How to Stack Earrings: All About the #EarParty

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There’s something about a well-stacked earring look that feels put together. Whether you’re going for a casual or dressy vibe, learning how to stack earrings the right way can elevate your style.

Read on for our tips on how to stack earrings like a pro!

 

1. CONSIDER EAR ANATOMY

The first step to a great curated ear is to think about ear anatomy. Consider your ear shape because not every ear has enough space to house multiple lobe piercings or the correct cartilage contour for an inner ear piercing. What ear piercings and earrings will look good on you depends mainly on your ear anatomy.

For example, If you have small or dainty ears, the best earrings for your curated ear are miniature and lightweight. Tiny stud earrings work well because they don't take up too much space in your pierced holes but still make a mini statement with their minimal style.

In contrast, women with larger ears can get away with wearing multiple large earrings in many different piercings and still look very stylish. At the same time, too many large pieces in one earring stack may be a bit overwhelming. So, balance earring size with earlobe shape, ear-piercing placements, and the desired style.


2. CURATE EAR PIERCINGS ACCORDINGLY

Perfect ear-piercing placement is essential to a good earring stack. Don't make the mistake of getting a row of closely packed ear piercings then accenting them with oversized studs that completely cover the ear curve. Part of creating a beautiful ear design is to play with negative space. Wearing multiple earrings should look polished, but an overly cluttered ear comes off as sloppy and never looks beautiful. It is always best to opt for neat, tiny solitaire studs arranged in earring stacks that highlight the curves and contours of your ear.

For women with multiple piercings, it is best to stagger the placement of your tiny solitaire studs for a more flattering look. Try not to put all your piercings in the same area or on the same side of your ear, which can look dull and overly done. Staggering earring placements add depth to a curated ear and breaks up the look of too much uniformity.


3. CHOOSE PIECES THAT COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER

Once you've considered your ear shape and piercings, it's time to start shopping for the perfect earrings! When selecting earring combos to stack, keep in mind that they should complement each other. You don't want a mismatched bunch of earrings that don't go together stylistically. You can ensure that your earrings go together by keeping the earring size and shape in theme.

For example, if you're wearing multiple studs, make sure they are all similar in size; don't mix large ovals with tiny triangles. Too much difference between earring styles can make for a busy and cluttered look. So, to avoid this unfortunate outcome, opt for earring stackers that are similar in size and shape.

When going for a mismatched earring look, you'll want to make sure that the styles and shapes all blend fluidly. For example, you can go for a celestial theme with the moon, stars, and planet-shaped studs in your stack. These ear stackers follow a pattern and complement each other aesthetically because they all share a common theme.

Next, another easy way to create a cohesive look is to select cute lobe earrings in similar colors or with similar textures. For example, if you have a pair of golden hoops then it's only natural to pick up an earring with a golden stud or other gold detail. This way, your overall look will have a touch of uniformity without being too matchy-matchy. Plus, it's a great way to add a pop of color or texture to your outfit.


4. CONSIDER THE EARRING LENGTH

The traditional ear stacking method involves wearing the longest earring at the bottom and gradually moving up to shorter pairs as you go up the ear. This is an excellent general rule to follow, but longer earrings are often not even that long. Well, in that case, you'll want to wear them at the top and work your way down as a counterpoint to their length. This approach will create balance and harmony in your earring stack. If you want to be different, feel free to experiment with wearing longer pieces in the middle of your ear.

Also, don't be afraid to mix and match different earring sizes. It is really pretty to have a variety of sizes in your stack, as long as they still look like they go together. Just make sure that the overall look isn't too busy. Different earring sizes add visual interest and make your curated ear look more dynamic.


5. AVOID WEARING EARRINGS THAT ARE TOO SIMILAR

If you're wearing cute lobe earrings that are too similar, it is difficult to create dimension. For example, if both pairs of earrings are small and have the same shape and design, they'll just blend in together and look like one big pair. Instead, try wearing ear stack earrings that are too similar in a different way. For example, instead of wearing two earrings in the same shape and design, why not mix it up by making one rounder than the other? This mixed-style will keep your ear look interesting without having to do too much work.

Play with earring placement. Instead of having every earring mirror each other, flip one earring shape up and another earring shape down or stack with a third piece to create a bit more dimension.


6. AVOID WEARING EARRINGS THAT ARE TOO DIFFERENT

Wearing earrings that are too different is the worst possible sin you can commit when stacking earrings. If you're wearing a pair of dainty, dangly earrings with big chunky hoops, it will just look like a hot mess. Not only will it be difficult to style the earrings correctly, but it will also be difficult for people to focus on any one piece.

When choosing different earrings to stack, make sure that the length and the design are cohesive. For example, you can wear a pair of stud earrings with a pair of dainty hoops. Or, you could wear a pair of long, linear earrings with a pair of shorter studs. As long as the overall look is cohesive, you'll be good to go!

