By Claudia Saide |
I used to love wearing a million bracelets (aka. Rocking an arm party—props to Leandra Medine for coining such a brilliant term) but then they started to get annoying. First, I was just over having to take them off every time I was gonna take a shower (the cheaper ones would start to discolor if I didn’t), and they were a total pain in the ass to sleep with. Plus, they were starting to take a toll on my wrists (or maybe, that was the constant typing, eh whatever), so one day I just took em all off, except for my one Sydney Evan bracelet and Cartier Santos that I’ve been wearing forever. When it came to jewelry, I was set on doing the whole minimal thing.
That craving for simplicity faded fast though, and I got bored of wearing just my delicate little necklace and same watch. I was back in the mood to be decked out again. But this time I had no interest in going back to wearing a bunch of bracelets, and since I was never really one to love wearing more than one necklace at a time (they tangle too quickly) I took things to my ears. And so I started to rock the party on my lobes. At first I was pretty content with playing around with the four holes I already had (three in the lobes, one in the upper cartilage), wearing mismatched studs and funky symbols, but then I had an itch for more. Except unlike bracelets, you need an actual hole to wear an earring (clip-on studs never look legit), which meant that it was time for more piercings.
So off to New York Adorned I went. Not once, but three more times (the last visit took place during Fashion Week in the midst of a nervous breakdown), until I had myself eight holes between my right and left ears. So now not only am I partying, but I’m partying pretty hard. I’m having way more fun with my earrings than I ever did with bracelets, plus I don’t ever have to take them out if I don’t feel like it. They can stay on in the shower, I can wear them when I sleep, it won’t matter if wear them when I decide to jump in a pond—they are quintessentially effortless (and I hate that word, but it’s really true in this case).
So if you, like me, love to wear a bunch of jewelry in a localized location of your anatomy at once but too share the same reservations as I about tangling necklaces, carpal tunnel syndrome, and a lack of motivation for putting anything extra on, you should totally get on the ear party bandwagon. I’m not suggesting you should go and get a million new piercings in your lobes (although if you still only have two, it might be time), but I’m saying that it’s a pretty fun, effortless (there goes that word again) party to be at. So grab yourself some studs and little seamless hoops, and get dancing. I won’t even judge if you start your party with a clip-on.