Earring length is hardly the first thing that comes to mind when choosing a pair for the day. Other factors like practicality or, let’s be honest, how well they go with your clothes are much more likely to make the top of your list. In time, this turns into an instinct, one that drives your decisions without effort.
Well, by going over the pointers below, you’ll be able to hone your skills and incorporate an additional factor into your jewellery instinct: earring length. Your swift styling decisions will be all the more inspired!
Earring Length: Defining The Categories
How long is long? And how short is short? Let’s take look…
First up, the ever-popular studs. As they fit tightly on your earlobe, they are the shortest type of earrings. They occupy the least visual space possible, making for a subtle, delicate presence.
Then come the mid-length earrings. Measuring from 1 to 5 centimetres (and anything in between), they comprise mostly of drops, hoops or statement pieces that are the Goldilocks of the earring world: not too long and definitely not too short.
Finally, the long earrings. Anything over 5 centimetres safely qualifies as a long earring. There is no upper limit, as some can go as far as to comfortably rest on your shoulders. There’s no limit in terms of diameter, either. Some hoops can be as large as your palm and still look good when worn. Truly, this is the land of maximalist earrings where anything is possible.
How To Choose The Best Earring Length For You
What works well and when? It all depends on…
A) Practicality relative to the time of day. Studs are perfect for everyday, while elaborate designs that hover closely above your shoulders are ideal for nighttime.
B) Hair up or down? Short earrings or studs will pair well with long hair, while long earrings will look fantastic if you have short hair or if you love wearing up-dos.
C) The evergreen choice. When in doubt, know that medium length earrings are universally flattering on short and long hair alike. Picture a pair of statement drops worn either with loose waves, with a French twist bun or with effortlessly styled short hair.