One of this year’s hottest piercing trends is actually a winner for those with a good bit of mismatched jewelry. Asymmetrical ear piercings are all about freedom and self-expression and not playing by the rules. It means that you can wear one jewelry look on one ear and a completely different one on the other. So, if you’ve got a piece of jewelry without a matching partner, you’re in luck!
We know we just said there are no rules but a general rule of thumb with these asymmetrical ear piercings is to shy away from hoops and other ultra-dangling types of pieces and, instead, go with smaller studs and rings. You want the look to make a statement but you don’t want to look too unbalanced and smaller pieces will help you achieve just that. Let’s take a look at some of these very cool looks to get a better understanding of this trend!
Get Inspired by These Stunning Asymmetrical Ear Piercings!
See how the jewelry does not match? That’s what you want. If you want a whole bunch of different ear piercings in different parts of your ears, now’s your time to shine.
Individualize Your Ear
You want a sort of curated look like this but slightly different for each ear. With asymmetrical ear piercings, the sky’s the limit so feel free to experiment with all of your dainty pieces so that your ear looks like a little constellation of sparkle.
A Little Dangle Is Okay
We find a couple of pieces here that have little dangling bits which can be a dealbreaker for some. We think this one is just the right size and it will not look out of place if your other ear is dangle-free.
You can experiment with different color stones and metals until you find balance. We would not advise you to do something like all silver for one ear and gold for the other, however. Mix and match and your asymmetrical ear piercings are going to look curated and cool.
Little Ear Candies
Don’t these shimmering pieces look like little candies? For the easiest asymmetrical ear piercings to look natural, go with smaller jewelry in each ear. If you’re nervous about rocking the trend, dip your toe into the pool with something similar.
If you searched for asymmetrical ear piercings because you’re about to get some new piercings, we wanted to take a moment to talk about placement. You do not need identical piercings in each ear. In fact, for this trend to truly shine having different ones on different ears can really let you take it to the next level.
Make It Cute
If you already have symmetrically pierced ears, no sweat! You don’t need to go under the needle to rock this trend. Just mix up your jewelry for each ear. Notice how different each piece of jewelry is above? This is going to offer you plenty of visual interest.
Lord of the Rings
Conversely, you can choose rings to make a statement. In the previous image, we found a bunch of cute studs that did not match. Now, look at all of these rings. You can go wild with smaller rings like these even though they don’t match on each ear. Just make sure you’re not doing one ear all studs and the other all rings.
With asymmetrical ear piercings, you can really go all out and mix a variety of different jewelry. The thing to keep in mind is that each ear should look gorgeous on its own but both should appear balanced when you’re looking at yourself head-on.
If you’re having trouble striking the perfect balance with your asymmetrical ear piercings, consider choosing a monochromatic scheme. In the example above, this person has gone all silver and diamond. Do the same on both ears but with different jewelry in each for a put-together but still edgy look.
Here’s another example of the monochromatic look but in gold. Do something similar by mixing your gold jewelry in different patterns on both ears.
Let Your True Colors Shine
At the end of the day, the only person your asymmetrical ear piercings need to look good for is you. If you want to experiment with color for something truly bold and ambitious, go for it! You’ll strike the perfect balance for yourself.
Rearrange What You’ve Got
If you’re not someone who wants to run out and get a ton of asymmetrical ear piercings tomorrow, don’t sweat it! Simply rearrange the jewelry you already have. Experiment with putting different pieces in different parts of the ears for a shuffle that really pays off.
Try layering your jewelry so that each piece juxtaposes with the next. We find a cute stud/ring pattern on this ear that you could easily switch on the other for asymmetrical ear piercings that create depth.
Balancing Asymmetrical Ear Piercings with Jewelry
If one of your ears has been pierced more than the other, congratulations, you’re already a step ahead of most. For the ear with fewer piercings, use bigger and more dynamic (visually busy) pieces. Couple this with your ear that has more holes in which you should use daintier pieces to create a balance between both.
Chain, Chain, Chain
We’re piggybacking on the last image and previous advice. For the ear with fewer piercings, consider using chain jewelry, which adds so much visual interest across the ear, to create balance between it and your other ear that has more piercings and jewelry. The chain offers the illusion of more jewelry in the ear.
If you’re looking for a scheme for more piercings, consider stacking your piercings up the ear. You can create patterns, movement, and much more by stacking your asymmetrical ear piercings like this.
Like a Charm
If you’ve got some stacked piercings, consider little studs in varying designs but similar sizes for a winning look. You might think that different shapes and sizes of jewelry would be your friend, and it totally is, but we want you to see that little pieces that are about the same size look so whimsical when paired together in this way.
Create a Constellation
For an organic and free-form look, try and create a constellation with your piercings. Imagine that a line is drawn between each point to find the perfect asymmetrical ear piercings arrangement for your ear.
Go Big Part I
Now, we observe an asymmetrical ear piercings genius with the above image. We find gold and diamonds here stacked all the way up the ear in a very balanced and pleasing fashion. But, we’re not done with our genius. Let’s take a look at their other ear!
Go Big Part II
This is how it’s done, folks. Notice how both ears have similar piercings with a few exceptions? Now, take a look at how excellent all of this jewelry looks together. A truly smashing arrangement on both ears for a winning overall look.
It’s Okay to Keep It Simple
You don’t need 100 holes in your ears to achieve excellent asymmetrical ear piercings. Just three piercings, strategically placed is all it takes to sport a stylish arrangement of jewelry.
Themes Are Possible
When it comes to asymmetrical ear piercings, the more random, the better. That’s a general rule but rules are made to be broken! You can come up with a theme if you’ve got, for instance, jewelry with celestial bodies as this person does. It feels both put together but not overly so which is the sweet spot.
So many of the asymmetrical ear piercings we’ve seen on this list have looked rather heavy. But, you can lighten up with teeny-tiny studs and thin rings for a more feminine and breezy look.
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Going Out with a Bang
We leave you with one of our favorite asymmetrical ear piercings we stumbled across while researching this trend. This is the perfect example of mix and match at its finest. Play around with the jewelry you already have to see if you can recreate this sort of playful yet balanced arrangement!
There you go! We hope you got some style inspiration from these asymmetrical ear piercings and that you have a better understanding of this red-hot trend. The look is going to be perfect for folks with an eclectic collection of jewelry as the ear candy is what really makes these asymmetrical ear piercings shine. Mix and match until you’ve got a balanced look and you will be winning with this trend!
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 Get Inspired by These Stunning Asymmetrical Ear Piercings!
- 1.1 Do You
- 1.2 Individualize Your Ear
- 1.3 A Little Dangle Is Okay
- 1.4 Playful
- 1.5 Little Ear Candies
- 1.6 On Placement
- 1.7 Make It Cute
- 1.8 Lord of the Rings
- 1.9 On Balance
- 1.10 Monochromatic
- 1.11 Golden
- 1.12 Let Your True Colors Shine
- 1.13 Rearrange What You’ve Got
- 1.14 Layering
- 1.15 Balancing Asymmetrical Ear Piercings with Jewelry
- 1.16 Chain, Chain, Chain
- 1.17 Get Stacked
- 1.18 Like a Charm
- 1.19 Create a Constellation
- 1.20 Go Big Part I
- 1.21 Go Big Part II
- 1.22 It’s Okay to Keep It Simple
- 1.23 Themes Are Possible
- 1.24 Micro Details
- 1.25 Going Out with a Bang
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