Choose Flattering Earrings
How to Choose Earrings that Flatter You
Earrings are at the top of the jewelry hierarchy in importance not only because they draw attention to your face, but also because they can complete an outfit. Earrings can dangle in a seductive way; they an communicate lightheartedness or even convey authority. How to choose the appropriate earrings is the question to consider.
Starting from the ear
The obvious place to start is the ears. Most people’s ears are asymmetrical, but unless the earlobes
have really significant difference in height, this is nearly unnoticeable.
If your ears are not pierced yet but you want to pierce them, be sure that the placement of the holes is at equal heights.
If you like the appearance of your ears, you can wear pierced clip-backs or kidney wires, which can highlight beautifully shaped ears. Delicate wires are best for smaller ears. Larger ears require heavier wires or even earrings that cover the lobe such as huggies.
If you are self-conscious about your ears, there are styles that may be able to disguise any imperfection or scar, such as button shapes. If your ears protrude, try earrings that are wider rather than linear.
A rule of thumb is to let the size of your earlobe determine the size of the earrings. Tiny studs go best on delicate ears, larger studs on larger ears.
Highlighting the shape of your face
The shape of one’s face can be accented with earrings that bring emphasis to its shape. For example, square earrings with angular motifs can highlight a strong, square jawline , while oval earrings can soften angular lines .
Basically, the eyes of the observer is drawn to the point at which an earring ends, especially if the earring is shiny or sparkling. Earrings should not be longer than your jawline. Perhaps you will prefer shorter earrings if your face has a square, triangular or inverted oval jawline. Shorter earrings deflect attention away from those areas.
Drawing attention away from your nose
Here are some tricks to draw attention away from the nose:
- Use earrings that are not identical to the length of the nose
- Cover the earlobes
- Do not dangle below the earlobes
- Bear no resemblance to the shape of the nose
- Optimally mirror a shape found in your eyes or mouth
Disguising the sighs of age
In order to camouflage the signs of aging, it is important to stay away from dangling earrings, because they bring attention to sagging features. Here, studs or button earrings will help look younger by drawing attention to your eyes. In addition, if your nose has a vertical emphasis, you might want to stay away from vertical earrings because they may have a mirroring effect. This occurs when the shape and size of the earrings correlates with the shape of the nose. When earrings are about the same size and shape of the nose, the nose will come into focus.
About the length of your neck
As a general rule, the longer your neck, the greater is the range of earring lengths that are flattering. If you have a short neck, studs or smaller earrings are more flattering than drop earrings. A longer neck can support longer earrings; a shorter neck looks best with studs or button shapes.
Bring your earrings to work
Earrings that are appropriate for the workplace includes studs of almost any type: pearl, diamond, gemstone or metal, shell-shaped earrings ¾” to 1” in diameter, and ¾” to 1” diameter round, oval or hoops. These three categories encompass hundreds of styles. Keep in mind that diamond studs may be considered too flashy for the workplace.