For the most part, I have a knack for predicting trends, both momentary and with longevity. I jumped on the pastel-colored hair bandwagon long before it was “hipster,” and I wanted a fur vest so early on it was difficult to find one. I have had major miscalculations, however. There was the misguided statement in 2003 that leggings were not worth the investment. And of course, the long-held belief (or perhaps wish) that skinny jeans would cede their position as the denim of choice among the majority of women.
While it is too early to tell if I was prescient or just plain wrong, in November of last year I declared that the statement necklace was dead and that 2014 would be the year of the statement earring. It just seems the statement necklace has been around well past its expiration date. The look feels tired. And when something begins to look tired, the trend is typically on its way out.
I’m apparently alone in this view though. On February 24, Women’s Wear Daily published a piece in their Accessories Section (page 6) entitled “The State of the Statement Necklace.” Designers ranging from the sisters behind Dannijo (the brand that made the bib necklace popular) to Gerard Yosca (carried at The Shoe Hive) insisted not only on the continued popularity of the statement necklace but on its relevance to fashion. You see, what they claim has happened is that because it has been around for so long, the trend has broadened to include an incredibly wide variety of shapes and styles, attracting an ever-growing group of jewelry-wearers.
These same designers did, however, point out that they are seeing increased sales of longer pendants and much more delicate pieces–a trend I personally have experienced in my line of work. This still does not mean that the average shopper is ready to make the switch from the necklace to the earring. It seems she is still content to pile on the neck candy, but a transition is happening.
If I learned anything from the WWD piece it is that I may still be right. The statement necklace is going strong and will remain front and center for a while, but it has lost a little of its luster leaving room for the next big thing. And in my opinion, the next big thing will be the earring. All other jewelry is currently experiencing a process of refinement. Cocktail rings have been replaced with tiny gold stacking rings. Bulky necklaces are being replaced by short and dainty chains with barely-there pendants. The only piece of jewelry that is growing in size as well as in popularity is the earring. In its F/W ’13 show, Balmain sent its models down the runway with massive chandelier earrings grazing the collar bone. Rodarte, among others, followed up in S/S ’14 with an amplified and interlocking take on the classic hoop.
What constitutes a statement earring? Really anything substantial: chandelier, drop, oversized studs, tasseled, etc. For the more daring, the look can be worn to the office. A pair of exaggerated studs can transform a shift-dress-and-kitten-heels look from traditional to luxurious–particularly if worn with the very “now” pixie ‘do. For evening, pair chandelier earrings with a boatneck silk blouse, tuxedo pants and pointed black booties. And while others may disagree, this is not the time to double up on the statement pieces. Minimize all other jewelry with versions of the aforementioned daintier trends or let the earrings stand alone. Trust me, one statement is enough as long as you’re making the right one.