It’s not your imagination: hoops are everywhere right now.
As with any style obsession, the fashion pendulum has swung back firmly in the statement earring court. But while mismatched pairs and ear jackets have had their moment to shine, it’s all about the hoop once again.
This season’s most popular iterations go beyond the classic, J.Lo-approved big gold hoop. From the pair you almost definitely have in your jewelry box already, to the new styles worth investing in now, here a guide to the hoops to wear this season.
If there is one version that rules them all, it’s the oversized hoop, from super-thin to shoulder-grazing styles. The one pair you need to buy from this category? Jennifer Fisher’s Samira hoops, available in 14k Yellow Gold Plated Brass or Silver Plated Brass with Rhodium Finish, which you’ve already seen on everybody from Alicia Keys to Gigi Hadid.
Classic, medium-sized hoops:
Or, the ones you wore in middle school. These are the earrings that Gretchen Weiners’ parents gave her for Hannakuh, only to be forbidden by Regina George. Truly universal, the earrings are best at their simplest: not too big, not too small. Thanks to their classic nature, the medium-sized hoop in silver or gold pairs well with formal attire, as they will never overshadow the ensemble. While you probably bought your original pair from Macy’s--and be honest, still have them--Shinola has made a perfect crescent-shaped version should you be looking for an upgrade.
Huggies, with a twist:
For the woman who isn’t sure she can pull of hoops (impossible!), look no further than this tiny, barely there earrings. While huggies--named for the way they hug the earlobe--have been a popular look for several seasons, for spring, several designers, including new designers Laura Klassen and Pascale Monvoison, have added tiny charms to dangle off the dainty base, creating a look that is equal parts subtle and whimsical.
Just because hoop earrings have been around for centuries, doesn’t mean they can’t be ultra-modern. Case in point: sculptural pieces that go beyond the circle shape, adding in plenty of new angles and add-ons. Charlotte Chesnais, for example, plays with interlocking loops in differing metals, while Double Disco piles on shape upon shape for a shoulder-grazing moment that will turn heads.
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