PSA: Ear cuffs are back, and fast becoming a popular trend yet again in the fashion industry. Spotted on the Spring/Summer ’19 runways of Fendi and Mugler, to name a few, as well as on the lobes of many stylish stars, it’s easy to see why ear cuffs are seeing a resurgence. They are an edgy, creative way to embellish your ears, and best of all, you don’t need pierced ears to look uber chic in a jiffy.
From loud, statement pieces from Lynn Ban and Alexander McQueen to muted, understated offerings from Stone and Strand and Saskia Diez, here are 14 ear cuffs you need to add to your collection, stat.
We love the creations by Singapore-born, New York-based jewellery designer Lynn Ban — and so does Hollywood. They have been spotted on A-list celebs such as Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, and it’s no surprise, seeing as Lynn’s designs are often artistic and sculptural, such as this pair of ear cuffs. Studded with colourful gemstones including tsavorites and sapphires of different colours, this irreverent design will add a sassy edge to a clean white pantsuit ensemble for a professional yet authoritative look.
Statement earrings are pretty but they can often be uncomfortable as they weigh heavily on the earlobes. Solve that issue with this unique Alexander McQueen ear cuff that hooks over the ear instead. Sporting an eye-catching and unique blend of skulls, seashells and pearls paired alongside crystals and an emerald-cut stone, it’s gorgeous and elegant, and will turn heads in the club when worn with a fiery red dress and finished with heels.
Add colour to your ensemble and show off your effervescent personality with this vibrant yet delicate ear cuff from Ana Khouri. Cast from 18-karat fair-trade gold and set with an array of kaleidoscopic stones including sapphires and diamonds, let this girly piece shine by wearing with a simple LBD and black pumps.
This sophisticated and elegant cuff will be a sweet and delicate addition to your ear. Because it’s a horseshoe design that sports a diamond and pearl at each end, we love that you can flip it to display either the diamond or the pearl, depending on what you’re in the mood for that day. Wear with a slinky slip dress and finish with a pair of sandals for a sexy date look.
Anita Ko shows us how you can make a statement even if the accessory is as small as an ear cuff. This beautiful 18-carat rose gold piece comes paved with 0.66-carats of diamonds and will add shine and glimmer to the simplest of outfits. However, we recommend dressing it up for a cocktail party with a sexy high-slit maroon velvet dress and towering stilettos.
This dramatic Charlotte Chesnais piece draws inspiration from the blooming floral trend, and wraps around the top of your lobe securely due to its unique design. It’s outstanding structural design is already a stand-out, so you can pair it with a simple t-shirt and jeans combo for the weekend, or with a black tuxedo dress for work.
Reminiscent of a dainty gold ring with its band shape and diamond paving, we reckon that this Hirotaka cuff can be easily amped up by stacking multiple pieces on your earlobes. Else, you can tone it down and wear one with a t-shirt and leather jacket ensemble to channel that good-girl-gone-bad vibe.
Simple and uncomplicated, this understated set of ear cuffs from Saskia Diez is also value-for-money as you get two pieces of varying sizes that you can wear alone or together to style different looks. Wear them together with a wrap dress and pointed heels for a chic office look.
Fans of Mercedes Salazar will know that she is known for her signature use of flowers and design aesthetics that is a nod to her Columbian heritage. Here, the country’s national flower, the Cattleya Trianae (or ‘Flor de Mayo’) orchid is made from coloured resin to create this statement cuff. Play up the summer vibes with a flowy floral dress and finish with a wide-brimmed hat and espadrilles.
This Anne Manns ear cuff takes inspiration from a common food ingredient, the pea. Made into a naturalistic and uneven form that looks more like an artistic sculpture than a jewellery piece, it will bring your cool factor up several notches. Pair with cat eye sunglasses and ripped denim jeans for a suave weekend look.
Created in the likeness of the popular baby’s breath flowers and adorned with tiny freshwater pearls, this 14 / Quatorze piece is both ethereal and fresh. Which is why we’re recommending you to pair this with a slick and clean all-white outfit to further bring out that whimsical effect.
If you love the classic and minimalist look of pearl jewellery, Tokyo-born Mizuki Goltz should be on your radar. Its pieces combine the stately elegance of pearls with a modern and sleek design, as evidenced in this 14-carat gold ear cuff. Wear with a lace dress and black leather boots for a punk rock chick vibe.
If you’re just dipping your toes into the wondrous world of ear cuffs, then this Stone and Strand silver cuffs are as understated and versatile as it gets. Match with silver or white gold accessories to channel a sophisticated monochromatic look.
Not sure what to wear for a weekend date? Just throw on this flirty floral design from Lovisa with a t-shirt knotted around the waist paired with a denim skirt to rock a playful, casual look.