A Guide to the Most Popular Earring Styles

Woman Wearing Small Pair of Diamond Hoop Earrings

Finding the right earring style to match your fashion aesthetic, lifestyle, and budget is no joke. But when there are so many different trendy earrings and earring styles to choose from, how can you narrow down the search? From everyday earrings to special occasion earrings, once you know about all the most popular styles of earrings, you’ll be acing the accessory game. 

How to Choose an Earring Style

IPPOLITA Rock Candy® Sterling Silver Small Gemstone Teardrop Earrings

As you search for the ideal earring style, think about what jewelry tends to catch your eye; do you love big diamond earrings, glamorous hoop earrings, or are you more of a simple stud earring fan? Since any piece of designer jewelry is a significant investment, you want to make sure you’re going to adore them for years to come rather than opting for the latest fashion earrings. 

Another critical thing to consider is the jeweler you are purchasing from. You want to make sure the luxurious diamond studs or sassy hoop earrings in your collection are of high-quality and clarity as well as durable. So, it’s essential to check that your jeweler is reputable. Start by looking at customer reviews, asking questions, and checking out their jewelry insurance policy before making your purchase.

When you shop at Fink’s, you can trust the dedication that goes into all our jewelry. We have always stood by our traditional values of high-quality jewelry making and ethical diamond mining since the beginning of our company in 1930. 

We continue to work hard to ensure that we provide some of the industry’s most beloved and sought-after brands that hold the same values we do. Today, Fink’s is proud to be one of the top 50 jewelers in America, with clients who return for a reason. 

Earring Shapes and Styles for Every Occasion

Sabel Collection 18K White Gold "S" Diamond Stick Climber Earrings

No matter where your day or evening may take you, adding a little jewelry can help make your outfit feel complete. Trendy earrings have the ability to transform the look of your wardrobe, whether you’re a dangle earring gal or prefer a classic stud. From errands to the grocery store to a night out with friends, there are no rules to accessorizing with your earring styles. We’re sharing all our favorite ways to accessorize every day with sparkle on your earlobes.

Earrings for Everyday Outings

From brilliant diamonds and gemstone earrings to the subtle gold earring stud, you can make any trendy earring style an everyday accessory. There’s no right or wrong, and do we ever think there can be too many diamonds? Our jewelry experts want to share their best tips on dressing your earrings up or down with ease.

Accessorize for Daily Errands 

Adding a trendy earring to accessorize your outfit can be as simple as putting on your favorite diamond stud earrings. Don’t be afraid to break out the carats and pair them with your casual clothing. Those beauties weren’t meant to be tucked away in a jewelry box. Show off those dainty diamond huggies no matter what you throw on for the day, and take your accessorizing to new heights!

Earrings for Date Night 

Whether you’ve planned a night at the movies or a black-tie affair, your earring selection can only enhance your look. Throw your hair up and put your favorite gold earrings on display for all to admire.

Dressy in Gemstones 

IPPOLITA Wonderland Sterling Silver Large Gemstone Teardrop Earrings

Colorful gemstone earrings are always a fun way to add a hint of color to your attire. From sapphires to emeralds, gemstones are ideal for any look and every occasion.

Pair a set of Celeste Teardrop Earrings from the IPPOLITA Wonderland Collection with your favorite jeans and a crisp white tee. You’ll turn heads and catch many glances with this gorgeous sky-blue crystal. A Teardrop Pendant in Celeste or the Mother-of-Pearl are perfect staple choices, too!

Undecided about what earrings to add to your jewelry box? Everyone has a different purpose for each piece of jewelry, so make sure the earrings you pick have all the qualities you’re looking for.

Our 5 most popular earring types are:

  • hoop earrings
  • dangle earrings and drop earrings
  • climber earrings
  • huggie earrings
  • stud earrings

Hoop Earring Style

One of the most popular and trending earring styles right now is hoops. Since they’re a perfect circle, they have represented infinity, unity, and wholeness throughout history. They were even a standard part of Kings’ and Queens’ wardrobes to signify their social status.

