We’ve been feeling a shift in earring trends lately, and steadily clearing space on our jewelry stands for a growing collection of statement-making ear cuffs, spiky jackets, and oversized ’80s throwbacks. It’s enough to challenge our deepest notions of what our minimalist-stud-accustomed earlobes can handle! So, naturally, we were jazzed to see the parade of high-drama danglers coming down the runways during New York Fashion Week (once again) — presented in both abstract and figural shapes and worn in big, bold pairs, in mismatched sets, or swinging around solo. The fact that designers showed these beauties for both fall 2015 and spring 2016 means you’ll be seeing them everywhere for the next year — all the more reason to stock up now. Here are a few of our favorites (new and vintage alike) from ahead-of-the-curve Etsy sellers, presented with a handy size guide so you can see just how much (bling) bang you’re getting for your buck.
Tell us: Are you on board for the big-earring trend?
Size: BIG (approximately 1 1/4″ from nose to neck)
Size: BIGGER (1″ wide x 2 1/4″ long)
Size: BIG ENOUGH (1 3/4″ wide x 1 1/4″ long)
Size: JUST YOUR SIZE (they’re custom-made to fit your ear)
Size: PINKY-LENGTH (about 2 1/4″ long)
Size: SHOULDER DUSTERS (1 1/2″ wide x nearly 3″ long)
Size: LONG AND LEAN (about 3/8″ wide x 3 3/8″ long)
Size: DOUBLES AS A HAND MIRROR (2 1/2″ long)
Size: IN FULL BLOOM (roughly 2″ wide x 4 1/2” long)
Size: THEY’LL SEE THESE COMING (nearly 3 1/2″ long)
Size: BORDERING ON BANGLES (2″ x 2 1/4″)
Size: HOLY COW (2″ wide x 5 3/4″long)
Size: FOLDED TO FIT (can be custom-made in a range of lengths; as shown, roughly 2 1/2″ long)
Size: DOUBLE AS DOOR KNOCKERS (about 3 3/8″ long)
Valerie Rains is an editor at Etsy.