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Parsing Trends: Bigger is Better

I went on a date once, and the girl showed up wearing hoop earrings so big I thought dolphins would jump through them at any minute! It was terrible.
— Anonymous Male Client

Just like we're seeing bigger bags out this season, we're also seeing oversized jewelry. Earrings, necklaces, ear cuffs, cocktail rings, sunglass frames - all of it is super-sized for Spring. The look is fun, expressive, and theatrical, just like wearing costume jewelry during a play to be sure the audience will see your accessories.

As you can tell from the quote above, however, not everyone jives on the oversized thing! Let's take a look at this trend critically to help you decide when and where these blown-up baubles should take center stage.

Positive Connotations

  • Dramatic
  • Expressive
  • Youthful
  • Outgoing
  • Glamorous
  • Fun & Funky

Negative Connotations

  • Ostentatious
  • Exaggerated
  • Teeny-Bopper
  • Needs Attention
  • Tacky
  • Cartoonish
  • Costume-like

If you want to ease into this trend and look modern in your accessories without the full drama of a runway show, try starting with jewelry that is slightly larger in scale than what you would normally wear. You might also try a chunky statement ring or bracelet instead of a necklace or earring, since this will bring the detail away from your face and make it feel less like a part of you.

If you are petite, you may also want to limit the size of your jewelry to the size of an "okay" gesture formed with your thumb and index finger.

I do have some larger statement pieces in my collection, but none as large as the pictures shown! This fits with my generally shy personality, though. How about you? Will your jewelry grow larger this year?