Multiple ear piercings were once reserved for the Goths, bikers and rock and rollers amongst us - a 'tough' look that many women shied away from. Not so in 2018, it has firmly gone mainstream, thanks to the likes of celebrity piercer and 'multiple earring' stylist, Maria Tash's concession at Liberty London and many jewellery designers creating mix and match single earring collections designed for stacking. Much like stacking and midi rings, as well as wearing different length necklaces - earring layering is simply a way of pairing different stones, materials and sizes to create an edit of jewellery that sits beautifully together.
Huggies, or cuffs, are a big new earring trend we are seeing adorning more and more lobes. They're great for 'faking' the multiple piercing look (or if you want to road-test it before taking the plunge!) as a lot of designs simply slide on and hug, or cuff, the rim of the ear. I only have 2 piercings but often wear this style of earring when I want to create the 'stacked' look.
A great minimalist way to layer up your earring edit is to stick to one style and play with scale. So a mix of large and small hoops for example.
If you're feeling brave, think about more quirky placements such as the helix (the upper part of the ear), the tragus (the bit that keeps your headphones in) and the newest trend, the conch (the flat inside of the ear).
Here's our edit of earrings that are perfect to get the layering look:
These gorgeous curved, delicate bar studs from Ellie Air follow the natural lines of the lobe perfectly.
Rose Gold Curve Bar Stud, £95, Ellie Air
These classic gold ball studs from demi-fine jewellery brand, Amarilo are the perfect starting point for any layering look.
Gold ball studs, £80, Amarilo
Don't be afraid to toughen up your demi fine jewellery with a statement hoop like our best-selling spike hoops from Maria Francesca Pepe. Mixing metals can also add interest, too.
Steel spike hoop earrings, £40, Maria Francesca Pepe
Add some colour and sparkle with semi-precious stones. The mini opal demi-fine hoops from Amarilo hug the ear neatly and shimmer beautifully.
Mini Opal hoops, £75, Amarilo