It’s undeniable that earrings are the accessory this summer — whether over-sized, sporting tassels or featuring ball-drops.
But when choosing statement earrings, you want to make sure they flatter your features, which means considering your face shape.
As the creator of Carla C Accessories and blogger behind this fashion-jewellery-loving site, I’ve put together a handy guide to help you find the perfect ear-candy for your lobes, as follows:
OVAL FACE SHAPE (forehead not too wide, the line from your forehead blends with your high cheekbones)
Pearls, teardrops and chandeliers (any drops actually!) and oval styles complement your noggin’s natural contours. Triangular earrings or simple studs also show off those razor-sharp cheekbones. Luckily for oval-faced beauties pretty much anything looks fab, so go forth and experiment!
ROUND (rounder cheeks, overall circular form to face)
Drop earrings and long dangles will help elongate your features. Even better, try long skinny earrings with a slight twist or a curve. Avoid large circular earrings, hoops and button/round studs or drop earrings with dangling round discs, which will only emphasise the roundness. No circles, basically 🙂
HEART (forehead wider than cheeks, face narrows towards chin)
To balance your naturally triangular face shape, try ear-bling, which is wider at the bottom than the top, such as chandeliers. Soft curves like teardrop styles also flatter. Steer clear of earrings that taper at the end, plus studs.
SQUARE (similar width of forehead, cheeks and jawline)
To soften your face’s natural angles, think medium to long earrings with rounded edges, plus hoops, and earrings with dangles and dimension. Opt for exaggerated shapes and studs, and oval shapes and circular earrings, or earrings that are longer than they are wide. Best to avoid square studs or any kind of earring involving a square.
NARROW (your face’s defining characteristic is its length with less emphasis on the width of your forehead or cheeks)
To widen your face and make it look fuller, opt for any type of round earring, such as studs, clustered earrings, hoops in a medium to large size, and ear-adornment with lots of volume. Short dangles and pearls will also help draw the eye across your face horizontally.
DIAMOND (narrower forehead and chin than cheekbones)
To balance the angles of your face, go for earrings with more width than length like teardrops and chandeliers. Earrings that are close to the ear, like small hoops, dangles and studs, also earn a thumbs-up.
Sometimes rules are meant to broken though. So says Adelaide personal stylist Danielle Rabah, pictured, behind Style Unicorn. “In my opinion, if you love it, wear it! The only ‘rule’ I would advise upon as a stylist is in relation to long earrings. Ideally the wearer will have a longer neck to allow for the drop; nothing worse than earrings folding at the base of the neck. Otherwise, GO BIG, GO BOLD, especially if the earrings are going to be the star of the outfit.”
Here’s also a glossary to some of the latest earring styles going around for your ear-stack:
- Ear jackets — here, the emphasis is on the back of the earring! An ornamental piece clips onto the post from behind the lobe, and it hangs and follows the curve of the ear.
- Climbers — these long, curved accessories ‘climb’ up the ear and hug its contours, drawing attention to your eyes and cheekbones.
- Cuffs — this earring alternative doesn’t require a piercing. They’re generally worn squeezed onto the top or side of your ear or can even be attached to a stud down below via a chain.
- Threads — this ear-bling often consists of a fine chain with a post at one end. As it sounds, the post is used to thread the earring through your ear; the advantage is you get a long earring with lots of motion when worn.
- Bars —with no piercings required, the sleek and modern bar can slide down the top of your ear like a paperclip.
My author friend, Lilliana Rose, also has what’s known as “ear art”. I grilled her about the what and why, as follows:
“I have 10 piercings in my ears – including the earlobes!” Lilliana says. “I like them because I can put in some small earrings with sparkle and it’s subtle as my hair usually covers my ears. Also I can leave them in all the time as I don’t like to fuss with changing them.
“I don’t wear a lot of jewellery so I like that I’ve got earrings in, especially those with sparkle!
“I would like a forward helix and a snug piercing…but I’m not game, LOL. Sometimes they take a little while to heal, and while healing, they are painful to sleep on. Of course, it’s worth it for the ‘look’, and with some shiny studs, it looks nice IMHO :)”
Need some new ear ‘frosting’, as they called it in How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days? 😉 Carla C Accessories is stocked at Adelaide city boutique Relove and via its online store, as well as at Mockingbird Lounge in Glenelg.