Remember those ear muffs mom made you wear just in case you ran into a blizzard on your way to school? Or worse, for we guys, there were those embarrassing ear flaps attached to equally ugly “aviator” hats. The. Fortunately, the big trend that started this year is still going, going, and far from gone: The ear cuffs. Revived from the nineties, while these beauties won’t keep you warm, they will keep you hot on the fashionistas’ list of must-haves. Source
As we move into the New Year, “cuffings” have become even more fashion forward as they shook, rattled and rolled down the runways at Fashion week. A-Listers like Miley Cyrus, Emma Watson, Cara Delevingne, Diane Kruger, Rihanna, Nicole Richie, Sienna Miller, and Alicia Keys wouldn’t dare show up at Spago without the appropriate ear “coverings.” Source
“For those of you who stopped at studs, ear cuffs, a trend that took off this year, are not your conventional pearl drops. They wrap around parts of your ear and don’t require piercing which is great news for those of you who, like my cousin, remains pierce less in fear of a fatal lobe-pulling accident” explained Cate blogger from Every Day Sparks. Source
Next year’s ear cuffs will be even more cutting edge as celebs can adorn (or hide) their auricle with anything and everything from gems to feathers. They can be huge, chunky or delicate, although chunk and punk seem to be the trend of choice.
As a custom gemologist for over 40 years, I believe you’re a custom consumer. What might look fresh as tomorrow on your pal may not work with your personal aesthetic … or outfit. The great news is there are thousands of designs, sizes and styles to choose from. The trick, whether you’re an A-lister or think like one, is to choose well – for you!
DO: Wear only one piece. You’ve heard the expression “less is more?” Imagine two matching plumed and bejeweled ear cuffs? Not pretty.
DO: Stay away from the Spock look! While it may be cool on the Enterprise, large pointy ears on anyone anytime other than Christmas, will scare little children – and Dumbo.
DO: TRY THE PIECE ON. Don’t be taken in by words such as “awesome” from the salesperson or your sister. In the case in one thing, but once on, you may be unpleasantly surprised. You want something that will flatter your unique facial structure and features. If, for example, you’re petite, chunky may weigh you down, while tiny may be invisible.
DO: Consider your outfit and style. If you’re the sort of gal who in funky punk or grunge, will hop on the back of a Harley spikes will work. Go for it. If your wardrobe resembles a rose garden, ignore you bf who says: “At least try the spikes.” Ditto for animal inspired ear cuffs. Snaky pieces may freak you or yours out – even if the snake is whispering to you in diamonds. Leave them to the bold or the creepy.
DO: Take your hair color into consideration so your piece will stand-out and make you a knock-out. If you’re a brunette, go lighter. Blondes might shine … if they avoid gold, which will blend into light tresses.
DO: And while we’re on the subject, let your cuff be seen! Whether you choose a ponytail, an up-sweep, or a braid, you want to style your hair so that others can enjoy the beautiful bauble view.
DO: Feel free to mix and match ear cuff with a different shade of make-up or clothes. An exciting cuff is your big fashion statement.
DO: In the same vein, watch over-blitzing. Remember, you’ve got a huge ornament grabbing the spotlight. You don’t want to distract and detract with lavish or (garish) make-up and complicated blinding clothes or accessories. Keep the rings ‘n things to a tasteful minimum so others will see your cuff’s beauty and yours.
DO: Check fashion mags and websites for celebs you resemble and note their cuffs. Hey, if they flatter Paris Hilton, they’ll turn you into a Goddess. Source
Finally, be free to be you! Armed with confidence and common sense, you can cuff your way into haute couture – starting for as little as 20 dollars!
Here’s Winking at you!
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