Excuse Me, Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me About This Genius Earring Hack Until Now?

Honestly, I feel betrayed.

I thought I knew who my real friends were until I faced a vexing fashion crisis late last week. I was getting dressed at the gym when I realised I was missing the back to one of the big, chunky earrings I wanted to wear as an accessory to my already #Extra outfit.

Panicked, I dumped the contents of my bag in the hopes I would find a spare back. (I didn’t.) I prayed I could balance a two-pound earring in my lobe the entire day. (I couldn’t.) So I decided to do what any normal person with an ounce of confidence would do for the sake of #Fashun: I removed the backless earring and carried on pretending I had planned to rock a single one all along.

This act came to a screeching halt 15 minutes into my day when a cashier at my company cafeteria complimented me on my big, chunky, solitary piece of jewellery. I replied, practically in one breath, ‘Thanks so much, they’re from H&M, and I say ‘they’re’ because there are two earrings to the set but I lost the back of the second so I’m only wearing one. Cute, right?’

‘Oh, honey,’ she said. ‘Hasn’t anyone ever told you about the eraser trick?’

They hadn’t. I, on the other hand, am a good person. I posted my cafeteria friend’s hack on Instagram Stories to spread the wealth and will continue to pay it forward by sharing it here.

Behold: The Ultimate Hack for a Missing Earring Back

Her trick couldn’t be easier: All you do is cut the eraser from an unused pencil and pierce the pole of the earring through its centre. That’s literally it.

And it works! I wore mine for about 12 hours without any problems. About two-thirds of the people who replied to my Story were just as mind-blown as I was.

How about *you*? How are you feeling RN?

This post originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com

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