9 Types of Earrings to Have in Your Collection

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Last Updated: October 25, 2021

Earrings are one of the most overlooked pieces of jewelry. Think about it – we don’t really notice them when they find their way past our hair. Most of the time they’re hidden, but they deserve their time in the spotlight. There are so many types of earrings that can add a statement to any outfit.

Keep reading this ultimate guide to learn about all the different types out there (maybe you’ll even discover some cool new types to add to your collection)!

Classic Types of Earrings

You can’t knock the classics.


We all have that one pair of studs that we have turned to time and time again. How could we not? 

They are so simple that they can go with anything, but that being said, you can still have some fun options. Studs come in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. With such a vast selection, you are bound to find what works for you. 

If you haven’t found a pair that works for you, I highly recommend looking around. Studs are perfect for when you are having a lowkey day or if you are in a rush and don’t want to sacrifice a little sparkle. 

Whether you have one pair or fifty, you can’t deny that you can always rely on a good pair of stud earrings.


Hoops are having their time in the limelight and I personally could not be happier. Hoops were always the type of earring you wear to get that extra boost of confidence. From small huggies to extra large hoops, these are a classic fashion statement. 

Hoops have been around as early as 2300 BC, popping up in areas like Mesopotamia, Nubia (now Sudan), and Egypt. Many believed they symbolized wealth and would emphasize the wearer’s beauty. 

Whether you want something bold or if you want something simple, you can never go wrong with a good set of hoops.  

Dangle + Drop Earrings

Dangling earrings are another classic type of earrings to have in your collection. This can involve a variety of styles, from fish hook wire dangles to studs with a drop down chain.

Whether you go for something simple and dainty or something long and extravagant, dangle earrings are another essential for any jewelry lover’s collection.

New Types of Earrings

We can’t forget new trends.


Is it just me or did this trend come out of nowhere? It feels like not too long ago where threader earrings hit my feed. Maybe I missed the start of it, but I’m glad I know about them now. 

This is the new sleek and chic style that is popping up everywhere. At first glance they don’t look like much, but there can add so much to your look.

Essentially, threaders are composed of a length of chain and you thread it through your piercing. With the simple, but unique design, you can really get a few different looks out of one pair just by playing around with the length and how you thread them. They especially look good on those with multiple piercings to thread it through. If you want something a little more versatile and fun, I highly recommend grabbing a pair. 

Safety Pin

This is one of the more strange types of earrings, but hear me out. While using actual safety pins as earrings has been done, I am talking about actual earrings that resemble safety pins.

I do not recommend using real safety pins. Now, with that warning out of the way, let’s get into the aesthetic of it. 

This look takes edgy to a new level. It’s a great way to evoke that punk rock aesthetic. Safety pins have been around since the 1800’s, but they began to be associated with the punk rock scene in the late 70’s. They were often pinned to clothes and even through piercings. 

Now, the practice continues, but with earrings made to capture the same look. You can find them in traditional silver or you can grab a gold pair if that is more your style. Some designs even feature added elements like gems or hearts for a bit more glam. 


Crawlers are a new trendy style that is a great way to get the look of multiple piercings with just one earring! 

They feature a design that crawls up your earlobe. These typically end at the cartilage, but some may go further. 

Crawler earrings can involve one piercing, but they can also be cuffs that don’t require a piercing.  

Commitment-Free Types of Earrings

For those of us that don’t want 10 holes in our ears.

Ear Cuffs

For those jewelry lovers who like to wear a bit more bling, but don’t want to commit to multiple piercings, ear cuffs will be your best friend. 

These are becoming quite the trend recently. Maybe because many piercing shops are closed right now or maybe people are becoming less fond of needles. Whatever the reason may be, it resulted in a great trend.

Like I said, this is the perfect accessory for someone who wants to experiment a little bit. You can get quite the array of different styles of cuffs so you can really play around with your look. 

From simple hoops that look like the real deal to ornate cuffs that connect to a real stud, you can really try it all with these.

If you do want to try this trend out, I highly recommend looking for a pack of them so you have a few more options. Just be careful, you might start an obsession. 

Clip Ons

Speaking of commitment free, we can’t forget about clip on earrings. This is the perfect work around for whatever concerns you may have with traditional earrings. 

Whether you don’t want to have your ears pierced or you don’t want a heavy pair to stretch your piercing, clip ons are the way to have your cake and eat it too. 

You can find countless clip-on earrings in gorgeous styles. You would not be missing out if you decided to make a switch. Again, there are some legitimate reasons as to why you would want to wear clip ons, but if you just want to give your piercings a break, these are not a bad alternative. 

They are so good that no one would ever even know. 

Ear Hook

Remember when the Industrial piercing was a trend? Well, these ear hooks are slowly becoming a similar-looking trend that avoids the pain of the industrial piercing. 

This type of earring does require one lobe piercing. It’s pretty much a wire bar that inserts at your lobe piercing, then hooks at the cartilage of the ear. This is a cool way to get that pierced-up look without the painful commitment of cartilage or Industrial piercings.