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10 Pairs of Arty Earrings to Make Any Outfit More Interesting

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We all have that friend who can’t go to a museum without waxing poetic about the genius of abstract expressionism or les Fauves. Maybe you are that friend. In which case, try bringing that cultural appreciation into your wardrobe with a new pair of art-inspired earrings.

Big and bold but not gaudy, the art-history earring has blown up on Instagram and landed on some of your favorite e-commerce sites. With abstract shapes and thin lines, these lightweight, dangly pieces make even jeans and a T-shirt seem exciting. Read on for ten pairs that would certainly get the Jerry Saltz seal of approval. As Picasso said himself, “Great artists steal.”

Paola Vilas Klee Earrings

These come from Paola Vilas, the Brazilian designer at the helm of the trend. Though her collection lifts inspiration from Breton, Braque, and the surrealists, her nod to Paul Klee — the German-Swiss painter known for colorful, Cubist-influenced stick figures — is uniquely cool.

Knobbly Studio Abstract Nude with Nipple Mismatched Earrings

Abstract enough as to not make it obvious you’re wearing a nude body on your ears. Plus, they’re asymmetrical, hitting all the trends.

Statement Metal Shape Earrings

If the Whitney exhibit gave you Calder fever, these mobile earrings will help satisfy. Their shapes also recall the abstract expressionist paintings of Joan Miró and Wassily Kandinsky.

Annie Costello Brown Matisse Earrings

There’s nothing quite like a Matisse: bright, buoyant, bold. These earrings recall his iconic cut-outs with their curved geometry and two-dimensional form.

Closer by Wwake Sterling Silver Earrings

Wwake designer Wing Yau has a degree in sculpture, which helps inform her design aesthetic. The artful folds on these hoops give them a sophisticated edge.

Face Earrings

Take a cue from Sita Abellan and wear a face on your face.

Faris Mobile Earrings

If you can’t have a Calder mobile in your garden, let these dangle off your ears.

Mango Metal Pendant Earrings

The perfectly misshapen blobs on these earrings recall a David Hockney bean pool.

Face It Earrings

For all those two-faced Geminis out there.

Simone Rocha Gold-Plated Earrings

Hoops in standard circles? Not for the art girl.

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10 Pairs of Arty Earrings to Make Any Outfit More Exciting