Big Earrings

“I went to the mall with a couple of friends.
I had a whole week’s allowance to spend.
I want hoop earrings and a Benetton shirt.
We came here to shop and we came here to flirt…”

-Robin Sparkles, “Let’s Go to the Mall”

We’ve spent years, it seems, praising the big-ness of the 80s, particularly in the fashion world. From big hair (we ♥ it!) to big shoulder pads (them too!) to the big 80s mustache (of course!), everything, it seemed, was big.

So it stands to reason that the trend continued to the jewelry counter.

And, boy, did it ever.

No earrings were too big. Whether big ol’ hoops or the crucifix that dangled from Madonna’s lobes or whatever Cyndi Lauper was wearing in the “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” video, 80s earrings were all about making a statement. With an exclamation mark. And then underlined. And then put in bold type.

And why not? In a decade full of big colors, big chunky sweaters, and yes, that big hair, it only stands to reason. It was as if everyone was just trying to scream, “Hey world! Look at my ears!”

…which brings us to Neneh Cherry and the gargantuan gold, um, things that stretched her lobes down to her shoulders in the 1988 video for “Buffalo Stance”.

And it wasn’t just the kids donning the monster earrings, plenty of adults got in on the action, too. Need we remind you of the big, dangly (diamond-encrusted) beauties that Joan and Linda often sported on Dynasty?

Yes, the 80s were a strange time indeed, but they were also wonderful. Wonderfully big, of course.

We ♥ big 80s earrings.

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~ by weheart80s on July 7, 2017.

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