I always knew it. If I cut my hair short I’ll get more ear piercings. When my hair was long my ears were hidden. I wore my hair down and focused on necklaces and the odd ring or bracelet instead.
Now that the sides of my face are exposed I’ve become quietly obsessed with multiple piercings using delicate earrings. I’d never wear big, heavy earrings now that my ears can be seen, as they can cause your lobes to droop, or in extreme cases even tear. My friend once had to go to Park Avenue Skin Care for reconstructive work on hers for the same reason! I like to keep them nice and subtle instead.
This above thin hoop piercing was done by the brilliant J. Colby at NY Adornment in the east village. I have two more thin ones on the other ear in a different place by him. Recommended by a fellow fashion blogger friend, I learned that Colby is known for placing dainty earrings in less expected parts of the ear eg. the helix, the tragus, the conch (my above hoop) etc. While sitting on his chair trying not to look at the approaching needle, I saw a section of his room full of pinned business cards from past clients. Style.com to Vogue to Refinery29. You name them, they’re on there. I read that my girl crush Zoe Kravitz was a customer which of course sent my approval rating way up.
When he did the above thin hoop for me it was like having your first tattoo. As soon as I looked in the mirror I knew I wanted another one. “OMG I love it!” my friend squealed when she saw the thin hoop. This is right after she just had Colby give her three ear piercings.
You can check out his blog here. So now the hunt for small but striking earrings starts. I’m thinking of a teeny star stud similar to #4 below or teeny safety pin earrings or a simple bar. If you visit NY Adorned you’ll get to see the prettiest ones to choose from. Again, all small and delicate.
Are the piercings painful? Sure but a bikini wax is worse (to me). Scale 1 to 10 it’s a 6.5 ish.
Below are some small cool ones that I found online and worth considering. All unique but small enough to not conflict with anything you wear.