You might find it hard to believe that picking the right pair of earrings is similar to purchasing a well-fitted shirt: It has to be fashioned in the perfect cut that fits you to the T. So, don’t be swayed by the endless array of options available out there — when it comes to earrings, there’s no one size fits all. Hoops for instance, are not kind to those with rounder features. Always check your face shape first and consider these tips before your next accessory purchase.
Bjørg Jewellery earrings, $327
If you have a square face
What it is: The length between your forehead to chin is equidistant to the length between your cheeks.
Avoid: Drop earrings that end at the jaw, as well as angular pieces. These will simply accentuate your masculine jawline.
Go for: Hoops of all sorts. Traditional gold-plated hoops are your best bet for a classy and simple look, or go for bright and bold pieces to add a splash of colour to your LBD. If you don’t want to give up on drop earrings, get something that’s short and does not fall at the level of your jawline.
Balenciaga earrings from Net-A-Porter, $586
Spice up your traditional hoops with earrings that come with silk scarf details. Go all out with this bold pair by wearing it with a scarf printed maxi dress.
H&M earrings, $14.95
Love a set of pearl earrings, but can’t afford the real deal? Not only is this retro-style piece from H&M highly affordable, it will look stunning when worn with a simple t-shirt and denim jeans combo.
Beaufille earrings from Net-A-Porter, $387
If you have a round face
What it is: The circumference of your face is rounder with no visible harsh jawline.
Avoid: Hoops as it’ll simply make your face even rounder.
Go for: Square or oblong earrings to visually break the circular shape of your face. For drop earrings, opt for those that are super long (à la Hollywood style) as it’ll create the illusion of a longer face.
Rosantica earrings from Net-A-Porter, $703
Let the crystal embellished detail on these dramatic Rosantica earrings shine, by pairing it with a black blazer suit. If you’re in the mood for a dramatic effect, wear this with a bouffant silk gown during your bestie’s wedding.
Zara earrings, $29.90
The trapeze shape of these Zara earrings makes it more contemporary as opposed to traditional rectangular pieces. Match them with a blazer dress for mornings and a sequin party frock for a girl’s night out.
Tiffany & Co. single ear stud, $308
If you have an oval face
What it is: The length between your forehead to chin is longer than the length between your cheeks.
Avoid: Nothing. You’re blessed with a universally attractive face shape that can carry off any type of ear accessory.
Go for: A simple stud during working hours and something fancier, like a pair of statement earrings, for the night. If your features are slightly longer (aka long oval), go for a pair that’s wider to balance out the width of your face.
Pernille Lauridsen earring from Net-A-Porter, $910
Don’t be mainstream with your ear adornments — sometimes, a show-stopping, statement piece is just what you need to turn your ensemble from zero to 100. Show off the intricacies of this pair by sweeping your hair back into a high ponytail. Finish the look off by wearing it with a white summer mini dress.
Lovisa earrings, $23
A simple pair of rose gold floral studs is a highly versatile accessory. Pair these with a white shirt and a midi skirt for a boardroom meeting and a slinky slip dress when you’re hitting the bar.
Hillier Bartley single earring from Matchesfashion, $146
If you have a heart-shaped face
What it is: Length between your temples is longer than the lower parts of your facial feature (i.e. inverted triangle).
Avoid: Inverted triangle earrings, or thin drop earrings as they do not have the substantial “weight” to balance out your top heavy facial shape.
Go for: Bottom heavy earrings that fall at or below your chin (think triangular shaped earrings). This will help to bring volume and weight to the lower half of your face.
Dannijo earrings from Brownsfashion, $264
Add a dose of colour to your ensemble with a pair of multi-coloured crystal earrings. Wear this with a white off-the-shoulder top to let the bright sparkles stand out.
Zara earring, $29.90
The cheeky tiger motifs add a dose of quirkiness to this pair of sophisticated earrings. Spice it up with a floral printed dress and a pair of tan sandals for the weekend.
Timeless Pearly drop earrings from Matchesfashion, $337
If you have a diamond-shaped face
What it is: Length between your cheeks is relatively wide. The length from your forehead to nose is equidistant to the length from your nose to chin.
Avoid: Anything that’s chunky and wide will make your face appear longer horizontally.
Go for: Drop earrings that can end at any level. We recommend texturised pieces that add volume to the lower part of your face shape.
Alessandra Rich earrings from Net-A-Porter, $603
Bring out your inner diva with this larger-than-life crystal set from Alessandra Rich. Let the pieces pop by wearing them with a simple and sophisticated midi dress.
Topshop earrings, $33.90
Let your femininity shine with these oval drop earrings that sport pink crystals. Complement them with a Living Coral maxi.