How to choose the right earrings

It’s somewhat surprising to think that a small little earring could have a big impact on an outfit — but it can! The wrong earrings can be unflattering or detract from your outfit or face — but the right choice can turn heads and highlight your best features. Here are a few simple things to consider when choosing the right earrings for your face shape or event:

Where are you headed? Formal evening or party on the books? If so, your jewelry should be classic and timeless. You could choose a simple, sparkly drop earring, pearl or diamond studs or small hoops. But if you’re just going out for dinner with friends? It’s your chance to do it up! Happy hours and dinner dates give you much more flexibility when it comes to outfits and jewelry. Have as much fun as you want! A colorful, dangly or dramatic earring can elevate a simple t-shirt and jeans instantly — and you can pair them with a heeled shoe to take it to the next level.

Consider your face shape. If your face is long you should avoid wearing earrings that dangle as they will maximize the length. However, longer earrings are perfect for individuals with heart shaped or round faces. (In these cases, simply choose the style opposite of your face shape!) Do you have a strong or square jaw line? The only cut you should avoid are square or diamond shapes — otherwise you’re just like those lucky oval-shaped faces in that you can wear most any size earring you please!

What are you wearing? Closely aligned with planning your earrings for your event — is planning your earrings with your outfit! If you’re wearing a patterned shirt, statement necklace or special neckline (maybe with lace, beading or an avant garde angle), be sure to choose an understated earring. But as we mentioned above, don’t hesitate to throw on a dramatic earring to give more distinction to a simple outfit. The important thing is to choose tasteful and fun pieces that add to your overall look. A good rule of thumb is to choose one feature of your outfit (or makeup) to take center stage, and let everything else be a supporting role.