A unique trend is filling the pages of magazines and accessory displays, and it clings to the ears of fashionistas everywhere.
The ear cuff, the newest must-have accessory, has been featured by designers ranging from Jason Wu to Rodarte, and stars like Rihanna and Alicia Keys are catching on to this new incarnation of statement jewelry. Whether your ears are pierced or not, ear cuffs are an excellent and accessible way to make your look distinct.
No matter your style, you can find the perfect ear cuff. They are available in varying colors on fashion retail sites like Etsy and ASOS and in stores like H&M and Aldo. Some cuffs, held together by tiny wire bows, are simple and delicate enough for girls who want to coyly test the trend. More avant-garde, large animal-shaped pieces are fit for the more daring.
If you are looking for an everyday accessory that will dress up your casual T-shirt and jeans, look for lightweight cuffs that are relatively compact. Turquoise, textured metals and dainty charms are a modest way of approaching this trend.
For those with bohemian-chic wardrobes, ear cuffs decorated with feathers or vintage buttons and beads are a simple introduction to the ear cuff and trend.
Save the chains, spikes, stones and heavyweight versions for bolder nighttime looks. Wear these rocker styles with simple or delicate apparel to keep your ensemble from looking too theatrical. If you prefer simple styles that make a statement, look for cuffs that connect to traditional earrings with lightweight chains. This cuff connects to charms that clip into slicked-back hairdos.
Another take on the ear cuff connects a traditional stud to a cartilage cuff with a stone-studded earring that follows the shape of your ear. This particular style allows you to temporarily emulate the appearance of multiple ear piercings without any of the pain or maintenance of actual piercings. Wear these cuffs with your hair tied into a bun or ponytail to add a little spunk to a simple outfit and to make the piece more noticeable.
Because cuffs do not require the commitment of piercings and are available at almost every price point, anyone can incorporate this decoration into his or her accessory collection.
A version of this article appeared in the Wednesday, Nov. 28 print edition. Mary Hornack is a contributing writer. Email her at email@example.com.