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Trendy earrings are go-to accessory for summer

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Friday, May 6, 2016, 8:12 p.m.
Rosena Sammi earrings ($55), at rosenasammi.com
ROSENA SAMMI
Rosena Sammi earrings ($55), at rosenasammi.com
Coastal Collection coastal freshwater pearl earrings ($125), by designer Wendy Mignot, fine pearls and leather jewelry at wendymignot.com
WENDY MIGNOT
Coastal Collection coastal freshwater pearl earrings ($125), by designer Wendy Mignot, fine pearls and leather jewelry at wendymignot.com
Cynthia Rybakoff starry night threader earrings ($68), at cynthiarybakoff.com
CYNTHIA RYBAKOFF
Cynthia Rybakoff starry night threader earrings ($68), at cynthiarybakoff.com
Cynthia Rybakoff bar none earrings ($168), at cynthiarybakoff.com
CYNTHIA RYBAKOFF
Cynthia Rybakoff bar none earrings ($168), at cynthiarybakoff.com
Bora Bora Collection Gauguin six drop tahitian earrings by designer Wendy Mignot, fine pearls and leather jewelry ($1,500), at wendymignot.com
WENDY MIGNOT
Bora Bora Collection Gauguin six drop tahitian earrings by designer Wendy Mignot, fine pearls and leather jewelry ($1,500), at wendymignot.com
These asymmetrical dangly earrings are designed by Laurie Leonard of Penn Township, Westmoreland County. They are $70, at laurieleonarddesigns.com. Leonard will have a booth at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Downtown, June 3-7
LAURIE LEONARD DESIGNS
These asymmetrical dangly earrings are designed by Laurie Leonard of Penn Township, Westmoreland County. They are $70, at laurieleonarddesigns.com. Leonard will have a booth at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Downtown, June 3-7
The moon and star dangly earrings are designed by Laurie Leonard of Penn Township, Westmoreland County. They are $70, at laurieleonarddesigns.com. Leonard will have a booth at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Downtown, June 3-7
LAURIE LEONARD
The moon and star dangly earrings are designed by Laurie Leonard of Penn Township, Westmoreland County. They are $70, at laurieleonarddesigns.com. Leonard will have a booth at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Downtown, June 3-7
Drop Everything! Earrings ($14.99), at modcloth.com
MODCLOTH.COM
Drop Everything! Earrings ($14.99), at modcloth.com
Reverie earrings ($86), at ninashoes.com
NINA
Reverie earrings ($86), at ninashoes.com
Eiffel earrings ($95), at ninashoes.com
NINA
Eiffel earrings ($95), at ninashoes.com
Dangly earrings designed by Paul Michael Bierker, who owns Paul Michael Design in Lawrencveille. Prices start at $195.
PAUL MICHAEL DESIGN
Dangly earrings designed by Paul Michael Bierker, who owns Paul Michael Design in Lawrencveille. Prices start at $195.
Serefina peacock earrings ($53), at shopbop.com
SHOPBOP.COM
Serefina peacock earrings ($53), at shopbop.com
Oscar de la Renta tulip pave earrings ($290), at shopbop.com
SHOPBOP.COM
Oscar de la Renta tulip pave earrings ($290), at shopbop.com
Dangly earrings designed by Paul Michael Bierker, who owns Paul Michael Design in Lawrencveille. Prices start at $195.
PAUL MICHAEL DESIGN
Dangly earrings designed by Paul Michael Bierker, who owns Paul Michael Design in Lawrencveille. Prices start at $195.

Dangle earrings are a must-have accessory for spring and into summer.

Nothing can add to your wardrobe like jewelry, says Nina Miner, chief creative officer for Nina Footwear Corp. The right set can effortlessly lift and tie together your entire look, she says.

“Chandelier earrings will draw attention to the neckline and should be styled carefully with your overall outfit so as not to overtake or become too busy,” Miner says. “Drop earrings are in the direct line of vision for anyone you talk to. So they are perfect for someone whose style is more minimal and less statement making.

“They're also a great way to work color into your look. The great thing about earrings is they look fabulous on you whether you wear your hair up or down, it simply depends on the occasion and outfit you're styling them with.”

Dainty, dangly earrings, for example, are on trend for strapless dresses, while studs or thin, long earrings can show your style personality in a sharply tailored suit, Miner says.

Pair straight-edged earrings for a dramatic look with elongated necklines, or rounded curvy earrings for a look of romance with medium-length necklines. If your bone structure is more petite, be sure not to choose an earring that will overpower your beauty. Opt for more delicate pieces, Miner says.

A dangly earring looks best with off-the-shoulder tops or dresses with an open neckline, says Marissa Rubin, market director for People StyleWatch. It's a go-to look for spring and summer because women tend to wear off-the-shoulder styles in warmer weather.

Wear your hair in a top knot or half top knot to showcase the jewelry, she says. When wearing these earrings, allow them to take center stage and keep everything else in your outfit basic.

This season there are so many choices in earrings, Rubin says, from the Bohemian with fringe look to something more modern and linear that's clean and sculptural to chandelier-inspired earrings.

For those fashion-forward types, designer Laurie Leonard from Penn Township, Westmoreland County, says to be daring and go with asymmetric earrings.

“Women love the way dangly earrings feel dancing against their neck,” Leonard says.

Jewelry designer Cynthia Rybakoff loves the way long earrings brush the neck. She suggests creating an ultra-feminine look with hair swept up or back. A lightweight design is key to wearing this style.

The Boho aesthetic of leather, pearls and turquoise gives this season's favorite earrings an organic feel, says jewelry designer Wendy Mignot. From the trending look of off-the-shoulder loose tops and T-shirts, to the wardrobe staple of the little black dress, adding dangly earrings can dress it up or add a hippie flair that is the hot trend for this summer, she says.

Dangle earrings are the new way to take red carpet elegance and make it fun, says jewelry designer Paul Michael Bierker, of Paul Michael Design in Lawrenceville, who custom designs jewelry.

“When choosing dangle earrings, remember comfort comes first,” Bierker says. “The coolest fashion is useless if it's sitting in your jewelry box because you can't wear it. So love it and if you can't, restyle it.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. She can be reached at 412-320-7889 or jharrop@tribweb.com.

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