Choosing Earrings To Match Your Hairstyle

Styling your jewelry to match your hair is a skill that could make or break an outfit ensemble. Earrings are especially good at drawing attention to your face, but they also contrast with your hair. To make sure that the overall look is on point, it’s important to choose the right combination.

Earrings and hairstyles have always had a love-hate relationship. Why? Well, framing our faces is not always easy, and matching our hairstyle with a pair of earrings to make the most of our look can sometimes seem like really hard work. But if you get this pairing right (together with your outfit) you’ll create the look.

Another key aspect to keep in mind is your face shape and length: the secret to matching earrings with your hairstyle is finding the perfect harmony between your face shape and the other two elements earrings, and hairstyle.

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So, how do you choose the perfect earrings to suit your outfit as well as your hairstyle?

While a general guideline for accessorizing with earrings would depend on the shape of your face and the length of your neck, there are other factors to consider as well. Let’s get down to it and explore a few basic guidelines on matching your earrings with your hairstyle for a combo killer!

1. Hair Let Down style

A pair of striking studs, like these sunstone earrings, stand out against long hair. When you wear your hair down it can distract from any earrings you wear. For everyday wear, a pair of studs is the simplest way to go. To make it more striking, choose a pair of gemstone studs such as pearls or black onyx which will get noticed beside your locks.

striking studs earrings

You could also layer these if you have multiple ear piercings to create a minimalist ensemble of delicate and tiny studs. This looks great when you use studs in the same metal colors such as silver or yellow gold. Matching the metal colors gives synergy to your earrings and won’t detract from your face or look too busy.

striking studs earrings

That’s not to say that you should only wear studs when you wear your hair down. Vibrant colorful tasseled earrings look ladylike and sophisticated no matter what hairstyle you have. Just ensure that your hair didn’t hide or overwhelm the pair of earrings.

2. Chignon Hair Style

long drop earrings

A Chignon hairstyle is when you have your hair pulled back sleekly, typically into a side bun or at the nape of your neck. It’s a flawless hairstyle for formal occasions. The ideal earrings to wear with a Chignon hairstyle are delicate long drop earrings.

long drop earrings

The length of the drop earrings will accentuate your neck and shoulder line whilst the dramatic earring drop will balance the classic nature of the chignon hairstyle. As your hair is pulled back and away from your face you can choose a bright drop earring that will add an eye-catching color pop to your look.

long drop earrings

3. Short Hairstyle with Earrings

Opt for an ear climber. Like the Chignon style, a short or pixie crop cut can be a tricky hairstyle to match with your earrings.

ear cuffs for short hairstyle

Earring jackets and cuffs look fantastic along with your ears when you have a shorter cut. As your ear is likely to be visible most of the time, a statement ear crawler or cuff can add a fresh and edgy look!

ear climber s

Bear in mind that the shape of the cuff is more important than the pattern or color combination on the cuff. Earring cuffs with a single color are the best choice as this gives a classy eye-catching look and does not make your outfit too busy. Crystals and diamonds are the perfect choices for a statement cuff earring as they make earring cuffs look feminine and glamorous.

4. High Bun or Up-Do

Statement hoops are ideal. When you wear your hair in a high bun or up-do there can be quite a lot of space from your ear to your shoulders. Your ears are going to be clearly visible and you can really flaunt a pair of classic earrings.

Pick a pair of earrings that will look gorgeous from all angles so that your outfit will look good from front to back.

high bun hairstyle

Spice Up Your Look With Dangling Earrings for the high bun hairstyle. Hoops are another sound choice for this hairstyle as the back of the hoop will look as good as the front. Diamond hoops are a splendid choice for this.

high bun hairstyle

Sometimes hoops can sit at a funny angle based on how your ears have been pierced. When you wear or try on a pair of hoop earrings make sure they are facing straight forward and not tilting off to the side.

high bun hairstyle

5. Pony Tail Hairstyle with Earrings

Opt for eye-catching cute Huggies. There are two ways to match earrings to your ponytail and it all depends on how high you wear the ponytail.

If your ponytail is high you will find it easier to match with larger statement earrings. Earring cuffs and hoops can add a lot of drama and movement to a high ponytail without detracting away from your face.

