Few things complete an outfit like the perfect pair of earrings. Available in an endless array of colors, shapes and sizes, they add a welcome dose of color and texture to any fashion ensemble. If you don’t have (or want) pierced ears, there’s no need to fret: Clip-on earrings are an excellent alternative, and they’re still available in all styles — from vintage to bohemian. Gather round, fashionistas: Here’s everything you need to know about how to wear clip-on earrings.
1. Use Cushions to Eliminate Pinching
For many people, wearing clip-on earrings can be painful because they can pinch the wearer’s ears or cause headaches. So how can you stop them from hurting? There are ways to make wearing them more comfortable so they can become a regular wardrobe staple.
Start by using small scissors to cut adhesive-backed foam to match the size of your earring clips. Next, place one piece of foam on the portion of each clip that touches the back of your earlobe. If you need extra cushioning, simply place a bit of foam on the back of the display portion of the earring so both the front and back of the earlobe have some cushioning. Then, simply peel the backing away from the sticky portion of the pad and press down to place it on the portion that comes into contact with your earlobe. You might want to add a bit of heavy-duty glue to the back of the pad before pressing it to the earring to make sure it mounts permanently.
Alternatively, you can try to loosen the spring of the clip so the earrings can be worn without pinching the ear. Use your thumb and forefinger or a pair of pliers to carefully bend one side of the bottom of the “U” of the clip to loosen its grip. Make the adjustments in small increments until the earring fits your earlobe comfortably.
2. Play Around With Materials and Looks
Clip-on earrings are available in a variety of looks (including hoops, drops and dangles) so you can easily find a pair that matches any outfit in your closet. Whether silver or gold, invest in earrings you can wear to both formal and casual events. Whether you love classic styles, opt for a more bohemian look, or gravitate toward funky looks, there are plenty of styles to shop. Consider investing in several different pairs and clip-on styles so you always have something available, no matter what you’re looking for.
3. Know the Different Types of Clip-On Earrings
When it comes to types of clip-on earring, the sky’s the limit. Screw-back earrings (which have a small screw that presses the back of the earring to the earlobe) are one of the oldest and most-popular earring options for non-pierced individuals. Hinge clip-on earrings use a backside clip to fasten to the earlobe, and screw-hinge clip-ons — a combination of the original screw-back design and the more-recent hinge clip-on — use a screw on a hinge, which provides the ease of the hinge design coupled with the precise fit of the screw-back.
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Rebekah Bell is a writer who lives in Los Angeles.