Whether browsing your favorite boutique for a complete new ensemble or simply making your outfit selection for the day from your closet, choosing the perfect accessories to best complement your overall look deserves just as much attention as the clothing.
When it comes to finding the perfect earrings, this task can sometimes be daunting when faced with such a vast array of choices on the market. Earrings play a starring role; they not only complete the outfit, but also draw attention to your face and hair.
Consider Your Hair Length
The length of your hair can determine which style of earring will work best for you.
While the saying dictates that blondes have more fun, when it comes to earrings, those with short hair have the most fun.
Short Hair and Earrings
Short hairstyles that bare the earlobes and neckline reap the benefit of being able to wear every size and style of earring effortlessly.
Stud diamonds, sapphires and rubies that shine from your exposed ears can be admired; clusters of long metallic strands can sweep along your neck without competing with a background palette of long hair.
Earrings for Long Hair
Long hair that cascades over your ears will conceal studs and tiny ball-shape earrings.
For longer hairstyles, opt for larger and longer earrings that stand a better chance of peeking out through your flowing locks. Elongated shapes, such as ovals or rectangles, will follow the course of your hair.
Keep in mind that you can have the best of both worlds, however. For weddings, proms and any other special occasions that entice you to pull your hair into an up-do, this is your time to seize the opportunity and enjoy more flexibility.
This occasional freedom of choice can also arise on days when you opt for tieback styles such as a ponytail or chignon.
Check out this selection of drop & dangle earrings, which are suitable for longer hair.
Should You Consider Hoop Earrings?
What about hoop earrings? Those big, gold or platinum rings can be the most challenging earrings to pair with hairstyle and face shape.
Hoop earrings give the appearance of weight and add a curvaceous dimension to the sides of your face. If you have a long face with long hair, the round hoop styles will add dimension and balance it all nicely.
If your face is round, however, hoops will only serve to make you look rounder, regardless of hair length.
Pay Attention to Hair Color
Just as certain color choices in clothing, shoes, bangles and handbags complement certain shades of hair, the same concept applies to earrings.
After all, the earrings sit right against the hairline on those with short hairstyles; long hair functions as a background.
Metallic earrings of gold or platinum, as well as the fire of faceted diamonds, look stunning with every hair color.
Ladies with blonde hair should also opt for colorful earrings over white, which can look washed out. Blue and red will appear especially radiant.
White and pastels provide a stunning contrast for brunettes, and sparkling orange-toned gemstones will bring forth rusty highlights from dark hair.
While redheads generally should shy away from red or hot pink, cool shades such as blue, green, turquoise and purple will temper the fire of your hair beautifully.
The choices of earrings on display in the shops appear infinite, with rows and columns of sparkling gold, platinum and precious stones beckoning to dazzle you.
Every hue of the color spectrum seems to pop out from the mix. Hoops, studs, danglers, chandeliers and even feathers grace the earring scene.
Next time you are faced with such an abundance of options, take a few moments to assess your hair. By building your collection with pieces that complement it, every outfit that you wear will be a spectacular combination.