Earlier this year fashion editors waited with bated breath for Matthieu Blazy's debut collection for Bottega Veneta. Building on Daniel Lee's modern vision, Blazy took things a step further with the addition of relaxed staples like denim jeans and white tanks, along with exceptionally tailored suiting and dresses. The brand is no stranger to viral trend moments—it often sets them—and for the fall-winter 2022 season it was clear that Blazy had a hit on his hands. But the buzzy piece in question wasn't a handbag or shoe for once, it was a pair of earrings.
You can always be sure of a standout accessory moment from Bottega Veneta, and the brand made good on its reputation following a paparazzi capture courtesy of Kendall Jenner. The model stepped out in a full look from the collection, topping off the pale yellow dress with a pair of chunky gold earrings. From then, it didn't take long before the images found their target audience on TikTok, with most users taking note of Jenner's larger-than-life drop earrings. Made from silver, the teardrop-shaped baubles almost have the appearance of a hoop when worn on the ear. The earrings come in both silver and gold-plated versions starting at £500 for the medium size, and going upwards of £820 for the larger metal version, and £1380 for the embellished shell styles. Despite their hefty price tag, as with most items that garner a lot of internet buzz, the earrings are currently "coming soon" on the Bottega UK website.
But a true editor never lets an out-of-stock notification ruin the fun, so I found some equally gorgeous (and less expensive) alternatives that you don't have to wait to buy. Keep scrolling for a full run-down on the viral trend, and to shop some great dupes.
The Drop Earrings as Seen on the Runway
How the Fashion Crowd Is Wearing Them
Style tip: Go for a slicked-back style to let the earrings shine.
Style tip: The addition of sleek '90s-inspired frames is a good call here.
Style tip: A saturated structured blazer coordinates so well against shiny metal.
Style tip: A muted monochromatic outfit paired with Bottega Veneta's drop earrings is as a shortcut to understated elegance.
Style tip: For an amped-up metal moment, pair the earrings with other experimental jewelry.
Style tip: Bold dressers will love the bright colourways too. Take tips from Chiara and lift a tonal outft with an unmistakable pop of colour.
Shop The Bottega Veneta Earrings With Huge Viral Potential
If you're not willing to wait for a restock, you can currently find the matte silver pair on MyTheresa.
The turquoise colourway are sold out, but you can still get your hands on parakeet green.
Shop 15 Affordable Alternatives That We Also Love
The similarity in size and style to Bottega Veneta's drop earrings is about to make these go viral. We advise to get them both in silver and gold.
Not as big as the Bottega drops, but simply breathtaking nonetheless.
A supersized hoop that already has a celebrity fanbase.
For a little, subtle shine, try Pdpoala's micro drops in sterling silver.
Shashi's Odyssey earrings are such a cool and irregular take on the drop hoop.
These crystal earrings are in a league entirely of their own.
Indya Brown is a fashion editor, stylist, and writer living in Los Angeles. While going to school at Columbia University in New York City, she got her feet wet in the fashion industry interning at Elle magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and New York magazine's The Cut. After graduating in 2016, she joined The Cut as a fashion assistant, eventually working her way up to fashion editor. There, she worked on a multitude of projects, including styling inbook feature stories for New York magazine's print issue, writing and pitching market stories for The Cut, and serving as fashion lead for The Cut's branded content. While New York has been her home for over 10 years, she moved to Los Angeles in the midst of the pandemic in 2020 for a new chapter. Now she is a fashion market editor for Who What Wear, focusing on emerging designers, rising trends on and off the internet, interior design, and BIPOC creatives and brands. Aside from her duties as a fashion market editor, Brown is also a freelance stylist and writer, working on national print and video commercial campaigns for Sephora, The Independent, and Cadillac. Her bylines also include Harper's Bazaar, Vox, and The New York Times. But once the computer goes down and the emails turn off, she's likely eating her way through Koreatown, hunting down vintage furniture, scoping out new outrageous nail designs to try, or taking a hot cycling class.
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