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The Ultimate Guide to Ear Piercings

Conch. Daith. Helix. If you’re like us, you’ve never heard of these before (almost) now. No worries! A little crash course on all things ear piercings is now in session.

You can blame it on designers Anthony Vaccarello, Isabel Marant, and Sarah Burton for our newly found obsession. Don’t get us wrong, bling has always been an integral part of our best outfits. But, now it can be the statement piece of a lewk, especially if you’re a tee-shirt-and-jeans kinda gal – psst, we’re looking at you Zoë. Whether you’re more boho or street, earrings add just the right amount of extra to your sartorial situation.

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Before copying a celebrity’s ear, you need to factor in the style and the ear of your chosen muse. If you’re the edgy type, you’ll probably have a sweet spot for cartilage piercings and statement jewelry pieces to adorn your ear. Let Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What or Scarlett Johansson inspire your bling dreams. If you speak boho, we think you’ll have a knack for earlobe piercings. By no mean are they boring, especially when you stack ’em up like the Richie sisters and iconic Kate Moss.

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Once you land on your desired style, we suggest finding a killer piercer who will be able to make stylistic suggestions based on your desires – skip the homestyle piercing technique.

*Personally, I like Alek at MTL Tattoo Sud (Montreal) & Brian Thompson at Body Electric Tattoo (Los Angeles).

Finding your perfect-match piercer means letting them curate your ear. Trust me: your ears will become your greatest assets. Most piercers work with a handful of specialized jewellers who offer specific earrings tailor-made for the different ear placements. Brands like Maria Tash and BVLA are usually artists’ favourites since their selection is vast enough to cover your entire ear. The Last Line LA definitely deserves a special mention thanks to owner Shelley Sanders who schools us on killing the dazzling ear game.

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Go bling or go home, even if you’re keeping it simple with just a few earlobe piercings. In that case, you can definitely play it up with brands like Jennifer Fisher, Loren Stewart, and Maria Black. Whichever style or brand you prefer, we’re convinced you’ll be happy to have gone through the pain for an ear that makes for the perfect selfie – cue Kaia Gerber.

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Loren Stewart earrings $275