Ear cuffs are a popular piece of jewelry that are funky and pretty. The best thing about this piece of jewelry is that most ear cuffs can be worn whether you have your ears pierced or not.
Method 1 of 3: Wearing Ear Cuffs
Step 1. Stand in front of a mirror
Until you get used to the cuff being worn properly over the ear, it will be easier to put the cuff on while looking at your ear in the mirror.
Step 2. Insert the cuff into the top of the earlobe
Find the thinnest area of the cartilage above your earlobe and insert the exposed part of the cuff around it.
One end of the cuff should be behind the ear. The other end should be in front of the ear
Step 3. Hold the earlobe firmly
Use one hand to hold the skin and cartilage of the earlobe. This can make it easier for the cuff to get into the position you want.
- You'll find it easier to do this if you use your hand on the same side as the ear you're attaching the cuff to. When placing the cuff on your left ear, use your left hand to hold the earlobe. When placing the cuff on the right ear, use your right hand.
- Pinch the top of the ear that is above the cuff position using your index and middle fingers. Pinch the earlobe using your thumb and ring finger.
- Gently pull the top and bottom of your ear in different directions, so that the outside of your earlobe is stretched out firmly and tightly.
Step 4. Slide the cuff downwards and inwards
Use your other hand to gently slide the cuff down on the outer side of the cartilage. Rotate the cuff as you slide it downwards so that the cuff slides slightly inside the ear, until it finally rests against the hollow part of the outside of your ear canal.
- Only the front end of the cuff should be inside the ear. The cuff itself should wrap around the edge of the earlobe, and the tip of the back cuff should be completely behind the earlobe.
- Most ear cuffs should be placed in the middle of the edge of the earlobe, above the earlobe.
Step 5. Check for accuracy
The ear cuff should be securely attached to the side of the earlobe without pinching it.
Ear cuffs should be comfortable to wear. If the cuff hurts your ear, the cuff is too tight. If the cuff starts to fall off or slides against your earlobe, the cuff is too loose
Step 6. Make small adjustments with your hands
Most ear cuffs are quite adjustable by hand. Press the cuff opening with your finger to make it tighter. If you want to loosen the cuff, pull the cuff opening wider with your finger.
- It is possible to make finger adjustments to the cuff that is still attached to the ear, but you must do this carefully and gradually so as not to deform the cuff or injure your ear.
- When wearing ear cuffs with elongated trim, you should also adjust the angle of the cuff trim with your fingers to match the natural shape of your ear.
Step 7. Remove the cuff before making any major adjustments
Hard ear cuffs should be adjusted using pointy-tipped pliers.
Since you will be applying more pressure, you will need to remove the cuff from the ear before making any adjustments. Doing this allows you to make more precise adjustments and reduces the risk of accidental injury
Method 2 of 3: Wearing Earrings
Step 1. Put the cuff on your ear
If the cuff has separate earrings connected by a chain, you should wear the cuff section as usual before you wear the earring section.
If the ear cuff doesn't have an earring attached by a chain, this step can be skipped
Step 2. Insert the stem of the earring
Insert the stem of the earring through the piercing hole in the earlobe like you would a normal earring. If the earring has a holder, attach it to the earring behind your earlobe.
Step 3. Check your appearance and make any necessary adjustments
Look at the ear cuffs in the mirror. If the chain is too tight, slide the cuff down on the side of your earlobe.
- On the other hand, if the chain is too loose, you can adjust it by sliding the cuff over the edge of the earlobe.
- Make sure that the chain does not get wrapped around the earring and that the chain falls outside the cuff and earring. Use your finger to make the necessary adjustments.
Method 3 of 3: Style Considerations
Step 1. Try different types of cufflinks
Ear cuffs come in a variety of shapes, so you have a lot to choose from when you buy one.
- The simplest ear cuffs are beautiful circles that wrap around the edges of the earlobe without any extra embellishments. These hoops can be made of thin wire, thick wire or solid metal.
- Some circular ear cuffs have separate earrings connected by a thin chain or multiple chains. These earrings must be placed in the piercing hole in the earlobe.
- Other ear cuffs could have more embellishments. The cuff itself attaches to the ear cavity (as explained in the "Using Ear Cuff" step), but the ornate part must be worn around the outer groove of the earlobe. This decorative piece can be made of decorative wire or solid metal. Some ear cuffs are even decorated with gems or similar materials.
Step 2. Try an unbalanced style
Wear a cuff on only one ear instead of wearing it on both ears. This style is intended to make the cuff stand out and not be symmetrical.
- Even small ear cuffs can stand out, so wearing cuffs on both ears can make your overall appearance look heavy and messy.
- You should only wear the cuff on one ear, but it doesn't matter if you want to wear it on the left or right ear.
Step 3. Wear the ear cuffs with your favorite earrings
If you can't choose between your favorite earrings or your favorite ear cuffs, you can wear both.
- However, if you choose to wear your favorite earrings and ear cuffs, it's a good idea to have one or both pieces of jewelry made so that they don't stand out too much.
- For example, you could wear simple, gem-studded earrings with decorative cuffs, especially cufflinks that have an open part in the design for the earring. Another option is to wear a pair of long dangling earrings with simple hoop cuffs.
- It's best not to wear heavily embellished ear cuffs with long, heavy earrings. These two jewels will collide and become too heavy.
Step 4. Balance it with your other jewelry
Simple ear cuffs can be worn with other pieces of jewelry, but more ornate ear cuffs look better when they don't have to compete with other pieces of jewelry that stand out.
Like earrings, other pieces of jewelry you wear, such as necklaces, bracelets, or earrings, should balance the cuffs rather than compete with the ear cuffs you're wearing. A necklace with a lot of embellishments can be worn when you wear simple ear cuffs, but when you wear ear cuffs with a lot of decoration, you should choose a necklace with a small pendant or a simple dangling bracelet
Step 5. Show off your cuffs
Ear cuffs are meant to be worn as showpiece jewelry, but in order to be showcased they must be clearly visible.
- Tie your hair back or style it in a messy bun.
- Try to part your hair in a position that exposes your ear cuffs.
- At least you can show off your ear cuffs by tucking your hair behind your ear.