Three ways to wear ear crawlers: the latest earring trend

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For my birthday this year my husband bought me a new pair of earrings. He likes to buy me jewelry and he usually does a good job. This year he bought me a pair of ear crawlers. This is an earring trend I’ve found intriguing but wasn’t sure if I was ready to commit. See, I have relatively tiny ears and I just didn’t know if they would work.

So, husband to the rescue!



Admittedly, they do take some finagling to get on just right. However, I discovered that you can actually wear them three different ways. At least, I can since I have two holes in each ear.

The first way is as designed, where you thread the back through your ear and then turn the earring up so the back lays along the back of your ear and the gems are on the front. If you have tiny ears like mine this may require some bending of the earring back to get it to stay in place.


The second way is to just wear them like regular drop earrings. In fact, turns out that I actually already owned a pair of ear crawler earrings that I was wearing as drop earrings: these star ones! I just didn’t realize they could be worn as ear crawlers. But lo and behold, take a look:


same from Le Tote | similar

Finally, if you have two (or more!) holes like me, you can wear the ear crawler in the higher hole and a regular earring in the lower one.


This is how I wore them out to dinner for my birthday last week. My husband also gave me the other earrings for Christmas and wanted to show off all my new bling.

Again, though, if you have tiny ears like me not all ear crawlers will work. Take, for example, the pair I just recently got from Le Tote.


There is no way these are going to stay on my ears if I move my head. They are cute, though. If a little over the top.

What do you think of the ear crawler trend? Would you wear them? Which of the three above is your favorite? 

10 replies on “Three ways to wear ear crawlers: the latest earring trend

  1. Chris

    I’d really like to try crawlers, but don’t have a piercing so would have to make sure they would be long enough to extend up my earlobe after being wrapped around the bottom, or have a cuff at the top to hold them in place.

      1. Chris

        I think it might depend on how attached your earlobes are. I remember buying a girlfriend a pair maybe 10-15 years ago and you could put them through your pierced holes, or wrap it all the way around your ear in that divot between your cheek and earlobe and pinch it together to stay in place.

  2. Sarah @ Windy City Wanderlust

    I need to get my grubby little hands on some of these lol! I think my favorites are the first two. I have smaller ears too and usually stick to studs, but have recently been branching out into the ear jacket trend. I’d love to find a dainty pair of these and switch things up a bit 🙂

  3. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    I think I would like these a lot more if they weren’t called ear crawlers hahaha. Makes them sound like some creepy, disgusting bug! The look, however, I do like a lot. I only have my ears pierced once and have NO desire to pierce them any more, but I like that with these, you can give off the impression of having more than one piercing without having to deal with needles. That sounds ideal to me!

  4. Allyson

    I bought two pairs of these last year hoping to embrace the trend but I could never get them to stay put so I could wear them like your first picture, as intended. They always ended up just looking like weird drop earrings, so they’ve been relegated to the bottom of my drawer. I’m going to dig them out later and try to bend them like you suggest!

  5. Jill Will Run

    I had no idea what these were called, but this is something I can get behind! I have two holes in each ear. However, in my left ear I used to have more holes and the third hole (long story, won’t go into it) is messed up and left an ugly black scar behind. So a crawler would be perfect to conceal that! Thanks for educating me on what these are called! LOL

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