Enhance your style with earrings

After spending the beginning of the decade adorned with huge necklaces, earrings are now the lead of the game.

There are lots of benefits to wearing “high up on the face” jewels. Even the days you have to hide under layers of coats, scarves and beanies, they’ll nicely peak out. And no need to match them to the shape of your collars.

Though your hair have to be considered. If you are the lucky owner of gorgeous thick hair… it is possible that, just like a voracious plant, they swallow any earrings. On the opposite, short hair wearer will have an easy task.

The shade of your hair, of your eyes and your outfits are also factors that will help you choose the ear adornment of your day.

I/ Earring size

A/ Miniatures

By miniatures, I mean all those that are not mobile and stay close to the ear: studs, mini hoops and other tragus or helix piercings.

Those are like or default embellishments.

By the way, if you have pierced earlobes, I recommend you to always have something in them even the days you are not wearing anything because the tiniest of studs that won’t even be noticed is always better than an empty hole.

If your hole is stretched, reach for “dot” studs, that will cover accordingly.

(Note that I am not bodyshaming anyone here: just giving tips on how to be elegant).

If you have several piercing or plan on having, get them assymetrical. (but I guess no one would spontaneously do symetrical piercing …).


Dot studs

Everyday constellation default adornement

Longer miniature earring by Vanrycke

For what hairstyle? For what faceshape? 

Super thin earrings will suit everyone.

They will be noticed more on any haircuts that expose the earlobe of course.

Even if they are not seen by everyone, you now they are there and elegant. It is like wearing pretty underwear.

B/ Oversize

Oversize earrings are an efficient statement to upgrade any outfit, even the simplest.

Whether you pin them or clip them you’ll find them in a wide range of shapes, materials and colors so they do not have to be heavy.

a/ Close to the face

Stars of the eighties, they are making an applauded come back.

Classic here…

Funky on Jenny Walton

As Jenny, I like oversize shapes that “swallow” the lower part of the ear.

If you are looking for some, turn to vintage! You’ll find loads of eighties YSL and Chanel.

For what hairstyle? For what faceshape? 

They will be noticed with tied hair, pulled behind the ears, mid lenght, bobs and short hairs.

Get them round if you have sharp jawline.

b/ Pendants

Oversize pendant are the ultimate “look at me” earrings.

Especially if you get them thick, shiny or bright.

Vintage Chanel from the 70’s

If they are dangly, they’ll create a nice movement around your face.

If you worry about the weight of those divas, choose acetate or thin yet noticeable structures.

For what hairstyle? For what faceshape? 

They give volume to short or pulled hairstyles when the hair lacks. They also balance a thin face and long neck.
The longer they are, the more you need to have a long neck to pull them off.

If your neck is on the short size opt for medium lenght.

To make the earrings less impressive, you can always untie your hair if they are long.
If your hair is massive, choose them in a contrasting fabric/ color to give them a chance to be noticed.

If you have stretched earlobes, go for oversize earrings that do not pull too much and hide.

Last advice: try them on! Notice better than a real life check since fashion is no exact science.

Earrings that hide the earlobes by Louise Damas

C/ Medium sized

Perfect if you are looking for that style boost of statement earrings without being too loud.

Middle sized earrings are the most common in european costumes and many classic shapes come to mind.
If you are looking for a modern twist on your look, prefer modern versions.

Pretty Sarah Harris with creative medium sized earrings

For what hairstyle? For what faceshape? 

Sometimes medium sized earrings appear undersized on longs necks or large faces. Get the right balance.

II/ Fabric and color 

Some skins cope better with gold, others with silver, yet, in my experience as a stylist having worked with a variety of women with a variety of skintones from dark black to super fair whites, I think most ladies can cope with both!

You can even wear both intricated as does talented jewelry designer Charlotte Chesnais.

– Gold

Warm and luminous gold earrings will give a soft glow to your face.

– Silver

Colder, silver earrings may appear harsh on the face.
Perfect for those aiming for rebellious or minimalist looks.

C/ Turtleshell

Warm and soft, turtleshell warms up the blondes, and echoes hazel and reds.