Also, avoid wearing very different shapes together unless they follow a theme. For example, don't wear a circular hoop earring next to a square stud. The earring shapes will just compete, and neither one will stand out. Instead, stick to similar or complementary shapes, and you'll be safe.


7. START OUT SIMPLE

When you're just starting out, it's best to keep your earring stacking simple. Try wearing a pair of studs with a longer similar pair or wear two pairs with the same design in different sizes. As you become more comfortable with layering earrings, you can start experimenting with different shapes and ear designs.

Not only will layering earrings allow you to get more mileage out of your earring collection, but they will also make you look like a style pro. Just be careful not to go too crazy or you'll end up with a mismatched look and no one wants that!


8. SLIDE IN A HUGGIE

If you want to add just a little bit more interest to your earring stack, throw in a pair of baby huggie earrings or two. A huggie is a small hoop earring that hugs the edge of your earlobe. Baby huggie earrings come in all different sizes, so choose the one that best suits your style.

If you're going for a more casual look, stick to huggie earrings set in classic metal tones like silver or gold. Then, for an evening out, try something with a little more sparkle for a dressier ensemble, like a huggie with dazzling pavé crystals.

Also, keep in mind that the larger the hoop, the dressier your look will be. For example, if you're wearing a formal gown, go for huggie earrings set in a larger size. So if you're going for a more casual look, stick to smaller hoops.


9. MIX DAINTY+STATEMENT

As if having multiple piercings isn't badass enough, throw in an unexpected statement piece. When it comes to lobe earrings, sometimes more is more. A large hoop earring is perfect for your first ear-piercing, then stack it with subtle partners like smaller studs or even a cartilage hoop. Add more, but keep mismatched earrings equal in measure. Offset larger earrings with smaller styles like a cartilage hoop to keep your earring look uncluttered.

One earring stack idea is to layer simple earring styles with more complex pieces. For example, wear a pair of tiny studs with an extravagant, long earring set in gold or silver tones to create a standout look that isn't overpowering.

Also, keep in mind that this styling trick works best with minimal clothing. The more you have going on, the harder it will be to find a great pairing for your statement pieces. As a rule, if you have lots of embellishments going on already in your ensemble, then avoid wearing bulky layered earrings.


10. MIX BIG+SMALL

For an easy everyday earring stack, make like Rihanna and wear your smallest studs with a more oversized ear cuff. Draw the eye upwards by wearing small studs in your lobes (we love two or three), then throw on a chunky ear cuff for contrast. The result is effortless and cool. This look is also great for gals who like to wear their hair up or back since it allows you to show off your studs when they peek through.

Ear cuffs come in various sizes and designs, from simple hoops to big pops of color or interesting shapes. For an everyday look, go for a neutral-colored cuff that matches your studs. Try a bright, metallic, or chunky ear cuff if you're going for a more edgy ensemble. You can even add in a playfully patterned cuff for added interest.


11. DANGLE ON

For more intrigue, add a dangling pair of cascading earrings. These super long earrings look best when worn in your first lobe piercing so that you can complement them with cute studs and earring huggies in your other piercings.

F.Y.I., the longer your cascading earrings are, the more intense your stacked earring look will be. Thus, opt for a longer style if you're going for glam. If you want a more muted earring look, go for something shorter.


12. STACKING STUD EARRINGS

Since small earring studs are so versatile, most women have a handful in their jewelry box. But here's the thing, you don't have to reserve them for casual looks only. Their small size also makes them perfect for stacking.
Stacking studs is an easy way to experiment with how many earrings you want in your ears without creating a look that's too busy. Three pairs of small earring studs are ideal for everyday wear, but if you prefer more of a statement stack, go all out with five pairs. Just make sure the earrings are all of a similar size and style, or you'll wind up looking mismatched.

When stacking studs, try to avoid mixing metals. Instead, opt for a single metal and keep the earrings in the same color family. This will create a more polished look and ensure that your small studs aren't competing with each other.

Also, keep in mind that round studs are an easy starting point for newbies. If it's your first time stacking stud earrings, go with a classic round shape. Want to take things up a notch? Try square or diamond shapes for extra flair!


13. PLAY WITH PAVÉ

If you're looking to add some extra sparkle to your ear stack, look no further than pavé earrings. Pavé is a gemstone setting that features tiny diamonds or gemstones all around the edge of an earring. This setting creates a dazzling effect and makes your ears stand out. It's a perfect, easy way to add extra glamour to your ear style.

Like other styles, look for similar earrings in shape and size, so you don't clash when stacking them. If you want a more subtle look, wear smaller pavé studs on the upper part of your ear with a larger drop earring as the focal point.

Wear large dangle earrings on your lobe with smaller paired pavé studs, plus some fun cuffs stacked on top for an edgy look. With your earrings stacking up, it will create a daring look that's impossible to miss!



