Mismatched Harmony – How to Wear Mismatched Earrings

SLH Accessories Editor –

You’ve seen it on the runways, on social, and by now on more than a few occasions, IRL. The mismatched earring trend took winter by storm and is showing no signs of slowing down for spring. In fact, if anything, this style is getting even more bold, with daring combinations that might leave you a little uncertain where to start?

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The SLH editors are here to put your FOMO to rest. With the help of a few ground rules, you can easily ease into this trend. Before long, you’ll be experimenting with your own combinations – which is really what fashion is all about!


If you’re not sure about how to start translating this trend, this is a great first step. Start with looking for earrings in similar metals, colors or stones with one short (a post or drop that hugs the earlobe), and one longer that drops at least twice the length of the first. See below for some of our easy inspirations…


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Diamond Triangle Earrings 1/8 ct tw Round-cut 10k gold $299.00 (pair), Eriness Dia Dagger Threader 14k w/white diamond Earring $325 (single), Kay Jewelers Infinity Earrings 1/20 ct tw Diamonds Sterling Silver $119.00 (pair), Fossil Infinity Knot Steel Studs $19.00 (pair), Selin Kent Sabina Stud Earrings 14k Rose Gold w/Black Diamonds & Ruby $750.00 (pair), Amaara Celestial Earrings in Rose $30.00 (pair)


Once you’re comfortable with the concept, you can get a little more creative. Keeping in mind the first rule of length, you can move into playing with shapes, sizes and related ideas. See our fellows down below? Notice how even though each is very different from the other, they go together because of similar shapes, colors, or as is the case with our cute little bee – adding some flowers on the opposite side tells a fun visual story!

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AURate NY Vermeil Sensu Ear Jackets $75 (single, $150 for pair), Amrita Singh Resin Circular Earrings $40.00 (pair), Bee Earrings 10k Yellow Gold $229.00 (pair), AURate NY Vermeil Flower Earring Back Small $75 (for single, $150 for pair), Limon Pom Pom Earrings $75.00 (pair), Brasilia Earrings in Green $30.00 (pair)


For when you’re feeling really fierce, here’s the advanced class. Do you have multiple piercings? Or maybe just the classic two? Start thinking of using your whole ear as a canvas. Want to mix your metals? Do it, but keep the shapes the same. Looking to mix up colors? Try pulling one from your outfit and another contrasting but complementary color on your ears. Really looking to layer it on? Keep the themes similar, that way no matter how many layers you put on, the overall look still flows together. Amazing? Sure! Take a look at these for ideas for multiple and the classic two…

Multiple Piercings – 

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Amrita Singh CZ Star & Moon Earring $120.00 (pair), INC International Concepts Gold-Tone Crystal & Circle Linear Drop Earrings $29.50 (pair), Still House Nusu 2-Piercing, 14k w/white diamond Earring $250.00 (single), AK Studio Current Cuff Earrings $52.00 (pair), Gem & Harmony 14k Gold Freshwater 9-10mm Pearl Stud Earrings $89.95 (pair), AURate NY 14k Cuff Earring $75 (single, $150 for pair), Mateo 14k gold Cultured Freshwater Pearl Ball Drop Earrings $450.00 (pair)

Classic Single Piercings –

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Macy’s Smoky Topaz Teardrop Earring 7ct tw $590.90 (pair), Steve Madden Rainbow Crawler Earring $34.00 (pair), Kay Jewelers 10k Rose Gold Diamond 1/5 ct tw Chain Earring Climbers $479.00 (pair), Michael Kors Mercer Collection Double Hoop Earrings $250.00 (pair), Baublebar Granita Drop Earrings $38.00 (pair), 14k Gold Black Diamond Ear Cuff $650 (single)



  1. My Grand daughter was wearing mix-matched earrings back in late 90’s. Not everyone has to wait for the runways. They are very cute on lots of people, but not for everyone.

    • Stylish women like your grand daughter are always ahead of the curve. Thanks for sharing with us, Joan!

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