I'm a late bloomer when it comes to earrings. I got mine pierced at eighteen, and then rarely wore them, mainly because I felt overwhelmed by the seemingly infinite possibilities. Over the past few years, I've caught up—I now have three piercings in my left ear, and two in my right (I prefer the imbalance because the slight imperfection adds to the cool factor). But I'm constantly wondering if I should add more. On the one hand, constellation piercings are a great way to add some edge to my otherwise fairly classic style, but I also don't want to come off as a punk biker babe (some trends are far too busy for my taste). That being said, I think I've discovered something of a formula when it comes to striking a balance between the two extremes. Read on for some earring inspiration I'm loving now, as well as my tips for adding more edge to your collection—no matter the number of piercings you have:
Size: For the most part, the largest earrings should go in the front, then get smaller gradually as they move up the ear.
Color: I personally like to stick with all yellow golds plus diamonds and/or CZs, but earrings can also be a really fun place to play with multiple colors (this brand plays a lot with rainbow stones).
Quality: While it's important to use quality metals, as they can help with sensitivity, it isn't as necessary to splurge on a precious stone—my best friend wears CZ studs instead of diamonds, but you'd never suspect they aren't diamonds since the rest of her look is so pulled-together and classy. The jewelry market is so saturated that chances are, if you fall in love with an expensive beautiful piece, there's an affordable version of it somewhere—you just have to search. Plus, that way if they fall out you won't be as devastated.
It doesn't matter if you don't have tons of piercings to take your earring game to the next level, you just have to get a little creative. To start, consider a cuff that mimics three separate piercings, an earring that hooks up and over your lob or an ear jacket, which connects to the back of the earring and adds dimension.
If you have multiple piercings in one ear, these two hoops connected by a diamond-encrusted chain can be worn on a daily basis, and are cool enough to make an impact. Another thing to try: earrings that don't match, like this pair (that looks far more expensive than its $24 price tag).
If you want to make a statement, wear earrings that are part of a set, but don't match, like these brightly colored baubles. If you're going more for an every day look, I recommend dainty pieces that have a little movement and visual interest like this, this and this, plus a few extra cuffs added throughout (this one for $78 is great).