Hoop earrings are an ever-evolving trend that we don’t see going out of style any time soon. They are so versatile that there’s a perfect pair for everyone’s wardrobe. Some of our favorite ways to wear hoop earrings are: 

  • elevating a casual outfit
  • dressing up for a night out
  • adding a classy touch to your work pants and dress shirt 
Everyday-Wear Hoop Earrings
Roberto Coin Perfect Gold Hoops Small Yellow Gold Hoop Earrings

Turning jeans and a T-shirt into a runway look is simple when you have a classic pair of hoops. They’re a staple everyone needs since a plain pair of gold or silver hoop earrings match practically everything, from baggy jeans to bodycon dresses. 

An attractive option for every day is the Roberto Coin perfect gold hoops. They’re just the right size, bold enough to make a statement but small enough to stay out of your way during daily tasks. Plus, you can guarantee they’ll last in your collection for a long time since they’re made with 18k gold. 

Hoop Earrings for Special Occasions

A night out on the town is just the right time to show off some statement jewelry. When you have a fun pair of hoops, you don’t have to worry about finding a fancy necklace and rings to add (unless you want to, of course) because they add enough to an outfit on their own. Instead, go for a bigger size hoop, a unique shape, or diamond earrings to spice up your night-out look. 

Roberto Coin Perfect Diamond Hoops Earrings

A popular option at Fink’s is the Roberto Coin perfect diamond hoops. They’re small, so they won’t get in the way of your drinks or while dancing but will sparkle and shine all night. Owning this pair of diamond hoops will be worth the investment because they’re so versatile.

Hoop Earrings for Work

Perhaps you love the look of hoops but still need something simple enough to wear at work. A tiny pair with a solid metal is sure to fit almost any dress code. Even if you have a laborious job, you can still look stylish while doing it with small hoop earrings.

Clients love our Sabel Everyday Collection gold hoops. They will add that little extra something to your accessory game without being distracting or gaudy. Plus, you can guarantee their quality since they’re made with 14k white gold.

Stylish Dangle and Drop Earrings

Jewelry should be a unique way to represent your personality, so we understand not always wanting to wear a plain hoop earring or stud. Dangle and drop earrings will add a lively touch to your cluster of jewelry. With a colorful dangle, you won’t need to spend 45 minutes finding the perfect outfit.

What’s the difference between a drop or dangle earring? Think of it this way: dangle earrings move with you; drops don’t. Drop earrings typically have a stationary gem or stone that hangs from the earlobe, while dangles tend to fall farther below the ear.

When’s the best occasion to bring out the dangles and drops? Just like any accessory, it’s all about catering to your own style. However, some of the best events for wearing dangles and drops are formal events, parties, or dressing down on a casual day.

Dangle Earrings for Special Occasions
Mikimoto 7.5mm Akoya Pearl and Diamond Dangle Earrings

You might love bold and colorful dangly earrings, but everyone needs a classic pair for a put-together look. Having elegant jewelry like diamond earrings will make you feel like the fanciest person at every event. The best earring style options for fancy events are drop earrings with pearls, diamonds, or stunning gemstones. 

Looking graceful and gorgeous has never been more effortless with the Mikimoto pearl and diamond dangle earrings. These diamond earrings are a great style of earring for weddings, work events, and everything in between. Plus, their small size won’t distract from your gorgeous dress or pantsuit.

Perfect Dangles for a Party

Parties are a time to express your style and go bold with jewelry. Showcasing a statement accessory over a patterned dress is a smart choice since you can mix and match it with any outfit. 

Marco Bicego Lunaria 18K Yellow Gold Hand-Engraved Stud Dangle Earrings

Some of our favorite fun earring styles are Marco Bicego hand-engraved stud dangles. These gold earrings offer a distinctive texture that you can’t find in other jewelry. All the pieces from this Marco Bicego collection were cut and detailed using the Bulino technique. 

Dressing Drop Earrings Down for Everyday Wear

As fun as it is to get dressed up for a fancy occasion, everyone needs a go-to earring style that will work for casual days, too. When you want to wear a colorful jewelry piece like a gemstone drop earring, keep it simple with the rest of your outfit. Throw on a plain white tee and jeans to match your favorite statement earring style. 

One of our favorite pairs for a casual look is the IPPOLITA gemstone teardrop earrings. They come in a variety of stones, such as clear quartz, celeste, turquoise, and more. The vast color choices mean finding one that suits your aesthetic will be easy for this style of earring.

Gorgeous Climber Earrings

Climber Earrings are some of the most attractive styles of earrings on the market right now. They’re a rising jewelry trend that’s bound to become a timeless staple. They’re worn simply as an elongated stud, so they’re lovely for people who love bold earring types but hate the hassle of wearing them.

