Vertical Verve: Linear Earrings

Taking quite a different turn from the lush florals and chunky chains populating fashion editorials this season, vertical linear designs present a significant trend in earrings. To some extent, this is a variation on the Y-shaped necklace designs of which I wrote previously. Most of the styles hang free from the base of the earrings; others are rigid vertical designs. In every case, they cause the eye to sweep up and down.

Marion Fasel writes in the December 2011 issue of InStyle: “There’s something to be said for the straight and narrow. Not only do these sleek stick earrings—studded with gorgeous gems—complete a minimalist look, but they serve as impeccable counterpoints to the season’s graphic knits and beautiful brights.” Pictured are pave diamond and 18k gold earrings from C. Greene; emerald and 18k gold earrings from Jennifer Meyer; tourmaline, diamond, porcupine quill and 18k gold earrings from Daniela Villegas; garnet, black diamond, and 18k white gold earrings from Queen Vee; and diamond, 18k gold, and sterling silver earrings from Todd Reed.

In a feature on inexpensive party-ready looks, the December 2011 issue of Real Simple pictures hammered, crystal-flecked gold-plated linear drop earrings from Lisa Stewart as an accompaniment to a dress from Lulu’s and belt from BCBGMAXAZRIA. The gold-tone bangles of various textures are from

In the December 2011 issue of Family Circle, linear drop earrings with square-shaped detail from Lauren by Ralph Lauren are shown with a dress by the same designer and a faux fur coat from A by Adrienne Landau. The model’s bracelet is from R.J. Graziano. Notice how the detail on the earrings square with the rectangular crystal-studded belt of the dress.

The linear earrings selected for the model pictured above in the December 2011 issue of Allure are beautifully chosen to emphasize the thick straps of the Narciso Rodriguez dress and the heavy braid of the model’s hair. The silver gunmetal and glass bead earrings are from Oscar de la Renta.

Actress Amy Adams is profiled in the December 2011 issue of InStyle. Above, she is pictured wearing linear earrings of Swarovski crystal, pearl, and brass from Fallon. Her jacket is from Calvin Klein Collection.

The December 2011–January 2012 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal pictures actress Bridget Moynahan in linear earrings from Belle Noel to accompany a sequined dress from French Connection.

In a look inspired by 1950s style, the January 2012 issue of Elle pictures elaborate diamond and emerald earrings from Van Cleef & Arpels as the finishing touch to a lace dress from Valentino and ostrich feather–trimmed hat from Heather Huey. The model also wears a peridot ring with diamond, turquoise, and coral from Van Cleef & Arpels.

The January 2012 issue of Vogue provides brief profiles of “six global beauties” wearing what are, in some cases, inexplicably identified as “the season’s statement chandelier earrings.” Singer Sarah Ruba is pictured wearing decidedly un–chandelier-like but still very statement-making linear drop horn circle earrings from Marni with an ensemble from Chloe.

The February 2012 issue of InStyle chooses as its best dress a short dress studded with a web of Fabergé crystals from Valentino Haute Couture won by actress Anne Hathaway, who adorns her dress with linear diamond drop earrings from Montblanc. 

In the February 2012 issue of Glamour, linear drop gold earrings from H.Stern along with a Swarovski crystal bracelet from Dannijo accompany a dress from Z Spoke by Zac Posen. The other eye candy accompanying the model is actor Sebastian Stan.

A current ad for Alberta Ferretti pictures the models wearing long tassel earrings that extend far below their shoulders in an extreme example of the linear trend.


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