9 Pretty Earring Trends You're About to See Everywhere This Spring

No matter what time of the year, a pair of pretty earrings is a mainstay in my wardrobe. The jewelry essential has the power to dress up anything and lately that has meant adding a bit of polish (and a dose of fun) to my standard button-down tops for dialing into Zoom calls. I’ve noticed that I’m not the only one who has an affinity for earrings these days and have seen a number of trends popping up among the fashion set. I’m definitely ready to swap some of these into my 2021 wardrobe.

So what are the pretty earring trends you can expect to see more of this year? From reinvented pearls to mismatched pairs to ’80s throwback earrings, there are plenty I have my eye on right now. Here, see the nine cool earring trends the fashion set is embracing and shop my edit to update your jewelry collection.

1. Double Hoops


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Hoops seem to be a jewelry essential among the fashion set, but right now, we're seeing updated takes on the staple like these finished with a double-hoop silhouette.

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2. Drop Earrings


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Cascading drop earrings always make a statement—whether paired with a basic turtleneck or an off-the-shoulder top.

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3. Reinvented Pearls


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A trend spotted all over the runways recently, reinvented pearls are popping up in all forms. With designs incorporating more natural-looking Baroque pearls and more artful designs, these feel miles away from the typical studs we've been used to seeing in the past.

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4. Silver


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While gold will always be a personal favorite metal for jewelry, I've been drawn to the silver pieces I've been seeing more and more of recently.

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5. Ridged


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Borrowing a popular trend from the '80s, ridged earrings are back and cooler than ever. I love the texture these add to any outfit.

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6. Mismatched


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Why wear one earring when you can combine two at the same time? Whether combining metals or different silhouettes, the mismatched earring trend allows you to bring in opposing elements with one pair.

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7. Sparkly


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Sparkly jewelry is the easiest ways to add an element of fun to whatever you're wearing—even if it's just a T-shirt and jeans.

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8. '80s


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I love any excuse to mix in a throwback trend, especially when it's from the '80s. With glamorous earrings from the decade on the rise, you can expect to see me wearing these again very soon.

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9. Bold Color


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For anyone who isn't afraid of bold shades like electric pink and highlighter yellow, this is the trend for you. Simply add a pair of neon earrings to a black blazer for a look that instantly feels cool.

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Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.