Ear cuffs are very on trend these days. You can find them on everyone from celebrities to middle school girls. It makes sense- they’re cute, and they’re a great alternative for ladies who like the pierced look but don’t want the pain or commitment of an actual piercing. You see them all over the place, and it can make you wonder, “How do I actually wear one of these? Is it appropriate for work? Or formal events? How much should I be spending on one?”
We’ve gathered some super cute examples, and we’ll give you some ideas on how to wear them. There’s something for every taste, whether you want something bold and edgy or delicate and feminine. There’s even some that you can wear to work. And, there are options from $10 to $10,000 so you’ll hopefully be able to find something that’s in your price range.
Avant-garde ear cuffs like the one Gigi Hadid wore to the American Music awards are truly show-stopping. Gigi’s ear cuff is more of an ear crawler, which is great if you want to make a statement but you don’t like to wear a lot of jewelry or heavy earrings. Any kind of crystal or rhinestone is perfect for adding a little bit of sparkle.
Baublebar Andromeda Crystal Ear Crawlers and Stud Earrings Set
$48 at the time of publication
Ear crawlers like these are sort of an alternative form of ear cuff. They wrap through an existing piercing and usually go up the ear. These stars are fun and sparkly, and a great option for a mid-range budget. It also comes with matching stud earrings, so you can wear it all if you have multiple piercings, or mix and match.
This crystal crawler set is available at nordstrom.com.
Rihanna was spotted out wearing a spiked ear cuff by Maria Francesa. This is a more minimalist take on ear cuffs that’s great for a professional environment. The darker silver adds a bit of an edge to the look. A look like this is a really easy way to incorporate ear cuffs into your everyday style without going too bold or loud.
Sterling Silver Bar Linked Ear Cuff
$10 at time of publication
Here’s a sleek and modern budget option from ASOS. The clean lines of this ear cuff go nicely with sharp, tailored looks, making this a good option to wear in a professional setting. To keep the minimalist look going, pair with simple silver studs or close fitting hoops. This is also a more subtle piece, so it’s a good way to ease into the ear cuff trend without going all out right away. It also looks good when you already have cartilage piercings.
This silver bar linked ear cuff is available at asos.com.
Try a bedazzled look like this one that Rihanna wore to the “Home” press event. The gemstones really pop against the metal and draw the eye. It’s bold and chunky, but still refined and easy to wear. It makes a great statement piece, especially when paired with a dramatic neckline.
Adina’s Jewels Baguette Ear Cuff
$58 at the time of publication
This is a gorgeous ear cuff with a great pop of color. It’s the perfect piece for wearing in spring or summer. It can add a bit of a boho touch to any look- try wearing with similar gold toned jewelry to create a cohesive look. Small gold hoops are a great choice. This is a mid range option that’s cute and eye-catching.
This turquoise ear cuff available is at nordstrom.com.
Rihanna is seen here sporting a pair of $8,000 diamond encrusted ear cuffs. This is an awesome, super versatile ear cuff look that can go from home to the office to a night out, all in one day. It’s easy to make a look like this with just about any delicate earrings and ear cuffs. This is a great choice for any style.
Sterling Silver Minimal Ear Cuff
$7 at the time of publication
This is a super simple, inexpensive option. It’s great if you’re on a budget, but it’s also gorgeous and versatile. It can be worn with pretty much any outfit- office wear, a casual shirt and jeans, even a formal gown. It can also be worn in varying locations on your ear- higher, lower, you can even wear a couple of them for the illusion of multiple piercings.
This minimal ear cuff is available at asos.com.
If you’re looking to make a statement, try an ear cuff like these diamond floral ear cuffs Hailey Bieber wore to the Met Gala. It’s super detailed and wraps the whole ear. The flowers are a stunning touch and they really make this into a gorgeous statement piece that’s perfect for special events. It’s great on its own, but it also looks fabulous paired with a similar necklace.