The versatility and unique style of these earrings make them a perfect touch for every outfit. Choose a diamond earring for something classier or a fun design to show your style.  

Formal Climber Earrings for Special Occasions 

As mentioned before, a pair of diamond earrings is a must for any formal event. If studs just don’t cut it, but hoops are too big and flashy, climbers are just right for you. Even if they took you 30 seconds to throw on, you’ll have everyone at the party convinced you took hours to get ready.

The Sabel Collection diamond climber earrings are a lovely earring style for anyone who loves the convenience of studs but not the simplicity. The 1.22cttw stones in these trendy earrings will have you sparkling and shining from a distance.

Our Sabel Collection “S” climbers are another gorgeous option. You can get them in a variety of sizes, with both flashy or more toned-down diamonds. The diamonds within these earrings are G-H in color and SI2 in clarity, so you can trust their quality.

Climber Earrings for Everyday Wear
Sabel Collection 18K White Gold Floral Diamond Climber Earrings

As crucial as it is to have a classic, staple accessory, you need to have some bold, fashion earrings to set you apart from everyone else. What makes climbers so extraordinary is that they allow you to be self-expressive without wearing something that will weigh you down or distract you. Look for a pair with a unique diamond pattern or colorful gemstone earrings.

Some of our favorites are our Sabel Collection floral diamond climbers from Fink’s. The floral jewelry design is fun and fresh, so this trendy earring in white gold adds a refined touch. These earrings will look best paired with a casual sweater or your favorite sundress. They’re truly the perfect fashion earring for any look.

Versatile Huggie Earrings

Much like stud earrings, huggie earrings are incredibly versatile. These tiny beauties resemble miniature hoop earrings without the dangle aspect. The ear-hugging trend earrings are dainty, classy, and an essential in every jewelry box.

Formal Huggie Earrings for Special Occasions

From huggie gemstone earrings to huggie 14k gold earrings, there is an array of stunning choices that will make as big of an impression as oversized dangle fashion earring.

Stunning Stud Earrings

If you like to keep it simple with your accessories, rather than wearing flashy, trendy earrings, consider adding some classic stud earrings to your collection. Studs are smaller and typically feature a center stone or gem. The size of a stud can vary, but they stay within the perimeter of the earlobe. Studs are perfect for every day, formal events, and for adding a pop of color to your favorite work outfit. 

Best Stud Earrings for Everyday Wear
Sabel Collection Bezel Set Diamond Stud Earrings

Simple stud earrings are the little black dress of your jewelry collection. Those fashion earrings are always a trusty go-to. They add an absolutely gorgeous touch, whether you’re accessorizing for work or a casual dinner. If you’re looking for studs that will work for every outfit and occasion, you should check out diamond stud earrings. 

A popular option is the Fink’s Sabel Collection diamond studs. These diamond earring styles are available in white or yellow gold. You can also guarantee the quality of the diamonds due to the Fink’s Lifetime Guarantee

Stud Earrings for Special Occasions
Mikimoto 6mm Akoya Pearl and Diamond Yellow Gold Stud Earrings

When you pair beautiful stud earrings with your favorite dress or a statement necklace, they will bring the whole look together. Some of our favorite statement studs are the Mikimoto pearl and diamond earrings. They add a classy and elegant touch without being over the top. The combination of pearls and diamonds will be stunning for weddings, dinner parties, work events, or any other formal event on your calendar. 

Colorful Stud Earrings
Sabel Collection Birthstone and Diamond Halo Earrings
If you’re craving some color in your neutral wardrobe, colorful studs are a great option. We’re all guilty of buying one too many black clothing items, so amp up your outfits with your earrings. Birthstone earrings will not only add color to your collection but will also represent a part of you.

Our Sabel Collection birthstone and diamond earrings are a wonderful stud earring style option. Studs for each birth month are available online at Fink’s. Just keep in mind that the birthstone diamond earrings are special orders and might take longer to ship, so plan the purchase accordingly if you’re buying them for a specific event or a loved one. 

Does Earring Style Enhance Wardrobe?

The style of earrings you select can enhance or detract from any look. For instance, a beautiful pair of dangle earrings is very flattering to a plunging neckline, while a flashy pair of fashion earrings may clash with the latest animal print dress.

