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This post covers which style of ear jewelry to wear when and where depending on your primary personal style.



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Types of Ear Embellishments


Ear Jackets

Ear jackets are the newest trend. They embellish the ear from both sides. When it comes to investing into a pair of ear jackets 14K gold without or with pearls is your best bet, no matter of your personal style. Yellow gold, rose gold and pearls are all timeless and work for so many dressing situations. A pair in gold looks great on all women in the warm color family. If your belong to the cold color family go for cool color pearls.

Pearl pieces are perfect for brides, especially, when wearing an up-do. More on all you need to know about the ear jacket trend.


red head donning an edgy ear jacket with a pearl on the weekend
Example of what ear jewelry to wear on the weekend. “Pearl Earring with Spiked Ear Jacket, Red Hair, and Rook Piercing” by petitepanoply is licensed with CC BY-SA 2.0.



Ear jackets are a favorite among women in midlife. Since they distribute their weight on both sides of the lobe, and the two pieces balance each other. Consequently, you can avoid the ugly sagging look you often see when mature women wear studs.


Another advantage: Golden and/or pearl ear jackets are work appropriate even in the corporate style world.



Ear Cuffs

Ear cuffs are a favorite among young women. Like ear jackets they can show on both sides of the ear. However, they are usually less discrete than the former. Read more edgy and not work appropriate. They are great for the Drama Queen for going out or street style.


signature Rock n Roll style ear cuff with leather and chains
One-of-a-kind signature leather ear cuff from ONYX XOXO that made me think “Wow, I wish I had had that when I was in college.”




Both studs and ear jackets need piercing. Studs only have adornment on one side. When featuring just metal or gemstones or pearls, they are great for work. Those that have long dangling ethnic  inspired or geometric  hangers work well with Bohemian Style or dramatic style.


classic studs to wear at the office when in a corporate work place
Left: Feldspart Sterling silver studs. Right: Classic half sphere sterling silver studs. Both pairs made by me.



Hoops, Chandeliers, Drop Earrings and Dangles

Dangling earrings, drop earring, loops and including chandeliers typically have quite some length. Therefore, they easily catch in sweaters. More on how to wear the drop earring trend.

Dangling, drop earrings and chandeliers are best worn with shoulder-free attire in summer for going out or for formal or semi-formal affairs like a ball or an afternoon wedding.

Perennially, loops pop up as a trend, but look yesteryear once the trend is over. They look odd on most women unless you have a rectangular or square face shape. More on how to pick the best earrings for your face shape and personal style.


Wear Ear Jewelry that Suits the Life You Live Today

When accessorizing with earrings there is more to consider than just face shape and personal style. When choosing the right pair as finishing touch for your outfit, you have also consider the occasion.

Where will you don them?


Earrings at Work or the Office

When answering a phone is a large part of your job, studs are best. Chandeliers and anything dangly namely cause noise when you are on the phone. The noise is distracting for the person on the other side of the line … and unprofessional.


Stylist advice: The more conservative or traditional the office, the more conservative the earring.

Not wearing your investment pieces is like tossing them. Diamonds are not just for dressing for the opera and holidays. On the contrary, diamond, pearl, gold and white gold studs in classic styles are associated with power and authority.

Imagine a CEO, banker, lawyer, financial advisor or executive officer with dangly, hoop or large earrings! It seems just wrong, right? These types of earrings have an off duty vibe. Therefore, they look unprofessional for a 9-to-5 employee unless you are in a creative field like a sales person in a boutique, artist, fashion blogger.


Tip: Substitute white gold with Sterling silver to save. But polish them regularly because air with high amount of sulfur-components blackens silver.


Off Duty

Show your personal style with earrings for your best look. Go wild! Wear what you want! Forget about what people expect from you. Have fun!

Advice: Be you! Everyone else is already taken!


What Ear Jewelry to Wear at the Beach?

Straw, fringes, wood beads, wooden earrings look great with a sundress, beach cover-up. When your hair is long, you may easily loose pieces that have just a hook. You take your hair back to make a pony tail, and there they go! Once fallen into the sand, it’s plain luck to find them. Like searching for the needle in the haystack. Therefore, go either with cheap versions or add a plastic stopper in the back.

Stylist advice: Stay away from plastic crabs, hummers, anchors, sailing boots, etc. They are kitschy, and for teenagers or kids.


Which Ear Jewelry Is Best for the Holidays?

Really? Give those snowmen, pumpkins, Santas, candy canes, gift boxes, Christmas bulbs, straw stars, and Easter bunny earrings to your grandkids, if you have any, to charity otherwise. Keep the Russian Egg, if you have one! Look your best with jewelry that matches your face, outfit and style.

When you dress for a family reunion for the holidays wearing some family heirlooms is a great idea. Doing so makes it less awkward to talk to new family additions or family members whom you barely know. The heirloom provides a great opportunity to talk about the earrings’ fashion history in your family, if you know the background story.


Consider the Season of the Year

Why? Your knit scarf or turtleneck can catch your chandeliers and/or dangly earrings. Ouch! Not fun! Not to mention that they may harm your clothes. In cold weather, like winter in Alaska, long earrings may hit your skin. Since they are at the same temperature as the ambient air, such a contact may hurt. Metal pieces can even freeze to moist skin at 40 below and colder. That’s why I wear the leaf ear jewelry (photo below) only in summer.

Tip: In winter, hanging one of them in a beaded necklace makes a great pendant.


examples for which style of ear jewelry to wear when and where
Examples of pieces that easily get caught in knits. Left: Sterling silver leaf with diamanté. Right: Dyed rose quarts dangling ear piece. Both pairs are gifts from my husband.




Wrapping Up Which Style of Ear Jewelry to Wear When and Where

Various styles of earrings exist. They enhance your face and are great accessories when worn at the right event with the right attire. Every woman should own at least a classic pair.


What kind of earrings are the most suitable for you? Do you already own them or is your jewelry box full of the wrong pieces for the life you live? In the latter case, you may like to read what to keep when you update your jewelry.


Photos of me: G. Kramm

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Lucy Bertoldi

    I haven’t worn ear cuffs in awhile! Thanks for the reminder- and I love all these pieces. Have a great weekend xx

  2. Hilda Smith

    As always Nicole you give great tips.

  3. sparksfit

    Good tips. Visiting from the spread the kindness link up.