It’s basically never been a better time to be an ear. Once mainly ignored, shoved behind our hair and forgotten about, our lovely lugholes are suddenly in the spotlight – and man, are they working it.

The new rules of piercing: 1) why have one hole when you could have five? 2) cartilage rules – why should lobes get all the love? And most importantly, 3) matching earrings are a thing of the past. Which is excellent news for everyone out there who can’t keep a pair for longer than a day without losing one (fingers crossed socks will soon go the same way).

Tell us about it, studs…

Ok so first, swot up on all the different types of hole with our guide to every type of ear piercing. Then get shopping with our pick of the best delightfully delicate studs, hoops and pull-through styles, all of which look amazing layered up and mismatched…

Oh, and if you’re still working on parental permission or your pain threshold? Try the glitter ear trend. Nobody gets left behind.  

1. These simple pull-throughs

Sterling silver ball pull-through earrings, £4.45, Jewellery Box

2. All three of these dainty charm hoops

3-pack of charm hoop earrings, £8, ASOS

3. These pretty leaves

Delicate leaf stud earrings, £12, Little Nell via Not On The High Street

4. These chic hexagons

Sterling silver hexagon studs, £5.15, Jewellery Box

5. This set of magical misfits

Assorted earrings, £5, Monki

6. This starry set

Metallic stars stud set, £8, Accessorize

7. These minimalist bars

Thin bar studs, £7, & Other Stories

8. These turquoise beauties

Sterling silver turquoise stud earrings, £15, Jewellery Box

9. These modern art-esque hoopy things

Geometric pearl hoop earrings, £7.50, Topshop

10. This mismatched set of twinkly rose gold

Asymmetric earrings multipack, £10, Topshop

11. These lush leaves

Leaf thread-through hoops, £6, Orelia

12. These super-chic silver bars

Sterling silver plated bar studs, £4, Orelia

13. And finally, these star studs. For a star-studded night.

Star studs, £7, & Other Stories

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