5 Tips for Choosing Earrings

Don't get suckered into a crazy trend!

Don’t get suckered into a crazy trend!

Dear Deborah,

I’ve found that Earrings are a great way to add some life to my wardrobe. The only problem is there are so many out there, I have no idea what kind to buy. Can you give me some tips for what to look for and what is currently in style?

Anne — Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Hi Anne,

The most important thing is not to get suckered into wearing a pair of earrings that are  “currently in style” but do not suit you. (Believe me, it’s not just young gals like Jessica Simpson who fall for ridiculous trends.)

Don’t get me wrong. Earrings are a wonderful way to perk up your face and make you look classy and fabulous after 40. There are many things to consider when choosing the right pair.  The most important is:

Face Shape

These will slim a round face. Round Face? If your face is round and you end up gaining a few pounds after 40, you can really look very wide and full. Wear long earrings to make you face look slimmer. Avoid  large circular earrings, hoops and studs.
This will widen a long face Long face? Avoid long earrings. Try round earrings to widen your face, and make it look fuller.
Ovals soften a square jaw Square Jaw? Rounded edges or oval shapes soften things up.  Circular earrings and Hoops will work.
Chandelier earrings look fill in a heart shaped face. Heart Shaped Face? Counterbalance your sharp chin with chandelier or tear drop earrings that fill in the bottom half of your face.

Oval Shaped Face? You can wear almost anything, but triangular earrings or simple studs will show off your lovely cheekbones best!

Here are a few favorites:

good for long or oval face Nice choice for square jaw
lovely for heart shaped or oval shaped cute on average width face

Want to know the second most important thing to consider when choosing earrings? Check out this other post on  BONE STRUCTURE.


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  1. Very interesting post. You’ve just made earring selection MUCH easier. While I’m pretty sure (I haven’t checked yet) that all the earrings I own look good on me, I have a wide variety. So, sometimes, when I’m feeling vulnerable and the Right Earrings feels Extremely Important, I’ll vacillate between 2 or 3 pairs. You’ve saved me time and emotional energy. Thanks.

    Interestingly, my most recent article posted to my website and various directories was about jewelry, as well: Use jewelry to support your feng shui intentions! If you’re curious: http://bit.ly/18Vd73

    • Hi Kathleen,
      I’m glad that you liked the post! I went to your site and think your test on Feng Shui is really fun!
      Welcome and hope to hear back from you soon!
      Cheers! Deborah

  2. Hi Pam,
    That is good point you make. Also you want to make sure that the “tone” of the jewelry matches the outfit. For example, a casual look goes with casual earrings.

  3. The other thing you need to keep in mind when selecting earrings is the type of neckline you will be wearing. Being a jewelry freak, I pick out my earring first and then dressed around them. I’m not kidding.

  4. Re Oval face and short neck, I agree with Deborah. Try some length for earrings. Look for earrings that have the attention at the lobe and then a dangle rather than the punch of attention at the bottom of the dangle.

  5. Great tips! Thanks for that info

  6. Interesting and gave me lot’s to think about.
    Liked it!

  7. Hautblossom says:

    Thanks, Glam Gal Deborah!

  8. Hautblossom says:

    Thanks for the great tips! I have an oval face but I tend to stick to studs or very short dangling earrings because I have a short neck. Am I too conservative? Can I get away with pretty dangly earrings?

    • Long earrings will lengthen a long face and if you have a short neck make your neck look shorter, so it sounds like you are on the right track generally. However, life is not about looking perfect!!! Looking perfect is boring.

      If you you see a pair of longish earrings that you just adore because they are just “so you”,… or, that for example, have beautiful stones in them that make your eyes sparkle like diamonds, buy them. Earring length isn’t everything. Go ahead and break the rules sometimes. Follow your heart and be true to yourself to find your own unique style.

  9. Interesting Post, Thanks.

  10. Jorgina says:

    I have very large ear lobes. It’s hard to find earrings that work for this. What do you suggest?

    • Hi Jorgina,
      One thing with large ear lobes is that you don’t want to try to wear tiny earrings. This will just make your lobes seem larger. Instead, go with dangles or large hoops which will draw the eye downward away from your ears.

  11. Wow. Good question, VERY helpful answers! And really beautiful earring selections, too. Great post!