Alan Crocetti Silver Rose Ear Cuff
$345 at time of publication
This ear cuff is perfect for adding a bit of romance to your look. The rose is dainty and feminine, a great choice for a spring or summer outfit. It looks lovely with softer bohemian looks, but you can also make it a little bit bolder if you pair it with bold earrings and jewelry. It’s less office-friendly, but it is a fun choice for casual or formal looks. If you’re a fairy princess at heart, this is definitely the ear cuff for you.
This rose ear cuff is available at ssense.com.
Rihanna may have worn these ear cuffs to the 2015 Grammy awards but these still make the perfect accent piece to a casual look. These ear cuffs add a touch of elegance with minimal effort. Wearing them conch-style like this is also a really easy way to add a unique twist to your outfit. And the crystals add just the right amount of sparkle.
Adina’s Jewels Hinged Pave Ear Cuff
$48 at the time of publication
This is a similarly bedazzled ear cuff that can be worn conch style or on your upper cartilage. It looks stunning with matching earrings and really adds a touch of class to any look. Try pairing it with a tee and cardigan to keep it casual but still super fashionable. The silver is our favorite, but it’s available in gold, too. This ear cuff looks best when paired with delicate, minimal jewelry- in this case, less is more.
This hinged pave ear cuff is available at nordstrom.com.
Beyonce posted one of many snaps to her instagram sporting these dazzling ear cuffs. They’re not too big, so it’s easy to wear a look like this if you’re just trying out ear cuffs, but the pops of color really make it stand out. An ear cuff look like this perfectly complements a chunky jewelry look from chunky gold necklaces to gold signet rings.
Sterling Silver With Gold Plate Ear Cuff With Pink Crystal Stones
$13 at time of publication
This is a delicate piece with just the right amount of color. It’s reasonably priced and perfect for spring or summer. Best of all, it’s made of recycled sterling silver, so you can feel good about what you’re buying. Wear with an outfit that has similar pops of color and you’ll look trendy and put together in no time.
This gold plate ear cuff is available at asos.com.
An incredible statement ear cuff like the one Vanessa Hudgens posted to her instagram account is perfect formal occasions or as a statement piece for a night out. Wear your hair up so that it doesn’t get tangled in it. If you wear a piece like this you don’t need much else in terms of jewelry. This piece has an awesome, sort of otherworldly fantasy vibe to it that goes great with a metallic dress or suit.
Python 18K Gold Diamond Ear Cuff
$10,900 at the time of publication
This is a gorgeous, high end piece that really makes a statement. Any sort of ear cuff like this one that wraps fully around the ear is a great option if you don’t like to wear a lot of jewelry but still want to look put together and stand out. This is definitely a more expensive piece but if you’re up to splurging on it it’s definitely worth it.
Gold diamond ear cuff available at modaoperandi.com.
Stacking ear cuffs like Beyonce does is a really great way to incorporate multiple finishes, metals, etc. into your look without it being super overwhelming or distracting. Pearls look stunning and classy when paired with gold or silver. Small rhinestones can add some sparkle without being too loud or flashy.
BaubleBar Clasina Set of 2 Genuine Pearl Ear Cuffs
$42 at the time of publication
These are beautiful and timeless, and great for wearing together or separately. Ear cuffs are a modern trend, but the pearls and the gold accents are classic and give the pair a little bit of a vintage look. You can also pair these with matching earrings and necklace for a super easy way to make your look cohesive and put together.
Pearl ear cuff set available at nordstrom.com.
Lupita Nyong’o rocked this elegant ear cuff to Calvin Klein’s Celebration of Women in Film. An ear cuff like this is super simple and great for everyday wear. It can be paired with just about any other jewelry you want. If you’ve never worn an ear cuff before, something like this one is a great place to start. It’s also plain enough that it’s easy to layer up with other earrings and/or ear cuffs.
Astrid & Miyu Rose Gold Plated Minimal Ear Cuff
$56 at the time of publication
Rose gold is super on trend, and this ear cuff is an easy way to incorporate it into your look. It’s super minimalist, so you can wear it to the office, with a casual look, going out, the possibilities are endless. It’s in the middle of the price range, so it’s a great piece to invest in and wear for a long time. Pair this one with other minimal, rose gold jewelry for a stunning on trend look.
Rose gold minimal ear cuff available at asos.com.