I don’t wear earrings. Most people don’t notice, but when they do and proceed to ask why, they’re quite often surprised by my response. I don’t wear earrings because I’ve had earlobe repair surgery done not once – but twice – and I refuse to put my delicate ears through that again. Long story short, I wore my ears out throughout high school and my first few years of college, wearing heavy hoop and dangling earrings that caused one of my earlobes to straight up rip. Yes girl, that can really happen.
If you wear heavy earrings often, over time they can potentially cause the piercing to stretch – and in my case – eventually rip. It’s also quite common. In fact, it even happened to Beyonce in the middle of one of her Formation tour performances last fall.
Trust me, it ain’t cute. The first time my earlobe ripped – my left one to be exact – I was in the fifth grade. This was a terrible age for this to happen because all my classmates compared my ripped earlobe to a baby vagina, so you could only imagine how self-conscious I felt at the time. Seriously, kids are the worst. Long story short, my parents paid for me to have the earlobe stitched back together. But the plastic surgeon made the mistake of leaving some space within the actual rip for me to eventually wear earrings, rather than piercing me a new hole – big mistake. By my third year in college, it ripped again and I had to get the surgery done for the second time around.
My ear healed up quickly and beautifully and so I had decided not to re-pierce it again, in fear that the same thing will happen again. I have occasionally worn cute clip-on earrings here and there, but for the most part I’ve kept my ears bare – because clip-on earrings that don’t make you look like a viejita are hard to come by. But after recently learning that big hoop earrings were coming back in style, I did some searching online and was surprised by the number of chic clip-on earring options I was able to find. If you’ve struggled with a ripped earlobe or just don’t want to bother piercing or repairing your ears – don’t stress. I rounded up a few stylish and ageless clip-ons earrings that will have you slaying all season long – check them out!
These long hanging earrings make a serious statement. Serena va der Woodsen from Gossip Girl wore these statement-worthy chandelier clip-ons from Amrita Singh, in case you needed further proof that these babies are dope AF. Amrita Singh Beatrice Earrings, $120
These jeweled gems are everything. There’s nothing like a pair of Swarovski crystal studs to really take your outfit to the next level. Kenneth Jay Lane Swarovski Crystal Clip Earrings, $75
It’s the cool-girl, fashionista clip-ons. These geometric drop earrings would look fab paired with anything. The smooth baubles adds such a chic and delicate touch. Tory Burch Geo Statement Drop Earrings, $198
Make your earrings the center of your outfit. These bold, blue hanging earrings can literally pull any look together. You can’t beat this price either. Amrita Singh Enamel Clip Earring, $18
These hanging earrings will bring out your inner fancy. The perfect pair for a dressy evening out on the town. BEN-AMUN Gold-tone and Stone Clip Earrings, $130
These gold-tone earrings will give you so much life. I don’t know what I like better – the geometric shape or the fact that I can look this stylish without the pain or need to pierce. BEN-AMUN Gold-Tone Clip Earrings, $120
The wedding earrings you’ve always dreamed of. These are perfect for the bride with un-pierced ears that’s looking for accessories that are pearly, classic, and make a statement. Kenneth Jay Lane Pearly Chain Drop Clip-On Earrings, $50
Yes, you can wear fringed earrings without pierced ears. These tiered, beaded tassel drops will definitely get people talking. Wear them with anything and everything your heart desires. Sachin & Babi Chacha Fringe Clip Statement Earrings, $250
Hoops are back in and you can actually rock them. These affordable clip-on hoop earrings give the illusion of regular hoop earrings. They’re chic, stylish and the spring closure is painless and super comfortable. Clip-on Earrings Gold Tone Hoop Earrings, $9