If you thought Christmas earrings were the same kind that delighted you aged 10 (you know, the flashing snowmen and tinsel trees found in Claire’s Accessories), think again. While we fully encourage you to embrace bad taste during the festive season with glittery manicures, naff knits and sequin everything, it’s kind of a waste to buy jewellery you’ll never wear again.

There’s a happy medium here. Come December, you can go bigger and sparklier, but there’s no need to throw all your typical preferences out of the window. Evening wear is all about '80s references this season; so if in doubt, just cast your mind back to Dynasty, Princess Diana or the OG YSL and you’ll be on the right track.



From crystal star studs and embellished hoops, to chandelier drops and shoulder-grazing door-knockers, we’ve found 15 pairs of Christmas earrings each existing somewhere on a scale of subtle-to-extra-AF – without reaching novelty territory, obvs.

Obvs in no way would we ever dare to diss Claire's, the creator of all our tweenage swag – we're just saying be careful before you get sucked into a whole world of novelty. First, it's just the one pair of jingle bell earrings and the next thing you know, you're getting a new piercing to make room for your purchases.

Tear drop crystals, ruby red tones, gold-plating and pearls – these Oscar De La Renta clip-ons are ticking all the festive boxes. Wear them with leg-off-mutton sleeve mini dresses to tap into current trends this Christmas.

With their triple-star silhouette, these shoulder-grazing earrings feel super playful. Draw attention to them – and keep things chic – with a low bun and all-black outfit.

Statement-making but far from brash, if you're looking for a festive investment, these Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen earrings are spot on. Cast from 18-karat gold in a chandelier shape, each branch is dotted with diamond leaves and finished with an iridescent moonstone drop.

Edge of Ember loves a star motif; so if you like to keep it simple at Christmas, look to the brand for dainty pieces that will feel relevant long after 25 December.

Rebecca de Ravenel's signature 'Les Bonbons' earrings look a little bit like Christmas tree baubles. They're also plated in gold and dotted with green and red crystal for allll the festive feels.

Anissa Kermiche X Rejina Pyo's Kinetic earrings might have been first spotted on the spring/summer runway, but the intricate gold frame and pearl pendants means they're also ideal for Christmas events. Showcase yours with swept-back hair.

Ever since Isabel Marant first sent models down the runway wearing crystal ear 'jackets' to cement her '80s aesthetic, we've been obsessed. This not-so-spenny Monsoon version is a good way to dip your toe into the trend. Wear a pair with 20 denier tights and a tuxedo blazer at Christmas and NYE parties.

Made from etched gold-plated metal and set with red resin gems, these Kenneth Jay Lane hoops have a luxe vintage feel. Wear yours with fluffy knitwear at Xmas dins.

Gold-plated and centred with green onyx, Monica Vinader's 'Siren' earrings are the definition of subtly festive. The simple drop shape makes them super versatile – that's why they are Kate Middleton's go-to pair for public engagements.

Don't worry, you don't have to stick to silver and red palettes. The soft pink and purple hues in Roxanne Assoulin's 'Drip Drop' earrings will translate all year round.

From Leandra Medine's collection for Mango, these twisted gold hoops have a Baroque vibe, but the irregular faux pearl keeps them looking modern. They'll work with both boho loose waves looks and a boujee low-bun-and-red-lips sitch.

Missoma's dainty, crystal-encrusted crescent moon and star studs are ideal for Christmas celebrations. Wear them solo for a simple effect or layer them up if you have multiple piercings.

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The London-based jewellery brand editors everywhere can't get enough of, Daphine is known for its elegant gold designs in clean, sculptural shapes. But that doesn't mean it can't glam up for the hols; dotted with sparkling crystals, the 'Cosmos' hoops are proof that Christmas can be an elegant affair. Plus, you'll definitely be wearing them all through 2020.

Crystal drop earrings are ideal for Christmas lewks, but they're also made for all of the high-octane glam evening wear – LBDs, Tuxedo blazers, trouser suits – already lurking in your wardrobe.

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