The Best Earrings Size and Length for You

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Earrings can be a great way to accessorize and make a statement. Here are some easy tips to choose the best earrings size and length for you so that your earrings enhance your face, instead of distracting from it.

Size Matters

Big, bold chandelier earrings can be so much fun. However, there are many situations where the bigness and boldness of these earrings may be inappropriate or distracting. Typically, these types of style situations are at work, especially if you work in a corporate environment, during times where you want others to focus on what you are saying (like public speaking, interviewing, or simply when you just want to be heard) and not only for what you are wearing. In these scenarios, the last thing you want is for the person you are talking to to get lost in the dangle and shine of your earrings.

A simple rule for situations like this is to choose earrings that are no bigger than your eye socket. By keeping earrings to this size or smaller, it will be easier for others to focus on you. You don't have to forgo style. There are lots of bold studs and drop earrings out there that are size appropriate and interesting, even for work.

The Right Length

As with size, the right length of earrings varies by situation. In some cases, it is perfectly acceptable to wear a pair of long earrings. However, in more conservative environments, longer earrings can not only be distracting but also inappropriate. With all the different earrings lengths out there, try this simple tip to make sure that your earrings aren't too long for the situation: Take your index finger and find the base of your ear, right at your jawline. Trace your finger down your jaw bone until you feel it angle. This point is the perfect earrings length for you. Anything longer may distract people from your face and what you are saying.

Certainly, big statement chandelier earrings can be fun and playful, especially if you are wearing an updo or have short hair. However, part of being stylish at all times takes the ability to make informed choices and know what is right, when.

If You Have a Short Neck 

Women who have short necks have less physical space between their ears and shoulders. This can cause long chandelier earrings to look awkward because they practically graze the shoulders and make necks appear even shorter than they already are. If you have a short neck, err on the side of caution and choose earrings with a modest length. By creating more physical space between your ears and your shoulders you will create the illusion of a longer neck. Not sure if you have a short neck? Without any strain or effort, drop your chin to your chest.  If you can easily rest your chin on your chest (again, without any strain or stretching) you have a short neck.

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