14. TWO WORDS: EAR CRAWLERS

Ear climbers are an edgy style that features a small piece of metal that wraps around the front part of the ear. They look like climbers, so they're also called "climbing ear crawlers," but people typically shorten it to just "ear crawlers."

Ear climber earrings typically serve as the bottom of an earring stack. Add a second layer of studs or dangles to your ear stack to balance any thin areas on either side of your ears.

In contrast, wearing an ear climber at the top of your earring stack can also be done. For example, try wearing a small or delicate design on the bottom row, and then add something bolder at the top. This will create a nice contrast between the two sides of your stack.

Like most other earring styles, the fun starts when you stack them. For a look that's glam and edgy, wear your earring crawlers with chandelier earrings. This combination is sure to turn heads. For the less adventurous types, you can always mix things up by wearing studs along with your ear climber earrings to tone down the statement. Stack small studs with large climbers for a look that's still eye-catching but not as over-the-top.

When stacking earring crawlers, make sure they're all the same size, so they don't look misshapen. You also want to make sure they have the same clasp to stay in place. No one likes to have to constantly pinch their ears to keep their earrings from sliding out!

 

15. PILING ON HOOPS

When it comes to stacking hoop earrings, there are many different ways you can potentially layer earrings to create an edgy and stylish look. The first technique is by tapering your hoops towards the back of the ear to become progressively smaller, mimicking the ear's natural shape. The widest hoop earring looks best placed in the broadest area of the ear, which is the ear lobe, and then progressively gets smaller.

The second technique for stacking hoop earrings is alternating between tiny stud earrings and hoops. This stacking style will provide a break from the heavyweight of hoops and create a beautiful pattern.

Another simple method for stacking hoop earrings is linking your hoops together in three different sections; one at the top, one in the middle, and one at the bottom. All three areas connect via a chain that also keeps each hoop stable. This style is perfect for those who want a bit of movement in their earrings without going too crazy.

 

16. STACKING CLUSTERS

Cluster earrings are a popular trend right now and look amazing stacked together. There are many different ways to stack cluster earrings, but we're going to share two of our favorites.

The first way is to stagger the clusters to alternate in size and shape. Staggering cluster earrings creates an exciting and unique look. Another way to stack cluster earrings is by grouping them in threes or fours. This creates a more uniform look and is perfect for those who want a bit of sparkle without going too over the top.

No matter how you choose to stack your cluster earrings, we promise you'll look stylish and chic.

 

17. THINK OUTSIDE OF THE LOBE

Studs are an excellent option for tragus piercings because they are comfortable and available in various styles. When you opt for a minimalist tiny stud for your tragus area, this small earring style usually blends in seamlessly and complements all other piercings effortlessly.

Likewise, a helix piercing adds an edgy and innovative twist to your ear stack. Everyday earrings like dainty hoops are ideal for this area because this delicate earring style hangs gently from your helix piercings without pulling.

 

18. PLAY IT SAFE!

Most people know that stacking earrings can cause discomfort or damage if they wear too many earrings at once. This problem is especially true for those who like to stack their piercings with dangly pieces of jewelry.

A. Dangly earrings can be dangerous. The reason why dangly pieces of jewelry can be dangerous is that they can easily get caught on things. This can cause the earrings to become dislodged from the ear or, worse, pull on the earring post and damage the ear.

 

If you are going to wear dangly pieces of jewelry, it is essential to take a few precautions:

  1. Only wear as many pieces as your ear can comfortably support.
  2. Space out dangly earrings so that they don't bunch up together.
  3. When moving your head or hair around, always use caution, especially if the dangly earrings are close to your face.

 

B. Stick to lightweight earring styles. Buy dainty earrings and won't stretch out your ear lobe piercings the way that heavy earrings might. Sticking to small earrings, tiny hoops, or even delicate threader earrings can help keep your ear lobe piercings small and supported.

C. Limit yourself. If you must wear heavy earrings, try wearing them for only a short time. Try to limit the weight you place on your ear lobes by reserving heavy earrings for special occasions. If you plan to wear heavy earrings, make sure to take them off as soon as your event is over.

D. Another good idea is to buy hollowed-out earrings to reduce the weight on your lobes. Hollow-out earrings are an excellent option if you want the look of heavy earrings but don't want the weight to cause discomfort.

E. Use earring backs. If you are determined to wear heavy earrings, using earring backs can help distribute the weight more evenly. Sturdy earring backs will help prevent your earrings from tugging on your piercings and causing discomfort.

F. Don't overdo it! The bottom line is that you should always listen to your body. If you feel discomfort or pain, it is probably a sign that you are wearing too many earrings. Try taking a break from ear stacking and give your ears time to heal.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

In conclusion, if you're interested in stacking earrings, there are many different styles to choose from. Stack simple studs for a casual look, or go all out with dangling jewelry for an attention-grabbing style.


No matter what type of stacking style you're going for, remember these tips, so your stacked earring look shines!