It’s always fun to shake things up when it comes to how you present your personality visually to the world. Of course, you can do this by investing in new outfits, getting a new hairstyle, or experimenting with makeup, but if you’re looking for something a little more permanent, piercings are the way to go.
Being on board with the latest piercing trends needn’t necessarily mean that you must get punctured again — if you’re happy with the piercings you currently have, there are plenty of ways to incorporate popular piercing trends with the help of jewelry alone. Although, if you can’t wait to get under the piercer’s needle again, you’ve obviously got more options available to you when it comes to the latest swoon-worthy trends.
There were plenty of rad piercing trends in 2016 ranging from constellation piercings inspired by clusters of stars, to chic ear suspenders. In line with the fashion industry’s obsession with nostalgia, body mods followed suit and classic ’90s piercings made a comeback too. But, what does the year ahead have in store for stylish piercing trends? I spoke with a professional piercer to find out.
“One of the big trends I see picking up steam this year is the comeback of the navel. It kind of had a hiatus for a while — it just lost its popularity. But I’m seeing a lot more young and middle-aged women getting their navels pierced again,” says Brian Keith Thompson, celebrity piercer and owner of Body Electric Tattoo, in an email to Bustle.
“So that’s exciting, because I like that piercing. I think it’s a very cool piercing,” says Thompson. However, he adds, “There’s this stigma attached to it that once you get to a certain age you can’t have it any more, and I disagree. I think that the only time you’re too old for a piercing is when you’re dead. That’s when you’re officially too old.”
“I also think you’re going to see a continuation of what we saw in 2016,” explains Thompson, “the small, dainty hoops, a lot of the eclectic, asymmetrical styles for the ears. I think you’re going to see a continuation of that.” This is good news for folks who got a trend led piercing last year; you won’t have to go back to the drawing board if you want to keep on top of the latest trends.