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:
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
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:
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
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:
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
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.
Lori Ferraro is the author of
the website Drawn to
the 80s where the greatest hits of the 1980’s are illustrated by her
five-year-old son. Her blog
www.onceuponaproduct.com is where you can read about her obsessions
with make up, food, Mick Jagger, big hair, boys and yes...the 80's.