Random body piercing, loading down the body with enough body jewelry
to set of airport metal detectors and annoy homeland security
officers, is no longer a clear part of any recent fashion trend.
However, in would be innacurate and even false to say that jewelry
has completely lost or given up its place in the fashion industry.
Body jewelry--and in this category we would include ear piercings,
although we would certainly not focus on them--remains as much a
part of fashion today as it has been, although in a slightly more
toned down and understated way.
Certainly, covering every pierceable square inch of your body with
body jewelry is not desirable, or even fashionable, any more.
However, in at least one way, body jewelry is *more* a part of our
fashion mind than ever before; pierced ears, noses, navels, and
eyebrows are less frowned upon and more accepted, in the general
fashion industry, than ever before. Excess is frowned upon, and may
we never see those metal detector alarming days again. But it would
be false to deduce from that that body piercing--again, not
excluding earrings, but thinking of them as a minor part of
jewelry--is no longer acceptable in fashion circles. This simply is
In fact, as jewelry becomes more toned down and tasteful, it is
possible that we will see an ever-greater acceptance of piercings in
areas other than the ears. Certain piercings will probably never be
really acceptable--it is to be hoped not, at any rate--but
especially jewelry for the nose, tongue, eyebrows, chin, and navel
will most likely become almost as common as pierced ears, especially
as this jewelry becomes more understated, and less ostentatious. It
will probably still be considered unusual and perhaps even vulgar to
have all of these locations pierced, to have many piercings in each
location, or to wear exceptionally large or flashy body jewelry. But
even those may become more acceptable as the fashion industry
becomes accustomed to the idea that body jewelry is most likely here