Huggies pony tail hairstyle

A low ponytail often suggests a low maintenance look so the ideal earrings are something laid back with a little bit of glamor. You can wear a single pair of large studs or you can go for a multiple earring stack with lots of dainty small studs and a huggie hoop earring that snuggly fits your ear. Both looks are feminine and recommend a laid-back style but not a casual or dressed-down look.

Huggies pony tail hairstyle

6. Shoulder Length Hair

Statement earrings are fun with this hairstyle. When you have shoulder-length hair there is a definite line created across your shoulders. This line gives you an excellent reference point for the length and size of your earrings. The ideal pair of earrings can be colorful and quite large but make sure they don’t go past the line of your shoulders.

Statement earrings are fun with this hairstyle.

Statement earrings and chandelier styles will look seamless with shoulder-length hair but any earrings that are long and thin will get a bit lost in your hair. So, look for earrings that fill the space around your face created by your hair.

Statement earrings are fun with this hairstyle.

7. Curly Hairstyle

You can’t go wrong with hoops. The tricky thing with curly hair is that it can often get caught in your earrings which is a problem no one wants to have! Plus, your hair already has a lot of drama and movement which can make it challenging to find statement earrings that will compliment your hairstyle.

Curly Hairstyle

If you’re happy with a pair of studs these will always look cute and flawless and are unlikely to get tangled in your hair. However, if you’re looking for something more statement then hoop earrings are the ideal choice for curly hair.

Curly Hairstyle

This is because the curve of the hoops will compliment your hair and if your hair gets a little caught in your hoop it will be easier to untangle compared to a pair of chandelier earrings.

You can also choose from a huge range of sizes and textures for hoops earrings. Brushed metals or soft hammer detailing can add a point of difference to a plain pair of hoop earrings.

Curly Hairstyle

8. Side Swept Hairstyle

Pretty gemstone drop earrings. Simple yet stylish is the way to go when you have your hair swept to one side. Pendant drop earrings are the classic go-to piece.

Side Swept Hairstyle

They are simple, feminine, and elegant plus you can wear them in any color to match or contrast your outfit. You can even match them to the color of your eyes.

Side Swept Hair

Avoid wearing any earrings that are too long as with a side-swept hairstyle this will further elongate your face. 

9. Half-Up-Half-Down Hairstyle

Keep costs low with cubic zirconia or moissanite alternatives. Half-up-half-down hairstyles look great with long hair as they keep your face in focus but you still have the movement and femininity that is associated with long hair.

Half-Up-Half-Down hairstyle

Nothing will make this hairstyle look more elegant than a pair of studs. Keep them simple and delicate so as not to detract from your face. A pair of elegant diamonds studs or a neutral gemstone would be a match made in heaven.

Avoid anything that’s oversized or colorful to keep this style looking polished and well put together.


If diamonds are beyond your budget or not something you’re interested in, you can opt for cubic zirconia for an affordable alternative. Moissanite studs also make a great substitute for diamonds.

How Earrings Can Change Your Face Shape?

We use our hairstyles to frame our faces in a flattering way. For instance, a bob hairstyle can elegantly frame a long face to give a more curvaceous look.

When it comes to earrings, there are similar principles in place. Hoop earrings will always add a curvier look to any face so if your face is already quite round this might accentuate your face shape too much.

Very large earrings can make your face look smaller than it is and diminish the shape of your face. If you have a long face shape, wearing thin, long earrings will make your face appear even longer.

So how can you get it right?

The secret to matching your earrings to your hairstyle is to find the balance between your hairstyle, face shape, and earrings.

The best way to do this is to consider what face shape you have and then try on your earrings with different hairstyles.

There might be hairstyles you would never have considered for your face shape before but the right earrings and hairstyle combinations can be a real game-changer.  

In Closing

Matching your earrings to your hairstyle is a great way to always look well-dressed. However, if you have a pair of earrings you love don’t let your hairstyle stop you from wearing them.

At the end of the day personal tastes are just as important as the rules. Whether you wear your hair down, in a ponytail or a high bun try experimenting with all your different earrings.

Ready to check out some amazing earrings? Etsy has a huge range of earrings to suit any occasion. Or why not browse through the earring collection on James Allen? We’re sure you’ll find something you love!

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