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by Jesús Zabala - 4 min read

How to Wear Mismatched Earrings

New generations reset the rules of fashion. Now, it’s the new era of self-expression through jewelry. Some may say it’s time to toss the old rules and trends and move on to more trends that let many fashionistas express themselves uniquely and introduce new concepts in fashion, like mismatched earrings. This asymmetrical idea sends a bold message and tempts many to learn how to wear mismatched earrings.

Dior and Chanel rocked the mismatched earring trend on their runways and increased the popularity of the trend. Therefore, it’s high time to review the idea behind the two different earrings trend.

In this article, we will go over the idea behind the mismatched accessories, provide tips on how to wear mismatched earrings like a fashionista, and offer a few creative ideas to let your creative juices flow. 

How to Wear Mismatched Earrings
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Why Mismatched Earrings?

Mismatched earrings are some of the best piercing trends that take your look to the next level. They can finish your outfit with a hint of edginess in your look. 

The idea behind the mismatched earrings is to send a bold personality message. The asymmetry makes it edgy and powerful. However, although many understand the point of wearing mismatched earrings, they don’t know how to wear them. Instead of being trendy, mismatched earrings can sometimes give off the vibe as if you rushed to wear your earrings and made a mistake unintentionally.

It’s normal to look that way because you have to explore how to create the perfect asymmetry by trying out different types of earrings. Below, you can find some of our perfect pair ideas for mismatched earrings for inspiration.

How to Wear Mismatched Earrings – 6 Creative Ideas and Tips

Mismatched earrings ideas

Mix earring metals

The classic 90s trend was to mix earring metals, especially silver and gold pieces. The idea still improves the look 30 years later. You can choose any silver earring, be it dangling or not, and pair it with a gold one.

Only one hoop earring

The one-hoop earring trend is found in many cultures as a tribal sign and tempted many to join the trend. However, in most cases, people look like they’ve lost the other one. 

Wearing a single big hoop earring makes your head look heavier on one side. But a convenient alternative is wearing a small hoop earring. So, you can go with a single earring and look amazing. 

Dangle earrings and stud earrings

The dangle and stud earrings are the most common mismatched earrings idea and the most obvious one. Everyone can tell you’re wearing different earrings. Additionally, this is the safest way to wear mismatched earrings. Interestingly, the idea works with all lengths of dangling earrings. 

Additional tips on how to style mismatched earrings

The following tips will help you understand how to wear mismatched earrings properly.

Your other jewelry should be simple

Mismatched earrings are a big statement in your look. It means that if you wear mismatched earrings, the other piece of jewelry must be simple. Also, you may even skip wearing necklaces that day.

Experiment with different shapes and sizes

If you choose mismatched earrings, then you should mind the different shapes and sizes. This is a bit tricky, but the focus should be on balancing the earrings. For example, if you choose the same shapes, go for different sizes. 

Coordinating colors and materials

Ultimately, consider the colors, textures, and materials of the earrings. They should not overwhelm your face. Otherwise, different textures but the same color type of mismatched pair are ideal for an evening with friends or colleagues.

Additional tips on how to style mismatched earrings
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The two different earrings trend is an eye-catching and attractive fashion trend. The subtle asymmetry adds more personality and rebellion to the look, which is an excellent way to elevate the style.

However, not many know how to wear mismatched earrings. Wearing two different earrings adds up to the overall look to appear trendy and bold. To do so, you will have to learn how to use asymmetry to highlight the features of your face. 

We often have customers who want to join this piercing trend but have no idea how to pursue it further. We teach them to start small – studs and dangles. Then slowly start to experiment with shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. After all, wearing mismatched earrings brings about a bold personification of a style that must be explored. We encourage you to explore your ideas until you find what suits you best.

Jesús  is the founder and designer of JewelryLab. He is the Head of Design and also oversees production, quality control, and precious metal sourcing.