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Not A Style Myth: The Right And Wrong Type Of Earrings For Your Face Shape

Bring out your key features with the right pair of ear candies.

Hunting for the right pair of earrings is similar to purchasing a well-fitted shirt: finding the perfect cut that fits you to the T does wonders. While there’s an endless array of designs, shapes and colours out there, it isn’t a matter of one size fits all. Hoops for instance, are not kind to those with rounder features. The full monty, above.

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If you have a square face
What it is: The length between your forehead to chin is equidistant to the length between your cheeks.   Avoid: Drop earrings that end at the jaw, as well as angular pieces. These will accentuate a masculine jawline.   Go for: Hoops of all sorts. Traditional gold-plated hoops are your best bet for a simple look. If you don’t wish to give up drop earrings, opt for something shorter that doesn’t fall at the level of your jawline.   Above, these circular earrings are the perfect alternative to gold hoops. The cherry on top is the baroque pearl detail — they add a touch of sophistication without adding years to your age. Gold-plated earrings with baroque pearl by Bjørg Jewellery, €208 (S$327) Printed silk twill earrings by Balenciaga, £325 (S$586), via Net-a-Porter
Switch up your traditional hoops for these earrings that come with silk scarf details. Faux pearl earrings by H&M, S$14.95
Pearl earrings are hardly done justice, but when worn right, they can look simply stunning. We’ll take this pair with a simple vintage band tee and ripped jeans. If you have a round face
What it is: The circumference of your face is rounder, with little to no visible, defined jawline.   Avoid: Hoops, as they’ll emphasise the round shape of your face.   Go for: Square or oblong earrings to visually break the circular shape of your face. For drop earrings, opt for those that are well, long, as it’ll create the illusion of a longer face.   These Beaufille gold-plated earrings are created with a unique “ripple sheet” effect, adding texture and depth to your ensemble. Gold-plated texturised oblong earrings by Beaufille, £215 (S$387), via Net-a-Porter Gold-plated crystal clip-on drop earrings by Rosantica, £390 (S$703), via Net-a-Porter
Let the crystal embellished detail on these dramatic Rosantica earrings shine by matching them with a razor sharp black suit. Textured earrings from Zara, S$29.90
The trapeze shape of these Zara earrings puts the regular ol’ rectangular pieces to shame. Match them with a blazer dress for the office, and a sequin party frock for a girl’s night out. If you have an oval face
What it is: The length between your forehead to chin is longer than the length between your cheeks.   Avoid: Nothing. It’s a universally attractive face shape that can carry off any type of ear accessory.   Go for: A simple stud during working hours and something fancier, like a pair of statement earrings, for the night. If your features are slightly longer (long oval), go for a pair that’s wider to balance out the width of your face.   Sold as individual pieces, we recommend you purchase Tiffany & Co.’s single studded ‘Oui’ piece too, for a quirky, intentionally mismatched look. “Non” rose gold single ear stud by Tiffany & Co., US$225 (S$308) Gold-plated multi-stone earring by Pernille Lauridsen, £505 (S$910), via Net-a-Porter
Don’t be mainstream with your ear adornments — sometimes, a show-stopping, statement piece is just what you need to take your ensemble from zero to 100. Show off this pair by sweeping your hair back into a high ponytail. Rose gold floral ear studs by Lovisa, AUD$22.99 (S$23)
Every one needs at least a pair of classic studs — but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t bear motifs of any sort. Florals are perennial enough. If you have a heart-shaped face
What it is: Length between your temples is longer than the lower parts of your facial feature (an inverted triangle).   Avoid: Inverted triangle earrings, or thin drop earrings as they do not have the heft to balance out your top heavy facial shape.   Go for: Bottom heavy earrings that fall at or below your chin (think triangular shaped earrings). This will help to bring volume and weight to the lower half of your face.   A feathered earring is the perfect way to make a statement at parties or events. Flirty and fun, wear a stud or a hoop on your other ear to make it pop. Feathered single earrings by Hillier Bartley, US$107 (S$146), via Matchesfashion Multi-coloured crystal sterling silver earrings by Dannijo, S$264, via Brownsfashion
Add a dose of colour to your ensemble with a pair of multi-coloured crystal earrings. Wear this with a white off-the-shoulder top to let the earrings speak for themselves. Resin stone earrings by Zara, S$29.90
The cheeky tiger motifs add a dose of quirkiness to this pair of sophisticated earrings. If you have a diamond-shaped face
What it is: Length between your cheeks is relatively wide. The length from your forehead to nose is equidistant to the length from your nose to chin.   Avoid: Anything that’s chunky and wide will make your face appear longer horizontally.   Go for: Drop earrings that can end at any level. We recommend texturised pieces that add volume to the lower part of your face shape.   Crafted by hand, this off-kilter mismatched ear set features vivid red stones, a turquoise charm and a faux pearl. Wear them with a bright coloured number for extra impact.   Mismatched chain drop earrings by Timeless Pearly, US$246 (S$337), via Matchesfashion Silver tone crystal clip-on earrings by Alessandra Rich, £335 (S$603), via Net-a-Porter
Bring out your inner diva with this larger-than-life crystal set from Alessandra Rich. Let the pieces pop by wearing them with a simple and sophisticated midi dress. Oval crystal embellished drop earrings by Topshop, S$33.90
Let your femininity shine with these oval drop earrings that sport pink crystals.