When choosing earrings you may have a personal preference for drop earrings, stud earrings or hoops. The occasion and outfit will also heavily influence your earring choice but beyond these choices do you know which earring styles best flatter you?
There is so much variety in earring design that when choosing new earrings it can be difficult to know where to start. In our jewellery shops a regular comment from customers is that they lack confidence in knowing the best earring styles to suit them. With this is mind we've put together this simple guide to choosing the perfect earrings to complement your features.
You may be surprised to learn that your facial structure can influence which earring designs look best on you. Different styles of earring can make your face look wide, thin, long or short depending on your face shape. Our best tip for choosing earrings that really flatter is to first decide what shape your face is. Take a look and decide which shape best describes you.
Oval Shape FaceOval faces feature foreheads and cheekbones of about the same width. The face then narrows from the cheeks to the chin, creating an oval shape. Women with oval shaped faces are lucky enough to suit almost every style of earring. Try a modern threader earring for something different, like these pull-through feather drop earrings. An angular style like our Interlocking Pinnacle drop earrings creates a contrast against an oval face shape. If you prefer to wear a stud earring then why not mirror your features with our Cherry Amber Oval Studs, to beautifully echo an oval shaped face.
Triangle Shaped Face
If your forehead is wider than your cheeks and the lower half of your face narrows then you have a triangle, or heart-shaped, face. In this case, you may want to counterbalance your narrower jawline with chandelier or teardrop earrings. Earrings that are wider at the bottom than the top help to fill out the lower portion of your face. We love these gold vermeil teardrop dangling earrings. The earrings are opposite to your face shape, creating a lovely counter-balance. If you prefer a stud earring you can still follow the same simple rule of going for the opposite to your face shape. Why not try these classic sterling silver teardrop stud earrings? Instead of creating a counter-balance to your heart-shaped face you may instead want to emphasise it. A simple heart shape stud earring is an effective way to highlight your delicate face shape.
Round shaped face
The widest point of a round face is across the cheekbones, with the face then narrowing at both the forehead and jaw line. To balance a round face, longer, dangling earrings look great. A slim, elongated style is a great choice to lengthen the face. Earrings like these long hook-through earrings are elegant and feminine. If you have a round face, you may want to avoid round hoops that echo the face shape, but that doesn’t mean you need to avoid hoops altogether. An elongated hoop such as these oval hoop earrings are a great choice. The rule of opposites also works well for round faces - you will really suit angular styles. Why not try a strong square shape, like our textured square stud earrings?
Square shaped face
If you have a square face the lower half of the face is generally as wide as both the cheekbones and forehead. If you want to balance a more square jawline and soften stronger features then we recommend following the rule of opposites and choosing curving earring designs. These interlocking circles stud earrings will look fantastic. For a drop earring we recommend choosing a long circular design, like these open circles drop earrings. Large, round hoop earrings like this classic style also look fabulous with a square shape face.
Hopefully now you have an idea of the earring designs that may suit you best. If you're still not sure which earrings will work for you, remember that you can always call or email us for style advice. You can browse our full earring selection here, to find something you love.