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80s Earrings: Lacquer Lightning

By Lori Ferraro

So, I have a confession to make.

I have always been, and forever will be...an earring junkie.

Look at my current collection, which has recently been pared down:

80s Earrings


My collection has always required a “rack” “holder” or an “over-the-back-of-the-closet-door-vinyl-thingy” that I had back in the 80’s.

In the little pockets of the over-the-door-vinyl-thingy (I think that was the technical name for it) you could find a million pairs of these, in every color of the rainbow:

80s Earrings

All the cool girls wore these earrings.

And I did too.

Bright colors, glossy, sometimes hammered or folded enamel in geometric shapes purchased in mass quantities at stores like Contempo Casuals and Lerner New York.

They usually came on a little card where you could get a few different shapes in the same color. So, when I wore my favorite all-teal outfit, I had the choice of teal squares, teal triangles or teal hoops. I chose the hoops.

80s Earrings

I would lay out my earrings on the floor with the rest of my crime-scene-dead-body outfit the night before school. Making the right accessory decision was crucial...if I wore my red and white striped shirt, I was going to wear my shiny red squares. And when I wore my lavender shirt, I was going to wear my giant lavender rectangles. Or maybe the triangles?

This was hard work.

I also remember having them in various shiny colors that were a curly corkscrew shape like this:

80s Earrings

But my FAVORITES were an iridescent white pair that were shaped like lightning bolts. Honestly, I still think about those earrings today. They were a glowy white and I wore them a lot.

I lost one of the two and gave the remaining one to my boyfriend, Alan. How romantic, I know. He had longish, curly hair (a perm) and I loved seeing that little shimmer of bolt peeking out from his blonde, curly locks.

My “go to” earrings today are no-brainer, kind of boring silver hoops. They’re pretty, light and go with everything. There’s just one thing that they’re not.

Lightning bolts.

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