My good friend Sarah recently brought up the subject of earrings that can be unflattering, especially for us ladies over 50. I admit, I didn’t want to delve into this topic, party because once you know something, it’s impossible to “unknow” it. And knowing could lead to my having to revamp my extensive pierced earring collection. In the end, it was a point that has merits. Recognizing the fact that certain styles of earring can accentuate a woman’s advancing age in an unattractive way was something worth talking about. Especially since there are options in earring styles that present a less “old lady” (sorry, I had to say it) look.
Thanks to Sarah for modeling a variety of earring styles and types to prove the point and provide photos to accompany this post.
Harsh Realities of Aging Ears
Here’s the reality: Earlobes (and ears) grow forever. Unlike bones that stop growing after puberty, cartilage continues to grow throughout our lives. Additionally, cartilage, which is what ears are constructed of, begins to break down throughout the aging process, which can lead to a loss of a bit of structure. Earlobes are made of connective tissue and skin and fat and can get saggy (like other body parts) in the aging process.
The earlobe can stretch as we get older, especially if we’ve been wearing earrings for many years. If you have pierced ears, you may even notice that the pierce hole itself is a bit stretched. (Sorry if this sounds like a science or medical post rather than a fashion post! Keep reading, we’ll get there.)
What Not to Wear
You, like me, may have been a fan of statement earrings over the years. Generally, statement styles have a bit of weight to them and can pull on your earlobe. To have a more youthful appearance, avoid wearing earrings that pull your earlobe down. Take a look at the piercing in your earlobe; if it looks stretched with your earring in, you may want to consider retiring that pair.
Earring Styles That Work Best for Older Women
Earrings that are very lightweight or that cover the piercing in your earlobe give you the best option for a less aging earring look.
Light hoops or stud earrings offer alternatives that may work better as we age. If you enjoy wearing statement earrings, look for styles that have a post rather than a wire that goes through the piercing. Wire styles really spotlight the pulled down appearance of an earlobe.
Thank you again so much to Sarah for suggesting this post topic and for taking the time to photograph styles of earrings that provide a great visual.
Stay Away from Wires!
Love Statement Earrings? Go with a Post
So now I’m exactly where I didn’t want to be. I can’t unknow what I know. As I prepped for this post, I inventoried my earring wardrobe. Unfortunately, I discovered that the majority of my earring styles are the wire type. I can’t imagine simply purging all those earrings. So my plan is to focus my earring purchases going forward on styles that are more flattering to my 60+ old ear lobes.
The earrings overlaid on my messy earring “organizer” in the feature image above are my most recent purchase since my earring conversation with Sarah. I was attracted to them because of the statement-like style but their super lightweight material and post style. See, you can have it both ways!
I’ve curated some styles below for you to browse (most are very budget friendly).
(Note: If you purchase any of the styles featured, I will earn a small commission from the purchase, however, your price is the same whether you purchase through my links or go directly to the retailer. I appreciate your supporting the Dez & Dot blog through these links if you decide to purchase. Thanks!)