The ’90s called, and they want their skinny eyebrows and chunky highlights back—but the one thing they said we’re welcome to keep is the multiple-piercings trend. Every It girl we’ve seen on Pinterest lately has been rocking a cluster of hardware from her helix to her rook to her lobes and everywhere in between. And it’s giving us the itch to follow suit.
Here’s the difference though, and it’s a big one: The ’90s-inspired ear constellations of today have taken on a much more minimalist aesthetic—even more so than the layered fashion piercings we saw emerge on red carpets and runways in 2013. Thanks to the craftsmanship of bespoke piercers like J. Colby Smith (whose delicate handiwork can be seen on the likes of Zoë Kravitz and Emily Weiss), now it’s all about rock salt–sized studs, floss-thin gold hoops, and other teeny-weeny pieces.
We know, we know: You already let your half-dozen holes close up for the last time. Or did you?
Keep scrolling to check out the chic ear piercing combos we’ve been obsessing over on Pinterest!
Rings galore! This assemblage of streamlined gold hardware welcomes those clunky ’90s piercings to 2016. If you’re into wearing a lot of jewelry but don’t want to look too dated or extreme, this simple, urban aesthetic is your answer.
Keep your collection from looking too crowded by alternating between hoops and studs. This might just be the chicest tragus piercing we’ve come across, Pinterest or otherwise.
Another super-contemporary look, this silver lineup of teensy geometric shapes has us jonesing to hit up the nearest piercing parlor.
These delicate pieces reinvent the thick gold chains of 1999. Interspersed with minimalist hoops, the look reads muy style-conscious.
Who doesn’t love a little whimsy? These playful rings’ teeny-tiny size keeps them looking grown-up. Find these exact earrings and more from indie NYC brand Catbird.
Ever seen pearls look this alt? Juxtaposed with unique gold shapes, the look takes on punkier vibes.
The amalgam of staple studs, nail heads, and other subtly badass shapes bring this look an (understated) rock ’n’ roll twist. Sport this lineup with a leather jacket and greasy hair for maximum edge.
Are you into the multiple piercings trend but don’t want it to be the first thing people see? We feel you. This coordinated trio of rhinestones and pearls nods to its radical origins while keeping things classy.
It doesn’t get much more minimalist than these purposefully placed gold pieces. The snugly fit hoops and microscopic studs evoke modern femininity.
Dig an artsier aesthetic? This pairing of edgy drop earrings and onyx studs communicates that your collection of Taschen coffee table books is extensive.
We love the unique spacing of these tiny gold piercings. Throwing a delicate circle stud in the mix of hoops puts a distinctly contemporary spin on the look as well.
The perfect way to keep an earful of piercings from looking too gothic or dated is to seriously downsize each piece of jewelry. Keeping the color scheme streamlined further emphasizes that chic, cool-girl aesthetic.
The fewer the piercings, the wilder you can get with the shape and finish of each one. This simple contrast of a yellow-gold star shape and white-gold hoop at the helix doesn’t go over the top.
No need to fill your entire ear up with bling. This look proves that restricting your jewelry placement to one section of the ear is another cool-girl way of keeping the multi-piercings trend minimal and modern.
Piercings are cool; outer space is cool. Put the two together, and you have a Pinterest goldmine. For a similar look, try SpringFineArt’s Cassiopeia Star Ear Crawler Earrings ($6).
Now that you’re onboard with these killer looks, make sure to read up on how to prevent a piercing from getting infected in three easy steps!