Yet does not work so well on really dark and cold hair colors.

Not to match with your glasses.

Selfie à la BO en écaille

D/ Bling and diamonds

Any bling radiates even more light than gold!

Perfect to light up your face on gloomy days.

I love to wear them with casual or even grunge clothes.

Isabel Marant <3 with unkempt looking hair

E/ Mother of pearl

The earring celebrated by Vermeer makes a great come back with natural irregular shaped pearls.

They give a soft glow to the face.

Aurélie Bidermann

F/ Colors

For a lively glow without lipstick or blush, opt for red earrings!

Here Camille over the rainbow has paired them with her mules. 

For other colors, try to match them according to the complimentary color or shading colors theories that I explain on my blog and in my book. 

For instance green or blue in red or blond hair. Or against ebony skin.

Yellow on brunettes or black skins.

Green on blond

Subtle shading

III/ Earring style

A/ Simple

Simple earrings keep it low key.
They can be miniatures as aforementioned or bigger yet classical shapes like big hoops.

B/ Arty

Get an unusual shape or fabric.
At the moment, some earring ressemble Calder mobile!

Do not shy away from assymetrical. Some earrings are so bold one is enough.

C/ Baroque

A style that raises the glorious time of the european royalty.

Find your match by searching vintage Lacroix.

Beware, they are heavy!

I like the idea of wearing them with a simple or even quite grunge style.

D/ Punk ou futuristic

Atypical wears are developing. They look like piercings without the need of additional holes.

The backside earring has been seen a lot, for instance with the mise en Dior double pearl.
I recommend you to wear these on one side only.
Luckily, almost all of them are sold by the unit now.

My fav, the Massaï by Vanrycke

Fusion metal ears by Charlotte Chesnais

Ready to be daring? 

Cover collage: Jujumade and Sophie Buhai

10 Responses to “Enhance your style with earrings”
  1. Priya Sharma says:

    Selecting the correct pieces of earrings is really very important and your article has truly helped me select the right pieces based on the shape of my face. I think that this article will definitely help many people like me to select the best pieces of earrings. Thank you for sharing this article with us.

  2. Joy says:

    So glad you have started blogging again! Do you think you can do a post on how to wear chunky sneakers? And/or how to choose pant lengths? I have so much trouble with the new cropped wide pants trend. My old skinny pants are starting to look outdated.

  3. Katie says:

    I love your tips on enhancing style with earrings. Would you consider age in deciding what type of earring one might wear?

    • Aloïs Guinut says:

      Age does not really matter. If your earlobe has become a bit stretched, use earrings that cover it. If they have become weak, prefer lightweight earrings.

  4. Claire says:

    Hello Aloïs,

    Incroyable cette publication alors même que je viens d’acheter une paire de BO signée Angela Caputi, depuis le temps que j’en cherchais d’occasion à un prix raisonnable.
    Depuis 10 ans, je n’ai acheté que cette paire de BO et un collier chez Angela Caputi, les deux d’occasion.
    Sur ma liste d’envies figurent une paire de BO (orchid) et un collier (7 fishes) de Frank Gehry chez TIffany.


    • Aloïs Guinut says:

      Hello Claire, elle doivent être chouettes vos BO Angela Caputi!
      Votre collection d’accessoire minimale semble sélectionnée avec beaucoup de goût!

  5. MABdePARIS says:

    Où l’on voit qu’un accessoire n’est pas si accessoire!
    Comment toujours de nombreuses pistes à explorer…

    • V says:

      Tellement vrai !
      Ces derniers années, mes recherches se sont toujours tournées vers des grandes boucles ( créoles ou des formes plus longilignes ) portées de ma manière sporadique….je le reconnais ..en général pour des occasions : dîner, mariage etc ….
      Mais ça c’était avant ce post et cette phrase qui n’a l’air de rien « le trou vide est peu esthétique »
      Je vais commencer mon benchmark pour des puces d’oreilles « discrètes,simples,originales et efficaces
       » pour contrer ma flemme vestimentaire de certains jours.
      Bon week-end

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