Statement earrings are big news—about as big as, well, they are. Not only were they spotted on the Versace and Dolce and Gabbana catwalks this season, but they're all over Instagram too. Investing in a knockout pair of ear adornments is just good sense since, like a swipe of red lipstick, the right pair of earrings can make you look polished, without very much effort at all.
The thing is, though, whether you choose a chandelier style, an oversized tassel or something altogether more architectural, the question is how on earth do you wear your hair? There's little point in weighing down your ears with some hefty gems or a mega ear cuff, just to let you hair hang like a curtain over them. And on the flip side, somedays you don't just want to fall back into simple topknot territory. No, you want a hairstyle that frames your earrings in the best possible way.
We're not the only ones pondering the question. In fact, having also spotted the trend, Redken has just launched a whole new blow dry menu set to provide answers. Ear Candy features a line ip of four seminal, catwalk-inspired but fundamentally wearable hairstyles to show off your statement earrings. The service starts at £35, and is currently only available at Lockonego in Chelsea, London although the brand is hoping for a nationwide rollout in due course—watch this space.
First, head over to our sister site Who What Wear to shop the best statement earrings for every single budget, and while you're waiting for then to arrive try your hand at one of the following 17 hairstyles (including the Redken looks) that will work with any pair of statement earrings.
The first of Redken's new looks, the Supermodel Sweep is all about volume—but sweeping it all to one side, with a deep side parting makes way for your fancy earrings too.
A chignon with a wispy texture is a great way to show off an elaborate ear cuff like Katy Perry's. Re-create the texture by working V05 Give Me Texture Instant Oomph Powder (£2) through the roots and mid lengths before pinning up.
A sleek glossy side part works to show off a chandelier earring, especially if you tuck the low side behind you ear like Kerry Washington.
At Emilio Pucci, natural curls were defined before a pair of curly statement earrings finished off the look. Work a little Living Proof Curl Defining Styling Cream (£24) through damp hair.
The affectionately named Sideshow Bob has got to me our favourite of all the Redken Ear Candy looks. All it requires is simply separating the hair at the ear, tucking half behind and pulling the rest out in front. It looks great with a slicked bob, but would work equally as well with any other hair texture or length.
Alternatively make like Gwyneth and opt for a centre parting and tuck both sides behind your ears to let your earrings do all the talking.
Ashley Olsen takes it one step further than Gwyneth and pulls her hair back into a sleek ponytail which works especially well with the black blazer. To create that sleek, high-shine finish with Paul Mitchell Firm Style Shine and Freeze Super Spray (£21).
For a look that screams retro, channel Marni's decade clash with a '20s Marcel wave (made modern by wearing it oversized) and '60s lashes. Choose architectural-style resin earrings for this look.
Want to ramp up your top knot? Add a thick braid from the nape of the neck and tie the end into the bun.
The pretty pale jade green earrings soften the overall look of Lily's severe side parting. The dark berry lip is the icing on the cake. Get the look with Topshop Lips (£8) in Inhibition.
Miranda Kerr shows how a simple topknot can be elevated from off-duty hairstyle to party appropriate with the addition of a pair of statement earrings.
At the Oscar de la Renta show, freshly washed hair was pulled into a low ponytail for a super-wearable way to show off statement earrings.
Where once we all shied away from hair gel, it's finally coming back to the fore, mainly as it's the best thing to create a chic slicked back style like this one from Redken's Ear Candy menu. We've got more wet-look hair inspiration over here, too.
Who says you can't double up on accessories? Here the black ribbon and the black earrings work with—rather than against—each other.
Stella McCartney proves that both hair and earring can be elaborate. Of course re-creating this look is dependent on your braiding skills.
Reese keeps her hair sleek and simple to show off her earrings. A little volume at the top and movement at the sides keeps this hairstyle super flattering.
And finally, want to go all out? Dolce & Gabbana show that if you want to be dripping in jewels—tiara, check, statement earrings, check, jewelled top, check—then why the heck not? Just keep your hair undone and au naturel. ■
Feeling inspired to wear your statement earrings tomorrow? We certainly don't blame you.