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Ask the Strategist: Where Can I Find Clip-on Earrings?

The famous pearl earring … is probably not a clip-on.

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Question: I’m dying to know what clip-on earrings to buy! Has Marni cornered the market? Where else can I find nice ones?

You’re right, Marni has a strong selection of clip-ons, but they’re by no means the only show in town. Oscar de la Renta is big on the scene, especially with tasseled options, Ralph Lauren makes a play, as does Alexis Bittar, Rachel Comey, and a bunch more. And let us just take a moment here to say that clip-ons aren’t just for people living without pierced ears. When it comes to heavy, dangling, statement earrings, it’s actually better if they’re clip-ons so that they don’t tear a slit straight down your ear (the ear’s biggest nightmare). So here, we focused on the earrings that you might be too scared to wear in a hole, or that are just plain smarter to clip right on. And if you’re looking for more dainty, expensive-looking earrings that are under $50, we’ve got a post for that, too.

Large Ivory Stud Screw Back Clip-on Earrings
$18 at Amazon

We’ll begin with some of the more affordable options, like this handmade, large ivory stud that’s inlaid with mother-of-pearl.

Open Circle Invisible Clip-on Dangle Earrings for Non-Pierced Ears
$20 at Amazon

These dangling earrings look like they need a pierced ear, but they actually have transparent cuffs that just slip right onto the ear and hang on tight. They’re made out of plastic for metal-sensitive ears.

Bar Dangle Earrings Invisible Clip-on for Non-Pierced Ears
$20 at Amazon

Same with these dangling bars, which are gold-tone, plated, zinc-alloy bars. They’re hypoallergenic and much, much lighter than metal.

Marni Sphere Clip-on Earrings
$330 at Shopbop

Since you began with Marni, we’ll get into that next. Here’s a pair of hybrid hoops that combine beads and metal.

Marni Metal & Strass Clip-on Earrings
$380 at Shopbop

Staying on the hybrid theme, here’s a busy pair with stacked blue and black crystals that find each other beneath a gold hoop.

Marni Bead-Embellished Clip-on Earrings
$480 at Matches Fashion

I love this bold beaded cluster.

Marni Gold-Tone Resin Clip Earrings
$380 at Net-a-Porter

Here’s a geometric statement earring, made from resin.

Lauren Ralph Lauren Large Sculptural Clip-on Hoop Earrings
$32 at Bloomingdale’s

Now moving on to Ralph Lauren, who offers some of the simpler options, like these silver structural hoops.

Lauren Ralph Lauren Door Knocker Clip-on Earrings
$38 at Bloomingdale’s

Or a much thinner version.

Lauren Ralph Lauren Clip-on Earrings
$28 at Bloomingdale’s

These ridged hoops come in both gold and silver.

Robert Lee Morris Soho Curved Clip-on Earrings
$28 at Bloomingdale’s

Here’s a moon-shaped crescent of gold from Robert Lee Morris.

Alexis Bittar Two-Tone Hoop Clip-on Earrings
$245 at Bloomingdale’s

Alexis Bittar makes this pair of fun two-tone hoops.

Alexis Bittar Lucite Medium Dome Clip Earrings
$155 at Nordstrom

And these oversize Lucite domes that are painted by hand almost look like they’re glowing.

Alexis Bittar Flipped Watery Metal Clip-on Earrings
$175 at Shopbop

This high-shine watery-metal pair feel like an ocean wave on a sunny day.

Alexis Bittar Hammered Clip-on Earrings
$155 at Shopbop

These hammered clip-ons are on sale for way over 50 percent off at just $47 (down from $155).

Oscar de la Renta ‘Classic Short’ Tassel Drop Clip Earrings
$345 at Nordstrom

And now for a moment on Oscar de la Renta. We’ll begin with a short tasseled pair that comes in 11 different colors. Pick your poison.

Oscar de la Renta Long Tassel Drop Clip Earrings
$395 at Nordstrom

There’s also a long-tassel option, if you’d like it to graze your shoulder.

Oscar de la Renta Crystal-Embellished Clip-on Earrings
$234 at Matches Fashion

A cascade of black and gray crystals now on sale for 30 percent off.

Oscar de la Renta Star Fish Clip-on Earrings
$195 at Shopbop

These are called the Star Fish and have an elegant curved string of four gold starfish with crystals.

Oscar de la Renta Small Impatiens Flower Drop Clip Earrings
$350 at Nordstrom

His playful “impatiens” have actual petals and the clips are padded for comfort. They also come in a color called grapefruit that I especially love.

Oscar de la Renta Geo Collage Clip Earrings
$190 at Nordstrom

A nice stack of gold squares.

Sorrelli Crystal Cluster Clip Earrings
$65 at Norstrom

Moving on from Oscar, here’s a cluster of colorful stones.

Clip-on Hoop Earrings
$80 at Nordstrom

These midsize hoops are lined with two rows of cubic zirconia (no one will be able to tell the difference).

Charlotte Chesnais Monie Small Vermeil Hoop Earrings
$535 at Nordstrom

Another pair of gold statement hoops, this time from Charlotte Chesnais. These are handcrafted in France.

Rachel Comey Leno Earrings
$175 at Need Supply Co.

Rachel Comey designed these transparent lime bars topped with rhinestone pendants.

Jennifer Fisher Large Chaos Ear Cuff
$235 at Jennifer Fisher

You can also skip an earring altogether and go with cuffs that go around the side of the ear. Jennifer Fisher makes this chaotic one that looks like a fancy scribble.

Jennifer Fisher Ear Cuff with Custom Lettering
$300 at Jennifer Fisher

And this smaller, more straight-edge option that you can monogram and customize.

Double Band Helix Earcuff 14k
$17 at Amazon

This $17 ear cuff is handmade in Israel.

Mercedes Salazar Petite Passiflora Clip-on Earrings
$73 at Shopbop

Another beaded cluster by Mercedes Salazar. This one’s about to sell out, so if you’re into it, act fast.

Sachin & Babi Coconut Clip-on Earrings
$250 at Shopbop

Sachin & Babi is all about the beaded spheres.

Chanel Button Clip-on Earrings
$730 at Shopbop

For the logo heads, scoop up these vintage Chanel button clip-ons.

Balenciaga Logo Clip-on Single Earring
$280 at Matches Fashion

Here’s a single Balenciaga piece with a vintage logo from the A/W 17 line. A similar vintage-logo look also comes in an enchanting ocean-blue color.

Balenciaga Hole Single Clip-on Earring
$140 at Matches Fashion

Another statement Balenciaga. This is just one circular earring, perfect for an asymmetrical look, and it’s on sale for 50 percent off right now.

Sylvia Toledano Leaves Gold-Plated Clip-on Earrings
$112 at Matches Fashion

This fun, gold-plated hanging pair by Sylvia Toledano is also 50 percent off.

Simone Rocha Clustered-Bead Clip-on Earrings
$177 at Matches Fashion

And one last cluster of beads from Simone Rocha.

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Ask the Strategist: Where Can I Find Clip-on Earrings?