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Seven Pairs of Doorknocker Earrings to Elevate Winter Outfits

Arm parties and expertly layered necklaces are great—except in winter, when bare limbs and necklines are hidden like, 70 percent, of the time. Cold weather kills my motivation to accessorize (along with my will to do anything other than watch Downton Abbey), since I know most people I bump into will only see my giant parka, boots, scarf and windchapped face anyway.

But maybe I'll invest in a pair of doorknocker earrings to distract from my bulky ensemble and red cheeks. They're the laziest way to look a little bit more glamorous in even the most industrious winter outfit. Or, with a cocktail dress and studded anything, they conjur Madonna's devastatingly cool '80s look—without the Aquanet or shoulder pads.

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On top of that brassy, antique finish, the name's kinda awesome.

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Relatively simple in design, it's the size that makes them interesting.

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Leave it to office favorite SUNO to make earrings with such an eye-catching contrast.

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A little bit of color that's not overwhelming on such a bold shape.

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So much more distinctive than plain gold hoops.

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The animal motif is pretty subtle, making these panther doorknockers much more versatile than they sound.

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Go ahead and rationalize them as a future hand-me-down or a collector's piece.

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