Earring Style Guide

Foot Petals Blog: Earring Style Guide

Taking your outfit to the next level is often as easy as adding the right pair of earrings. From the everyday grocery run to that special evening out – earrings can make a dramatic difference. Some pairs you’ve had for decades while other pairs you recently picked up at a thrift store. Regardless, finding the right pair of earrings to go with your favorite little black dress is rarely a matter of price. From solid gold studs to large colorful plastic hoops, earrings have the power to bring attention to all the right places.


A simple, discreet choice for those professional, everyday outfits. Studs have been a wardrobe go-to for centuries. Often set off by pearls and diamonds, stud earrings can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion. We suggest wearing studs with turtlenecks in the winter and clean linen tops in the summer for professional, clean looks. Another elegant option for stud earrings is to pair them with a fancy updo when attending a wedding.  


Hoop earrings are versatile and go with just about every outfit you put on! They come in small, medium, and large sizes for minimal hints of sparkle to maximum statements. Often, hoop earrings are shaped with metal; gold, silver, or rose gold, for example. But you can certainly choose hoops designed with colored plastic and beads. Match hoops with casual jeans and a t-shirt or put them on when you are dressed up and heading out on the town with your special someone. From classy to trendy, hoop earrings will always be a go-to choice for any outfit and hairstyle. 


Not unlike the beautiful light hanging in your dining room or entryway, a chandelier earring often sways and sparkles. They come in many varieties such as teardrops, beaded bohemian, and threaded tassels. While not for every face shape, a chandelier earring can be especially pleasing if you have a distinct forehead and brow line with a sharp chin. Because they hang below the jaw, chandelier earrings are typically seen as statement pieces and worn with plain, solid-colored tops. You can never go wrong with pairing funky chandelier earrings with white and black clothing. Or, for a summer look, consider a maxi dress and beaded or tassel chandelier set.


Another versatile earring choice is drop earrings, also known as dangling earrings. These earrings work with many outfits because they come in so many sizes, shapes, and colors. Characterized by their length, drop earrings are normally several centimeters long and reach past your jawline. Some versions may have jewels suspended by chains, others may be beaded, while some may feature large baubles. In their purest form, drop earrings are simply chains of metal that go through your ears. Pair them with office attire when your hair is down for a hint of color. Also, consider silver or gold chain options when you want a more sophisticated look.

Earrings are fresh and fun for every occasion. Whether you’re packing for a tropical vacation or heading to the gym, there is a type of earring available to complete any outfit. Have fun and enjoy how easily your wardrobe is transformed by such a simple accessory.