Strive to choose a style of earrings that will be a staple accessory in your jewelry collection. Careful consideration of trendy earrings will ensure you’re look is always flattering.

The ideal style of earrings can:

  • add depth, color, and personality to your outfit
  • accentuate the neckline
  • transform any look from casual to formal
  • help minimize characteristics you prefer to hide

Selecting the Best Style of Earrings

IPPOLITA Chimera Rock Candy Blue Topaz Teardrop Earrings

Before purchasing the latest fashion earrings to hit the market, there’s one important variable we suggest you take into consideration. Those trendy earrings you’ve been eyeing may not be the most flattering earring style for your facial shape.

Why Choose Earring Types Based on Your Face Shape? 

When you select a pair of versatile stud earrings or the perfect hoop earrings, they can enhance your best facial features while minimizing your areas of concern. Earrings best suited to the shape of your face can elongate a rounded face shape or instantly highlight your cheekbones.

How to Select Earring Types According to Facial Shape

One rule of thumb our earring experts like to share is to select an earring style that is the opposite shape of your face. It’s such a simple tip, yet it has the power to take those gorgeous, trendy earrings from a fashion earring statement to your signature look!

Determining the shape of your face is key to identifying which earring styles are recommended for your facial shape. From dangle earrings to huggie earrings, choosing your earring shapes strategically will complement your facial structure while making a statement with your new fashion earrings.

Facial shapes include:

  • round
  • oval
  • square
  • narrow
  • diamond
  • heart

What is the Round-Shaped Face?

A round face shape has a wider area around the cheekbones, while the forehead and jawline are narrower. The face resembles a more circular shape, making dangle earrings the ideal earring style choice. 

What Earring Shapes Are Most Flattering?

Dangle earrings or long teardrop earring shapes will elongate the face while complementing a round facial structure best. If you’re trying to slim the appearance of your round-shaped face or cheeks, thin, long dangle earrings are the perfect earring shapes to choose. Even if you fall for a pair of round, trendy earrings, they may accentuate your round facial features rather than give you the elongated look you desire.

Our favorite earring shapes and styles:
Sabel Collection 14K White Gold Round Diamond Bar Dangle Earrings

If you’re off to celebrate a special occasion, we highly recommend our Sable Collection Round Diamond Bar Dangle Earrings. These sparkling 14k white gold earrings will help elongate the look of your facial structure. We suggest a complementary plunging neckline with your trendy earrings to pull your look together.   

What is the Square-Shaped Face?

The square-shaped face may lack narrow areas between the forehead and cheekbone or from the cheekbone to jawline. Typically, you may notice the width of the forehead, cheeks, and jawline are about the same. 

What Earring Shapes Are Most Flattering?

The most flattering earring shapes for square facial features are round or oval. You still have an array of earring styles to select from, like huggies, stud earrings, dangles, or hoop earrings. In fact, if you select an oversized hoop earring, this earring shape will pull focus to your earlobes rather than the angles of your square-shaped features. If you choose dangle earrings with rounded edges, this earring shape will give your angles a softer appearance.

Our favorite earring shapes and styles:
IPPOLITA Classico Sterling Silver Wavy Open Oval Earrings

Soften features with a pair of IPPOLITA Classico Wavy Open Oval Dangle Earrings. The versatile sterling silver earrings add texture to the stunning earring shape. 

These always-trendy earrings are ideal for 2 reasons: 
  1. Its wavy design adds the illusion of motion. The curvature of these dangle earrings draws the eye in and away from sharp angles.
  2. The oval earring shape of these silver earrings helps elongate and soften the naturally square jawline.

What is the Oval-Shaped Face?

Those with an oval face shape will notice the forehead isn’t very wide while the face seems to narrow slightly into a rounded chin. Typically, an oval-shaped face boasts beautiful, high cheekbones.

An oval face can pull off nearly any earring shape. Choose from bold dangle earrings to angular, oversized hoop earrings. The oval face shape complements most any earring shape and trendy earring style.

John Hardy Bamboo Sterling Silver Small Hoop Earrings

We adore the John Hardy Bamboo Small Hoop Earrings. The silver earrings pair well with a casual wardrobe for your everyday earrings or complete the outfit for those special occasion earrings.

What is the Narrow-Shaped Face?

