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How to wear ear cuffs: nail one of the hottest celebrity jewellery trends

Sofia Richie and Nicola Peltz are both fans of the ear cuff

How to wear ear cuffs: nail one of the hottest celebrity jewellery trends
Chloe Gallacher
Style Writer
Updated: 16 April 2024
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Cancel your piercing appointment - the ear cuff is having its comeback moment. Sofia Richie is an avid fan of the trend, which has solidified its return for us.

Worn around the outer edge of your ear, the piece simply slips over the cartilage and generally gives off a similar look to that of a helix or snug piercing. If you love the look of these piercings but don't want to actually commit to getting it done, the ear cuff is a quick and easy alternative for you.

A dazzling ear cuff is a great way to add some pizazz to your "earscape" (it's a thing, I promise!), without the pain of an actual piercing. But how to ace the celebrity-favoured jewellery trend?  

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How to wear ear cuffs

The key to nailing the ear cuff is to start simple. Opt for a plainer style to see if the trend is right for you - if you're unsure and go for a big statement style it might put you off straight away. 

Find some examples of the styles that you like – looking at photos of people with a similar piercing arrangement to your own is a decent place to start – and go from there. For inspo, head to social media: Instagram and Pinterest are great for this. 

Indulge in some celebrity inspo

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Sofia Richie always gives us the ultimate style inspo. She posted this pic to her Instagram with a bold, statement gold earring paired with a simple silver ear cuff. Don't be afraid to mix metals when it comes to styling your stack. The fact she's a fan has us running to add some to our earscape.

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Another fan of the ear cuff is Nicola Peltz, wife of Brooklyn Beckham. Rather than opt for a simple style, Nicola has gone all out with a large, diamond encrusted piece. Its giving maximum impact with minimum effort.

How do you make sure your ear cuff stays on? 

When you decide upon a style that you're happy with, thread the ear cuff over the thinnest part of your upper ear and slide it over your cartilage into place. If it feels a little loose, give it a gentle squeeze to reduce the size of the gap and make sure your ear cuff stays put.

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Can you wear ear cuffs on both ears? 

You can absolutely wear ear cuffs on both ears. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to this jewellery trend. We recommend you avoid too much balance, and so if you're going to try it out, go for two different styles rather than wearing the exact same design of cuff on both sides. 

Another stellar way of nailing the trend is by layering. Stacking ear cuffs on top of one another can be super stylish and mixing different textures can be really effective when it comes to curating an interesting earscape.

Hello! Fashion shares the most stylish ear cuffs to add to cart right now: 

  • 18-Karat Gold Diamond Ear Cuff

    18-Karat Gold Diamond Ear Cuff


    Looking for a simple yet sparkly cuff? This one ticks the box - its small diamonds aren't overwhelming and will add a pretty finish to your ear.

  • Molten Pearl Twist Double Ear Cuff

    Molten Pearl Twist Double Ear Cuff


    If you're looking for something a bit more statement, we love this entwined gold and pearl style. Pair with simpler earrings to keep focus on the cuff.

  • Duet Mixed Ear Cuff

    Duet Mixed Ear Cuff


    Don't be afraid to mix metals when it comes to stacking your jewellery. This Mejuri piece has done the job for us.

  • Crystal Chain Gold Ear Cuff

    Crystal Chain Gold Ear Cuff

    Astrid & Miyu

    We love the draped chain finishing on this statement sparkly pair.

  • Granulated Triple Short Spike Tash Cuff Earring

    Granulated Triple Short Spike Tash Cuff Earring

    Maria Tash

    Inject some rebellion into your ear stack with this silver spiked style. 

  • Nura Reef Ear Cuff

    Nura Reef Ear Cuff

    Monica Vinader

    We love the cut-out detailing on this dainty gold style from fashion editor approved brand, Monica Vinader.

  • Organic Wave Ear Cuff

    Organic Wave Ear Cuff


    This is perfect for those that want a simple style with an interesting finish - its subtle wave shape will work so well alongside your other earrings.

  • Radiant Ear Cuff

    Radiant Ear Cuff


    This is the perfect piece for those that are looking for a statement style. We love how it wraps around the whole ear for a real stand-out finish.

  • Double Hoop Ear Cuff

    Double Hoop Ear Cuff

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    Why have one ear cuff when you can get two in one? This will give the illusion of two cuffs stacked alongside each other - saves you the trouble of buying two!

  • 14-Karat Recycled Gold Ear Cuff

    Lanyard 14-Karat Recycled Gold Ear Cuff

    Loren Stewart

    We love a sustainable style. The twisted finish on this recycled gold ear cuff will give a subtle yet effective look to your earscape.

How we chose the pieces:

Aesthetic: I chose ten different ear cuffs and ensured that they were all different, to give a wide range of styles.

Brand: Everything on this list is from a range of brands, from high-street to designer.

Price: From designer delights to high street statements,  I have chosen a range of products from various price points.

Why you should trust me:

I am Hello! Fashion’s Fashion Assistant, with seven years of experience within the fashion journalism industry. I have a love for fashion and spotting upcoming trends, coveted pieces and scouring online for irresistible new-in finds.

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