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How to Wear Statement Earrings

A blonde woman wearing a pair of ruby statement earrings.

To be honest, “statement” earrings sounds a bit like some kind of marketing term. Seriously, statement earrings? The first time you heard it, you probably scoffed. But now, the phrase is incredibly common. It’s pretty much everywhere these days.

Basically, statement earrings are simply noticeable earrings that stand out. And if you’re wearing them properly, then they’re really going to stand out as a feature and a focal point of your style. But they also aren’t exactly easy to wear. You have to know how to wear statement earrings if you’re going to play around with this look.

Wearing Statement Earrings

Fashion is rarely ever simple. It’s not always as easy as slipping on some big, bold earrings and walking out the door. Your look can become too cluttered, busy if you’re not wearing statement earrings the right way. It’s really easy to cross the line from making a statement to being totally over-the-top and looking a bit like a mess.

Learning how to wear statement earrings properly is a bit of an art. You want the earrings to stand out on their own. That means that everything else you’re wearing has to complement the earrings. Styling your outfit around a pair of earrings may seem strange, but this is what you have to do if you want your statement earrings to truly make a style statement.

Color is extremely important. The clothes you’re wearing are going to make or break your statement earrings. If you want to draw attention to your earrings, color in your clothing is one of the best ways to do it. Dress in black, white, or neutral tones so that your clothing doesn’t grab attention first. If you pair earrings with bold colors, then your earrings aren’t really standing out as a statement. Let your earrings add pizzazz to your outfit. After all, this is what they’re supposed to do.

Keep it simple when it comes to the rest of your outfit. Stick to clean silhouettes, without a lot of embellishments, to make your earrings really stand out. If you’re going to wear patterns, choose basic stripes and geometric shapes. It’s very tricky to wear statement earrings with busy floral patterns and animal prints.

Don’t overwhelm your look with a lot of other jewelry. You don’t need a necklace at all if you’ve got on statement earrings. You can make yourself look swamped if you wear too many other pieces of jewelry. If you’ve got to have a necklace, choose something very simple and small, not your most elaborate neckpiece. If you do want to embellish your look, you can do it with head and hair jewelry. This will pair well with statement earrings, rather than taking away from them.

A woman with brightly-colored makeup wearing colorful earrings that match her necklace.

Size matters in statement earrings. You can make a statement with earrings that’s aren’t enormous. If they’re colorful and interesting, they can be statement earrings regardless of their size. It matters because you can wear earrings that are just way too big for you. If you have a petite frame, you probably shouldn’t be wearing the biggest earrings you can find.

You don’t want to look as though you just happen to be attached to your earrings. Make sure the size of the earrings matches the size of your body. If you’re small and thin, look for smaller and thinner styles that are still impactful. If you’re tall and big-boned or full-figured, you can probably support larger earrings that make a statement with their size.

Make the most out of your earrings by going strapless or bare shoulder with your look. It’s not a requirement, but it is a way to make your statement earrings even more impactful. You can also use a V-neck to show a little bit of skin. The contrast of the earrings against bare skin truly makes a strong statement and makes your earrings even more noticeable.

What About Your Hair?

You can actually wear your hair however you like when you’re got on statement earrings, though the earrings do make it easier to get away with simple styles. Statement earrings are especially effective when you’re wearing a simple bun or ponytail.

If you’re going to wear your hair down with your earrings, remember to brush your hair behind your ear every once in a while or your earrings won’t grab as much attention as they should. If you really want your statement earrings to shine, pull your hair back on at least one side to leave one or both ears exposed.

How to Choose Statement Earrings

So if you’re making a statement with your statement earrings…just what is that statement? Do you want to convey a look of class and elegance? Try pearls or colorful gems. Do you want to show off a little flash, a little razzle-dazzle? Diamonds and shiny metals, like gold and silver, will definitely have that effect. Maybe you want your earrings to tell the world that you’re fun and quirky.

Choose plastic or painted wood earrings in bright colors and bold patterns. Are you a little bit retro, a little bit funky and cool? Dangling tassel earrings and fringe earrings will let everyone know that you’re an old soul. And if you’re traditionally stylish and like having fun with fashion, slip on a pair of big, classic hoops.

A woman wearing fashionable clothes that make her colorful statement earrings stand out.

The great thing about statement earrings is that they can be casual or dressy, depending on what else you’re wearing. They can be elegant, they can be a little wild, they can be simple or they can be complicated. Statement earrings are hot in fashion right now so they’re easy to buy. But for those who are creative and happen to have a hot glue gun, they’re also easy to DIY.

You can make your own statement earrings using beads, rhinestones, shells, feathers, and pretty much any other odds and ends you might have in your craft box. Buttons, small kids’ toys — anything can be part of your statement earrings if you want it to be. All you need to do is get a plain pair of earrings and then just start adding to them as you like. You can find all kinds of crafting materials online if you want to shop around for good ideas.

The point of statement earrings is to show off your personality, to create a great focal point for your outfit, and to inject some interest and excitement into any look. They don’t necessarily have to match what you’re wearing because they’re the star of the outfit. They’re meant for you to have fun with them. So try different ways of wearing your statement earrings and play around with this fun accessory. Because ultimately, style is a journey…and that’s what makes it so fun!

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