Ear jackets – a trendy fashion choice
Ear lobes are having a moment and wearing jackets. Confused? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered on all you need to know about earring jackets.
Earring jackets are surprisingly subtle but can have a big impact on your overall look. They defy the stereotype that minimalist jewellery means small and delicate designs and bold jewellery means chunky and colorful.
Ear jackets offer something for every taste and style with their high impact architectural look so this will be the only jacket you’ll wear this summer.
Ear jackets vs. ear crawlers
With all new trendy things, it’s easy to be bombarded with lots of terminology. This can make it harder to narrow down the earring jacket of your dreams if you don’t even know what to look for. For example, is an ear jacket the same as an ear crawler?
No, these are two different variations of the same trend.
Let me explain.
Ear jackets come in a few different versions but the principle of the earring jacket involves an extra component that goes on your earring post, usually behind the ear lobe. It is held in place with a butterfly or clasp. This hangs down behind your ear lobe, as a part of your earring, giving that extra oomph to your look.
An earring crawler or climber is typically a piece that slides up your ear and often don’t require a clasp to hold them in place.
As multiple ear piercings have been moving into the mainstream, ear jackets offer those with a single ear piercing to have fun playing with styling options and multiple combinations.
This makes them collectible as you can mix-and-match your earring jacket sets with various stud sets.
Tip: Try looking for earring enhancers if you’re not having any luck with earring jackets.
An old trend with a new twist
You might be wondering, are earring jackets a new thing?
Well surprisingly not. Earring jackets have been around before but not in this guise. Previously, earring jackets could mean a circular ring that you wear around a stud to give it a halo effect. Unlike the modern earring jacket, these jackets could only be worn with a specific stud as you had to fit this inside the jacket.
Enter the new kid on the block:
The under-lobe earring jacket that’s taking the earring world by storm. The jacket cleverly sweeps under your ear lobe adding some sparkly embellishment. Under-lobe jackets are most commonly paired with a simple round stud leaving the jacket to do all the talking.
How to wear ear jackets
Ear jackets are such versatile pieces that they can be worn in several ways. Some sets come with a few jacket and stud options so you can mix and match to your hearts content. They are a great way to upscale studs and they don’t feel too try-hard compared to drop or hoop earrings.
Ear jackets are the perfect way to convert your day look to evening. For example, you can embellish a diamond stud earring by adding an ear jacket with a semi-circular row of diamonds around you ear lobe as well, giving a halo effect.
For those that want to embrace the earring jacket trend at your next formal event, do swap your diamond studs or cocktail earrings for a dramatic stud and jacket combination. If you want a more dramatic look, why not try adding hoop designs and hanging components for more dramatic look?
Wearing jackets with pearls gives a fresh approach on timeless classic gemstones whilst still looking sophisticated and feminine. But they also work well with spiky jackets and minimalist studs for that rock chic vibe.
Costume jewellery stores and designers have been leading the way with ear jacket designs. You can pick up jackets with large plastic gemstones, which would otherwise be much heavier if made from the natural stone.
Highstreets and malls are the best place to shop for earring jackets. Stores like Forever 21 and Anthropologie offer quick ways to get the look by creating multi pack sets; something we’re unlikely to see ever take off in fine jewellery.
Some sets come with a few jacket and stud pairings so you can mix and match. You can make six different combinations with a set of two studs and two different jackets. Buying a set with a few options is an economical way to embrace this trend as you can get several looks from a single pair of earrings.
Things to know before buying ear jackets
Each of us has different needs when it comes to fitting an ear jacket. Fortunately, most earring jackets come with a few settings so you can adjust the length to fit your ear lobe. Here are the top things you need to consider before you buy an ear jacket.
- Weight is the biggest consideration when buying any earring but even more so for earring jackets. Heavy earrings are usually uncomfortable and by the end of the day taking them off resembles the feeling you get when you kick off high heeled shoes. If you’re not used to wearing heavy earrings or if you normally just wear studs then earring jackets will feel a little different.
To reduce the weight and the cost, earring jackets are often made from costume jewellery materials such as glass, plastic and brass. Edgy and trendy jewellery trends often don’t take off in the fine jewellery world as people are less likely to be looking for trends and will want something much more timeless if they are planning to spend more money on this purchase.
- As always, check which metal the earrings are made from to make sure you’re not allergic to them. Always wear non-reactive metals such as surgical steel and no nickel on all parts of the earring that will touch your skin. If you have a sensitivity to some metals look for jackets and studs that are made from a high carat gold, sterling silver or gold vermeil as these are less likely to produce a reaction.
- The eagle eyed among you will notice that the jackets often have very different flat plates. The plate is the part of the earring that sits alongside the back of your ear lobe which you should never see from the front.
A thicker plate will be sturdier as you’re helping to distribute the weight on your stud post however consequently others might spot them behind you ear. Vice versa, thinner plates will mean there is less weight distribution but the back of the earring will be very discrete.
- As a rule of thumb, it’s best to buy the jacket and stud from the same place as these two components are designed to be worn together. The stud post will fit the jacket and the metal colors will also be a match.
Understandably you may want to add an earring jacket made from costume materials on to a pair of fine earring studs. If you’ve got some white gold studs it may be a lot easier to find a suitable matching earring jacket from a mall rather than a fine jewellery shop.
To keep the synergy between the two pieces, make sure you take the studs with you when you go shopping so you can hold them up to each other for best comparison. Depending on the jacket it may be obvious that these two pieces of jewellery are made from completely different materials but that isn’t necessarily a problem.
Top designs for earring jackets
Whilst under-the-ear lobe styles have remained the most popular, more complex designs are showing up each day. Ear jackets that use hoops are turning heads as the front facing hoop placement makes people look twice to try to work out how these are being worn.
The hoops are often hollow which will keep them much lighter on your ears. Another form of hoop enhancer is a hoop earring which has a small charm you slip on which dangles from the hoop. If you’re searching for hoop jackets you might get a few different results compared to hoop earring enhancer.
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Most edgy jewellery trends often use feminine twists as a juxtaposition and what could be more feminine and delicate then pearls? Whether you prefer the double-sided pearl jacket or the simple pearls that decorate your ear lobe both designs look quirky and different from a simple pearl stud earring.
Take your piercing to the next level with the popular spiky ear jackets. Keep the studs simple and let the jacket do all the talking. The spikes remind us of sun rays and give a nod back to ancient styles of jewellery.
Chains and hangers
Chains and hanging charms are a good way to add drama and movement to studs. The chains are light which means the earring won’t be too heavy to wear. The hanging section can even cascade all the way down to your shoulders for elegant evening jewellery.
There’s also something unexpectedly vintage looking about them. If you want a contemporary earring jacket with a chain try one with a short chain or where the chain is attached to both the front and the back of the earring.
Wordplay has been a growing trend in the jewellery world as we see humour and optimism in our everyday lives. A playful style like this Chloe “Happy” Jacket is fun and playful and transposes well on to an earring jacket. Wear casual styles like this on the weekend or if you’re having a terrible day, to lift your spirits!
Hopefully we’ve inspired you to go out and buy yourself an earring jacket!