Different Types of Ear Cuffs and How to Wear Them

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Ear cuffs are a type of ear accessory that covers the lobe of the ears. The cuffs feature intricate designs, spikes, and chains. These designs are a nod to the punk rock era of the 80s. That’s when punk rockers, men, and women alike, would pair elaborate ear cuffs with body piercings and rainbow-colored hair. During the 80s, ear cuffs did not hit the mainstream. This means they were not accessories that normal people would wear.

But at the recently-concluded MET Gala, cuff earrings started re-emerging. A-list celebrities and supermodels started wearing ear cuffs instead of the more traditional earrings. Suddenly, every woman and their mother started wearing them too. Now that the trend is back, you probably want to rock these fabulous accessories too!

Wearing ear cuffs isn’t as easy as wearing regular earrings. They come in various designs, some designs look good in formal wear, and others don’t. Ear cuffs are statement pieces that demand attention. And so, you have to plan your whole outfit around it. In today’s post, we are listing down different ear cuff designs and how to wear them:

Ear Wire

An ear wire gives the illusion that it’s floating on the earlobe. It’s made with a wire that travels behind the ears, securing the cuff. Ear wires usually come in delicate designs. Because they are less flashy, they can be worn with dresses, tank tops, and jeans, etc. You can also pair ear wires with cartilage hoops for a simple yet edgy style.

Wrap-Around Cuff Earrings

This elaborate ear accessory wraps from behind the ear and on the front. Wrap-around cuffs are usually embellished with crystals or intricate designs. We recommend limiting other accessories when wearing a wrap-around cuff. They come in flashy designs, piling more accessories will overwhelm the eyes. Again, because of the elaborate designs, the wrap-around cuff is best worn with simpler dresses. We don’t recommend wearing this on formal events.

Ear Chain

This is the edgiest of all ear cuff designs. It features a chain hanging from the sides of the earlobe. Ear chains can be dainty or chunky. It’s a festive design reminiscent of the accessory’s punk rock origins. This should be worn with outfits with a punk-rock style, especially if you want to pile on the accessories. This accessory works great for bohemian-inspired outfits too!

Band Cuff

The simplest of all ear cuff designs, the band cuff is a stackable cuff that comes in thick or thin bands. The band wraps the ears horizontally. Band ear cuffs can be work even if your ears aren’t pierced. You just clip the band on. Usually, the ear band has magnetic ends to secure it in place. This can be worn with cocktail dresses and even formal dresses.

Ear Jackets

Ear jackets look simple, delicate and dainty on the front but at the back, it’s a different story entirely. Because it’s dainty, the ear jacket will complement formal dresses well. Some designs hug only the bottom of the ear lobe so they are not as flashy. It gives the illusion that the cuff is floating from the bottom of the ear.


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