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Give us an ear cuff, please

Kajol  

They are funky and can jazz up your look in an instant. Great conversation starters, they have been endorsed by celebrities and are a favourite among many of us too. Ear cuffs aren’t exactly the newest ornament in the jewellery box, but they are making a reappearance among the stylistas of late.

According to jewellery curator, Pooja Naik, “Ear cuffs are definitely a must-have this season. And for those who aren’t quite sure if it would suit them, the good news is they come in different patterns and styles. So it is easy to find something that best suits you. While the silver-leaved winged ear cuff is my personal favourite, others in my collection include a pearl-studded variation and one that is plain along the ear but has delicate chains that hang from the side.”

For those of you who are new to the trend, Alisha George, whose hobby is jewellery designing, says, “Most ear cuffs begin at your ear lobe and continue upward along the length of your ear. Gold, silver, and rose gold are the most preferred options. Stone encrusted pieces are perfect for evening wear and the more grungy variety for a casual day out. You now even have chain iterations, treble clef inspired ear cuffs, and even the spiky variety. If you’re still undecided about it or have subtler tastes, go for ones that stops half-way along your ear, which are a lot less showy.”

There is the option of donning more ethnic patterns of ear cuffs with Indian clothing. “I have a huge collection of ear cuffs and since we are allowed to wear only salwar-suits to college, I have jewellery that goes best with my ethnic outfits,” says collegian, Nivedita Murthy. “A royal blue peacock inspired ear cuff is the one that I wear frequently. Then there is a more delicate one with alternating leaves and flowers that are stone studded. I reserve my silver-tassel pearl ear cuff for my white-based kurtas that have small prints on them.”

According to stylists, choosing the perfect ear cuff depends on one’s taste and preference, the outfit, and also the occasion. “Ear cuffs make strong statements and often you could come across as a rebel so you’d much rather avoid wearing it to a business meeting with your C.E.O. or on a first date, or if you’ve got to meet your fiancé’s parents,” Pooja says adding, “Nonetheless, it all depends on how well you pull off the look. Ear cuffs are often sold as single pieces for the left ear so make sure you at least wear a small stud on your right ear. Some ear cuffs come in pairs, which are also available online.”

The whole point of wearing an ear cuff is that people can see it, which means, pushed back hairstyles are the best for showing off this jewellery. Stylish up-dos, slick back-combed hair, bouncy ponytails, and side parted hairstyles (from left to right) are your smartest options. As far as your makeup goes, keep it simple. You still want the ear cuff to be the focal point of your get-up.

Alisha has another tip, “Never go to sleep wearing an ear cuff. Always ensure it is worn well and set in place. Be careful while you change as you don’t want your spikes or studs to get caught in your new lace crop top. And, most importantly, since it is a statement piece of jewellery, don’t go over the top with the rest of your look.”

Now, go rock that ear cuff.


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