Earrings have been evolving in surprising new ways in recent years. First, there was the ear cuff, which wrapped around the outside of your ear.
Now, we have the ear jacket, in which the front is a stud and the back is a larger piece which fans out or appears just under the lobe.
It is a great style which is a cross between studs and drop earrings. It is subtle in size, which makes it an easy trend to try even for the most risk-averse, and lends itself well to all kinds of decorative shapes at the back.
The most traditional kinds of ear jackets are the ones which fan out delicately at the back, like these pairs (photo 1, US$32 or S$45; photo 2, US$28; both from www.baublebar.com). They are a great, flattering starter piece to test this earring style.
Depending on the location of your piercing and the size of your lobe, make sure you select ear jackets with back pieces which sit at the correct height so they appear from below the lobe.
Ear jackets also come in funky designs, such as this marble-textured Topshop pair (photo 3, $13.90, from www.topshop.com).
Prim pearls get a rebellious edge in this Noir Jewelry ear jacket design (photo 4, $39, from www.theoutnet.com).
Sometimes, ear jackets are a good way to highlight more whimsical designs.
These offerings from Asos (photo 5, $17; photo 6, $11; both from www.asos.com) look like typical drop earrings with their single point of focus.
But the fact that the rose or heart elements appear to be floating from its location at the back gives them a more ethereal feel.
Feel free to have fun with ear jackets. Their generally delicate size means the look is easy for most people to pull off.
This article was first published on March 20, 2015.
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