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Of all the adult skills I haven’t yet mastered — interpersonal compromise, saving for retirement, a laundry schedule that prevents me from having to go commando — I’m perhaps worst at the “signature look.” In one week, I might play flower child in a voile dress and wood platforms on Monday, evoke Rhythm Nation-era Janet Jackson in a biker jacket and baseball cap on Wednesday, and go full-on Yohji Yamamoto in some cocoon-shaped apparatus that’s equal parts sexless and intimidating by Friday.
While throwing on investment separates in a muted palette and moving on with my day without so much as glancing in the mirror is an alluring idea, it’s just no life for me.
Since New York isn’t known for its spacious storage, though, any piece I can wear with a range of looks is invaluable. That’s why I’m head over heels for Bing Bang’s Large Triangle Hoops ($140). Somehow, they’re the perfect singular accessory for someone who wants, on any given day, to look like the curator of a particularly avant-garde gallery, a long-lost member of Salt ‘n’ Pepa, or both.
Their clean angles, rather than smooth curves like traditional hoop earrings, make them special but still versatile. They come in yellow gold, rose gold, and silver, so you can match them to whatever kind of person you feel like being on any given day. That’s my plan, anyway.