Listen closely ― can you hear that? It’s the sound of beautiful, dangly little earrings hanging off the single ear of many a stylish man over these past few months.
It’s part of the shifting way we think about men’s fashion (for the better, if you ask us). In a November 2019 New York Times piece examining the trend’s rising popularity, Nick Paget, senior men’s wear editor at fashion forecasting firm WSGN explained things.
“We’ve been talking for a couple of seasons about a different kind of masculinity — soft but not fragile,” he said. “It’s for men who aren’t afraid of experimenting with their look and will probably have enlightened views on gender roles, or at least be comfortable enough with their own sexuality.”
The news further pierced its way into our hearts Monday, when social media became privy to Leo Reilly, John C. Reilly’s strikingly handsome son who, you guessed it, wears a dangly earring.
And don’t be surprised if you start seeing men in ear candy with more regularity. The impact is real.
Take a look at these h-ear-oes in all their dangly glory below.