Somewhere between shoulder-grazing chandelier earrings and subtle studs, drop earrings are the new accessory du jour for stylish starlets like Emmy Rossum and Jennifer Lawrence. But these pretty baubles aren't only suitable for the red carpet and black-tie affairs. Thankfully, today's drop earrings come in variations that are appropriate for both the boardroom and after-hours cocktails. They lend your look some playfulness--a step up from classic yet serious studs--without overwhelming your outfit; the key is to wear them with the appropriate hairstyle and a bare neckline, the better to showcase your new glittering gems. Read on to see who's wearing drop earrings, then shop our favorite picks below.
WHO: Jessica Chastain
WHAT: Arriving at the Broadway play The Heiress in New York last month.
WEAR: Amrita Singh East Hampton Earrings ($75) in Turquoise.
WHY: Bright turquoise stones add a dash of color and instantly perk up your outfit.
WHO: Amber Heard
WHAT: Attending The Art of Elysium 6th Annual Black Tie Gala in Los Angeles.
WEAR: Brumani White Vintage Gold Earrings with Diamonds, Black and Smoky Quartz ($2904).
WHY: Bring attention to understated yet stunning drop earrings with a swept-back updo.
WHO: Teresa Palmer
WHAT: Posing on the red carpet at a Golden Globe party in Beverly Hills.
WEAR: Adeler Black Onyx Drop Earrings ($3,997).
WHY: Jet-black baubles--paired with carefully coiffed waves--exude a subtly chic allure.
WHO: Emmy Rossum
WHAT: At the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles in January.
WEAR: Sutra 18K Blackened Gold Smoky Agate and Moonstone Earrings with Diamonds ($11000).
WHY: Smoky stones create a dramatic statement without overshadowing your ensemble.
WHO: Jennifer Lawrence
WHAT: Also attending the Critics' Choice Movie Awards.
WEAR: Chopard Fancy-Cut White Diamond Chandelier Earrings (price upon request, 800.CHOPARD).
WHY: Channel old Hollywood glamour in a pair of classic and sophisticated sparklers.
WHO: Hilary Rhoda
WHAT: Catching the season two premiere of Girls in New York last month.
WEAR: Dannijo Lovisa Earrings ($445).
WHY: Add visual intrigue to your going-out look in the form of supersized vintage-inspired earrings.
Now that we've talked your ears off about this latest accessory trend, you're finally ready to snag a pair--or two--of drop earrings. Subtle For a timeless option, look no further than Oscar de la Renta's 24-Karat Gold-Plated Swarovski Crystal Clip Earrings ($375). The geometric baubles come in understated colors appropriate for the office, yet transition easily for drinks with friends. We also suggest Juliet & Company's Juliet & Company Plume Noir Earrings ($50) in Black, a versatile pair that will go with everything in your closet. Statement-Making If your sensibilities are a tad bolder, check out Erdem's Exclusive to MyTheresa.com Crystal Bead Drop Earrings ($364). The clusters of multicolored crystals perfectly complement a party dress, or help to jazz up your favorite t-shirt and jeans. ASOS' Bird Doorknocker Earrings ($44) are a fun choice as well; they'll add a playful element to your going-out look paired with swept-back hair and an equally bright blouse.