The width of the forehead and cheeks are less defined, putting emphasis on the length of the narrow-shaped face. As with a square-shaped face, dangle earrings are the ideal earring shape. A shorter dangle earring, especially one with more volume, will provide fullness to the oval face. Dangle earrings with elongated curves will highlight the cheekbones while minimizing the length of your facial structure.

Marco Bicego Lunaria 18K Yellow Gold Hand-Engraved Earrings with Diamonds

We recommend a pair of Marco Bicego Lunaria Hand-Engraved Stud Dangle Earrings. The hand-made gold earrings offer curvature to the facial structure and are always a crowd-pleaser.

What is the Diamond-Shaped Face?

A diamond face shape has accentuated cheekbones with a narrower forehead and chin. This shape is also referred to as the inverted triangle shape. Balancing the naturally pointed facial features is best achieved with an earring shape that is wider rather than longer. You’ll love trendy earrings created with clean lines to help create this appearance.

Dainty is the way to go if you’re looking for the best way to flatter your facial structure. Delicate drop earrings and huggies, rather than long earrings, will soften the tapering of your face to your pointed chin. These earring shapes will give the illusion of a wider jawline, softening angles and pulling focus from the forehead.

Sabel Everyday Collection 14K Yellow Gold U-Shape Huggie Hoop Earrings

Our Sabel Everyday Collection U-Shape Huggie Earrings are our favorite choice for a diamond face shape. The stunning 14K gold earrings make an incredible everyday earring and special occasion earring choice while softening the facial shape.

What is the Heart-Shaped Face?

The heart-shaped face is an envied shape, especially for its ability to pull off so many styles and looks. Your facial structure is heart-shaped if you have a forehead that is wider than the cheekbones while the face begins to narrow just below the cheekbones, down to the chin. A variety of earring shapes and styles suit this lovely face shape.

The best earring shapes and styles for the heart-shaped face include larger stud earrings and earring shapes that are wider at the bottom than the top. The teardrop earring shape and curvy, elongated dangle earrings are always a brilliant choice to balance your features by bringing attention to the jawline and cheekbones.

Sabel Collection 14K White Gold Cushion Emerald and Diamond Earrings

We love a heart-shaped face accented with dazzling Cushion Emerald and Diamond Stud Earrings. The 14k white gold earrings are perfect for a special occasion and add that extra something to any outfit as an everyday earring. 

IPPOLITA’s Chimera Rock Candy Blue Topaz Teardrops also make a remarkable choice. The subtle gemstone earrings are just what your jewelry collection needs.

The Importance of Earring Care

Now that you’ve gotten a clear idea of what earring style you’re looking for, how do you keep them beautiful for longer? You might throw your $10 huggie earrings right in your purse during a night out, but what should you do when you make a more significant jewelry investment? With a few helpful tips from our earring experts, you’ll help your priceless and sentimental pieces stay beautiful for years to come.

IPPOLITA Wonderland Sterling Silver Large Gemstone Teardrop Earrings

We do recommend getting all your designer jewelry professionally cleaned and inspected at least once a year. You’ll also keep your diamond warranty valid while ensuring your gemstones are always safe and secure while answering any repair questions necessary. Then, keep those beautiful earrings shining bright in between your yearly check-ins with weekly jewelry cleaning at home. We also recommend that you ask your jewelry professional for advice on how to polish them safely and effectively on your own at home, as gemstones and metals may need different TLC. 

While your nightstand or bathroom counter might seem like an appropriate place to store your jewelry, that isn’t the best way. If you can, you should keep the original box the earrings came in and put them away after each wear. 

If your collection of staple and fashion earrings is a bit too large for all those jewelry boxes, there are many fantastic storage methods for lots of diamond earrings at once. The only thing to keep in mind is that earrings can collect dust more quickly when they are out in the open and exposed to the air, so plan your cleanings accordingly.

Another crucial part of jewelry care is making sure your jewelry is insured. For example, some of our stud earrings with a single center diamond are backed by the Fink’s Lifetime Guarantee. Aside from the store’s guarantee, other ways to ensure jewelry are through a jewelry insurance company, like Jewelers Mutual, or purchasing an extension on your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance.

So, whether you’re a diamond stud earring lover, huggie earring fan, or dangling trendy earring wearer, we have quite the collection to satisfy every unique style and facial shape there is. We invite you to come into a Fink's Jewelers near you and experience the incredible earring collection we have waiting for you!