Does anyone else remember when everyone used to post on Instagram using the caption “arm candy?” People would show off all of their bracelets and how they were stacked together. Well, these thrifted earrings are what I lovingly refer to as ear candy. I like to think of every item that I buy as an ingredient. You know, an item that can be delicious on its own or together. That is how I make the most of every single jewelry purchase.
I recently talked about how I make the decision to buy thrifted items. Spoiler alert: there are three questions that I ask myself before I buy something. One of my favorite rules since going sartorially minimal is how many ways that a certain piece can be worn. I use it every single time I pick up an item — including jewelry.
Some people buy jewelry because they fall in love with it at first glance. Sometimes I do the same thing. But, because I now live in a one bedroom apartment with my boyfriend, I do not have the luxury of that kind of storage. I have one tiny jewelry box to hold all of my treasures. That means that — for the time being — I need to be a little pickier about what I bring into my home.
Jewelry is one of my favorite things to shop at the thrift store. There are always tons of different options ranging from costume jewelry to real gold to look through. Two of my favorites that I found are my gold hoops and gold bar studs. Typically, I go from one to the other from day to day. Until now.
I decided to make the most of my two favorite thrifted earrings and combine them into one look. I have my singles and doubles pierced in my ears, so I could easily wear them both. It was a weekend and I had a bit more time to experiment with my look, so I took advantage of it.
My hoops are, well, just hoops. I’m sure that there has been someone out there who has worn them another way, but I am not that bold. So into the first earring spot they went. I decided to take the second piercing for a spin with the gold bar thrifted earrings.
I normally wear the gold bars vertically, so that the bar hangs slightly off of my ear. While I could have kept it this way, I decided to twist it horizontally and make it look like an ear climber instead.
I ended up really loving the way that it turned out! I just had to make sure to tighten them a bit tighter than usual to keep them in place. They ended up staying in place all day. I even had some people that had already seen my gold bars as me where I bought the earrings.
Now, this is not rocket science. I don’t expect to blow your mind with my thrifted earrings. It’s just another example of how you can take something you already love and make it even more versatile in your wardrobe. It’s simple, but it transforms an average look to be a little more trendy. With one twist of an earring, you can have two pairs in one. Not to mention that you save money and they only take up one spot in your jewelry box. It’s a win-win.
That, my friends, is how you keep your wardrobe fresh while still sticking to minimal items.
I love making small tweaks to my clothing, just like I did with these thrifted earrings. Take a sweater, layer it over a dress, and tie it in the front. New outfit! Take an open-front jacket and tie it at the bottom. Or add a belt. New outfit! It really is that simple. One small tweak, and you get a completely new look.
Now let’s focus on why I love these two particular earrings so much. The biggest reason is that they are timeless. No matter how much time passes, I will always love these earrings. That is a big win in my book. That’s also why these are such a go-to in my wardrobe. Whether I’m wearing prints or solids, these earrings will compliment my look.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good statement necklace or earrings. I’m just not good at them. Simplistic style is much more of my thing. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t go minimal, if you love statement pieces.
As long as you see the item working in more than one outfit, you are good to go. If you’re looking to go minimal, the best advice that I can give you is to not overthink it. Buy what makes you comfortable. There are no rules when it comes to fashion. Except, you know, the ones that you make yourself.
These earrings were both $1 each — 99 cents, to be exact.
The price makes them even more lovable, I will admit. I’ve had these hoops for longer than I can even remember. While they aren’t the most sturdy set of hoops, they have not let me down yet. The gold bars are the ones I got more recently. I found them while digging through a giant pile of earring at Salvation Army. It was pretty much love at first sight, and I didn’t even think twice about adding them to my jewelry box.
Like I said, this tip is nothing monumental. You probably could have thought of it yourself, to be honest. But I love sharing little creative tips with you, so you can see how I think when styling. Forget the rules that people tell you and try and make your own. It’s fun, and gives you even more freedom with your fashion. Be warned though — once you start experimenting, you won’t be able to stop!