30 of the best statement earrings to wear this summer, according to a fashion editor

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Vivian Hoorn wearing statement earrings
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The bigger and sparklier the earring, the closer to heaven – isn't that how the saying goes? Regardless, I am a firm believer that no wedding guest dress, summer party look or holiday outfit is complete without a pair of statement earrings, and I'm not the only one – designers including Miu Miu, Loewe and Chanel all accessorised their Spring/Summer 2024 runway looks with larger-than-life ear adornments.

From whimsical floral styles, reminiscent of Chanel's floral studs, and bold, sculptural styles to the influencer-approved love-hearts for your lobes, I've rounded up 21 of the best statement earrings perfect for adding to your jewellery box this summer. Plus, whether you're a gold jewellery lover or stuck on team silver, I've got the styles that are sure to tick all your boxes. Keep scrolling for a whole heap of ear candy...

Sculptural Earrings

Make Peggy Guggenheim your party style icon and clip on a pair of oversized gold earrings. Think of them miniature sculptures in that they'll be an artful addition to evening ensembles. Keep the rest of your outfit pared-back, either in terms of colour or silhouette (or both).

Mermaidcore Earrings

The mermaidcore trend may have took hold on TikTok last year but it's one that's showing no sign of fading when it comes to SS24's must-have jewellery styles. Whether you opt for fun starfish inspired studs or a delicate shell style drop earrings, under the sea is most definitely where it's at. Don't want to go full on mermaid? I've also rounded up the best pearl earrings below for a more subtle nod to the trend.

Pearl Earrings

No longer just for formal occasions, this season statement pearl earrings come in all different forms, from organic ethereal designs to more simplistic, structured styles. if you're opting for real pearls, take care of your jewels by minimising their exposure to perfumes and water to keep them at their best, or opt for a faux style which look practically as good as the real thing.

Heart earrings

Love-hearts for your lobes? Yes, please. Go supersized and rhinestone-studded; the gaudier, the better, in my opinion. They lend a touch of irreverence to little black dresses and pastel suits alike. I've been known to wear a pair to weddings as a pleasingly garish ode to love.

Floral Earrings

These floral earrings bring new meaning to the term 'garden party.' Think daisies cast in brass, threaded with pearls or set with crystals; they're the perfect accompaniment to romantic, flower-print gowns – or even a crisp white shirt.

Fashion Editor

Natalie Hughes is Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK. She has worked as a fashion journalist and content consultant for 16 years, crafting copy and content for magazines and brands including Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Net-a-Porter, Who What Wear, Matches, Glamour, and more.

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