I'm REALLY Into Ear Cuffs Right Now

Who needs a red carpet? I think they're totally appropriate for the local dive bar.

Dec 5, 2013 at 6:00pm | Leave a comment

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I’m not really one to wear jewelry. At all. Ever. Which is why it’s so strange that I felt compelled to buy this glitzy ear cuff from Zara when I saw it last spring. 
 
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It was shiny, okay? (Also the reason why I bought this skull).

I don’t even remember how much I paid for it -- five dollars? Ten? Twenty? Hopefully not twenty because after wearing it a few times, the ear cuff got relegated to a drawer for several months. I just didn’t feel cool enough to wear such an attention-attracting piece of jewelry out and about. 
 
Then a few weeks ago, I saw this picture of Jennifer Lawrence wearing a gorgeous ear cuff at a Catching Fire premiere. As we all know, if Jennifer Lawrence does it, it must be cool. I immediately dug my ear cuff out of its drawer and resolved to figure out how to wear it. 
 
Unlike Jennifer, I don’t have many fancy events to go to. That’s been my main stumbling block with my ear cuff: It seems like too much bling for my everyday life. I decided that while it’s probably a little too much for a day look, I could try to wear it out at night -- not on a red carpet, admittedly, but to the bar and the movie theater at least. Read on to see the looks that I came up with!
 
To wear it to the bar, I decided to go all out. I love pulling out the big guns to impress at my local dive bar. Kidding! I really need to move to a place where my dramatic looks are appreciated. 
 
Still, I soldiered forth. I applied eyeliner and mascara -- my favorite mascara is CoverGirl LashBlast Volume and for eyeliner I used a super cheap but decent liquid eyeliner from e.l.f. Then I did a subtle smoky eye with my black e.l.f. eyeshadow stick (I wrote about those here. Finally, I pushed my hair back and pinned it into a lazy pompadour thing on top of my head. 
 
Whenever I feel like I need to project a vibe of confidence, I always reach for black, so I wore black skinny jeans, black ankle boots, and an oversized black blazer. I would have worn my coolest black jacket but I’m pretty sure my sister took it with her to college. 
 
With my hair pushed back and the lack of color elsewhere in my outfit, my colorful ear cuff became the main attraction with this look. 
 
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That, and cleavage.

To go to the movies, I strived for a more casual look. I stuck with minimal makeup -- which for me means some foundation/concealer, mascara, and groomed brows. Then to get really casual, I wore ripped jeans and a cozy sweater. The combination of comfy clothes and pretty jewelry makes you look effortless but still pulled together (I hope). 
 
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Your boyfriend will not understand this strange combination of fancy earring and ripped jeans, so do not go to the movies with him.

Of course, I had to try Jennifer’s ultra-glam look as well. In case I ever DO get invited to a red carpet event, here’s how I would sport the ear cuff for a more formal affair.
 
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Ta-da! Sometimes I clean up nice.

I took style cues from JLaw for this one. I rimmed my eyes with eyeliner again, with a just bit of my black e.l.f. eyeshadow stick at the outer corners. My dark berry lips are a combination of Wet ‘n’ Wild MegaLast Matte Lip Color in Cherry Bomb and Kate Moss for Rimmel in Kiss of Life, with some clear gloss slicked on top. 
 
It turns out that I only have one low-cut black dress that shows off some sideboob, so I wore that one. As for my hair, I was fresh out of the shower for this look so once it had dried a little bit, I made a deep side part and brushed the front into a neat swoop over my forehead. Jennifer Lawrence is REALLY making me miss my blonde pixie, by the way.
 
Oh, and of course, don’t forget your faux fur coat. It’s cold out there. 
 
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This coat is also from Zara, although I found it on eBay.

If you don’t already have an ear cuff, I hope this pushed you to give it a try. I rounded up a few of my favorites below (my Zara one is sold out):
 
If you do already have an ear cuff, congrats on being super trendy and cool -- especially if you manage to wear it out of your house. I bet you look awesome. 
 
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Woody Allen approves!

So, are you into the ear cuff trend? Which one of these looks did you like the most? (And you can’t say Jennifer Lawrence’s.)
 
Follow Kelly on Twitter to witness/participate in her ongoing obsession with all things shiny: @picturesqueliar.