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This spring’s key jewellery trend is all about mismatched earrings. So leave symmetry at the door and embrace the unconventional


Autumn/Winter’s single earring trend may have made its mark with fashion insiders around the globe but the latest jewellery look – mismatched earrings – is set to become even bigger. From the red carpet to the catwalk, identical pairs of earrings are making way for a host of fabulous off-kilter styles.

We’re not just talking about slightly different colour tones or variations of shapes either. The bolder the differences, the better. Whether it’s a dazzling shoulder-duster paired with a delicate drop earring or a pearl stud teamed with an oversized hoop, it’s these dramatic juxtapositions that really lend the look its charm.

The look featured heavily on the runway this season. In Peter Copping’s Spring/Summer show For Nina Ricci, there wasn’t a matching pair of earrings in sight. Models were sent down the catwalk in odd earrings made from an eclectic mix of materials including pearls, crystals and stones. The effect was unconventionally cool.

Celebrities have been doing the look justice too. Gwyneth Paltrow turned heads at the L.A. premiere of Iron Man 3 in a diamond stud paired with a stunning chandelier design. The look was given added impact with her hair swept to one side. Halle Berry also chose an elaborate multi hoop style and a simple diamond stud at The Call screening in Miami. And Rihanna and Emma Watson have been spotted wearing their own takes on mismatched chic too.

Luckily, the high street is awash with new-season earrings that are ripe for mixing and (un)matching. At Pierre Lang, there are a host of styles that would work. For an irresistibly quirky look, their elongated pendant earring and smaller diamond drop earring is a great pairing. Alternatively, go for the geometric drop earring and wear it with their smaller triangular studs for a sophisticated take.

The beauty of this trend is there are no rules. So have fun with it. Play with proportions; enjoy mixing textures, metals and shapes. And whatever you do from now on - if you lose one earring that belongs to a matching pair, don’t throw the other one away like you have done in the past. Just wear it with something else and rest assured you’ll look fabulous.

Nina Ricci Spring/Summer 2015. Photographed by Kevin Tachman, taken from Vogue.com