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Why Pat Butcher should be your new style icon

The bigger the better is the mantra when it comes to earrings for the autumn, says Katie Wright

When the dangly earring trend came about last year, little did we know it was only just getting started.

Back then, wearing one long earring with a stud or slightly smaller version in the other lobe was de rigueur, but now the swinging look is set to get bigger - in every sense of the word. This season, it's all about huge earrings in (gasp!) both ears - meaning autumn's foremost style icon is none other than EastEnders' Pat Butcher.

Played by Pam St Clement for more than 25 years, the one-time Queen Vic landlady was famous for her extensive collection of weird and wonderful ear candy.

Now more recently on the catwalks (where jewellery usually takes a back seat), models have been adorned with earrings so big, that it's a wonder their skinny frames can take the weight.

From Marni to Armani, Stella McCartney to Saint Laurent, huge hoops and quirky, sparkly strands are everywhere.

On the high street, costume jewels abound, with Eighties-style gold and crystal-embellished styles proving popular - and many of them are clip-ons, because you'd have seriously droopy earlobes if they weren't. Bling not your thing? Try a graphic Marni-inspired pair made from tortoiseshell or resin. What to wear them with? With this trend, literally anything goes. Use your mega-bling to jazz up an LBD by night, or add a tonal pair to this season's prairie dress by day. Ready to shop the look? Have a butchers at these eight Pat-worthy pairs.

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