bows,” looking to the Oscar de la Renta resort 2011 runway collection for inspiration. Among the magazine’s choices are these bow earrings from Kenneth Jay Lane, which, the editor notes, is “More glitzy than your go-to studs.”  

In a story about Georgia Jagger (daughter of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall) in the November 2010 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, several of the photos in the multi-page spread picture the young model wearing long diamond drop earrings by Chopard that visually relate to the spacing of, and thereby highlight, her distinctive front teeth. The dress shown here is by Blumarine.

Whatever styles of earrings appeal to you, remember that they can be chosen to draw attention to your favorite feature. Whether you choose petite drops or something more substantial, let earrings highlight the holiday glow on your face. Keep sparkling!