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.
From Madonna to Selena Gomez, Celebrities Have Always Loved Hoop Earrings
Madonna performs for a sold out crowd at the 1985 Live Aid concert in Philadelphia wearing piles of gold jewelry.
Sarah Jessica Parker sports a relatively toned down look in all-black with silver earrings.
Christina Aguilera takes to the stage in a high pony and thin, silver hoops.
Post-Posh, Victoria Beckham keeps it casual in a white tank, jeans, and major hoops.
Gwen Stefani matches a wild leopard print top with with pink cornrows.
Claire Danes attends a party for MTV at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival in a quirky hairstyle popular of the era.
At the 2002 premiere of her movie Crossroads, Britney Spears matched her baby-pink ensemble with silver jewelry.
Gold hoops pair perfectly with a gold tank–and matching tan–for Paris Hilton.
The reigning queen of the hoop, Jennifer Lopez was at her truest form in a juicy tracksuit and major earring.
Lindsay Lohan paired her cropped moto jacket with chunky hoops at the 2004 Teen Choice Awards.
Gwyneth Paltrow attends a Broadway opening night in 2005 wearing gold hoops that blend into her waves.
Eva Mendes paired a plunging halter top with gold hoops at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards.
Also rocking the halter and hoop pairing? Cameron Diaz at a premiere for one of the Shrek films.
Taylor Swift attended the 2009 Brit Awards in a bling-y silver dress and matching earrings.
At the 2008 SAG Awards, Angelina Jolie kept her look simple, save for a pair of gold earrings.
There was nothing subtle about the hoops–or ensemble in general–Beyonce wore to the 2010 Grammy Awards.
Blake Lively wore a pair of shoulder-grazing hoops to a 2010 event in New York.
Hoops are a winning bet when paired with a sleek ponytail, as evidenced by Julianne Moore.
The ultimate chic equation? Kirsten Dunst, a sleek-bun, tailored suit, and simple earrings, as evidenced at the 2011 CFDA Awards.
Kim Kardashian kept the glam sleek and the hoops big at QVC’s’Buzz On The Red Carpet’ Cocktail Party in 2012.
Even Meryl Streep is not immune to a good hoop, here at a 2015 film premiere.
At the 2015 British Fashion Awards, Lady Gaga matched her eye-makeup to her diamante earrings.
Zendaya arrived at the Children Mending Heart’s 7th Annual Empathy Rocks Fundraiser in 2015 wearing a top-knot and major earrings.
Selena Gomez attended the 2016 Grammy Awards in a sequined Calvin Klein gown and equally sparkly earrings.
Nicki Minaj sat front row at the H&M Studio show during Paris Fashion Week with pin-straight hair and mega-jewelry.
Almost never without a major hoop, Hailey Baldwin attended the grand opening of Tao in Los Angeles in all gold.
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.
29 Pairs of Hoop Earrings to Buy This Spring
Alexander Wang triple hoop earrings, $350, nordstrom.com
Anissa Kermiche 14-karat gold and pearl hoop earring, $645, netaporter.com
Anita Ko Bardot hoop earrings, $3,150, anitako.com
Balenciaga gold-tone hoop ear cuff, $225, netaporter.com
Charlotte Chesnais Saturne hoop earrings, $535, Nordstrom.com
Double Disco Rope “O” Ring sterling silver hoop earrings, $270, doubledisco.com
Eddie Borgo Trace gold-plated hoop earrings, $130, netaporter.com
ERTH 14-karat yellow gold skinny hoops, $275, brokenenglish.com
ESHVI hoop earrings, $166, farfetch.com
Foundrae 18-karat yellow gold single hoop earring with white diamond pave, sold individually, $1,150, brokenenglishjewelry.com
I+I pineapple gold-plated hoop earrings, $80, netaporter.com
Ileana Makri 18-karat gold and diamond hoop earrings, $1,405, netaporter.com
Ippolita Classico hoop earrings in sterling silver, $395, ippolita.com
Jennifer Fisher, Baby Samira Hoops, $350, jenniferfisher.com
Lana Jewelry small dare hoops in 14-karat gold, $895, lanajewelry.com
Lauren Klassen, $210, Ssense.com
Loewe logo twist hoop earrings, $187, matchesfashion.com
Loren Stewart, oversize tube hoops, $455, barneys.com
Maria Tash 18-karat gold and diamond huggie, $410, netaporter.com
Meadowlark ‘Large Taboo’ hoop earrings, $470, nordstrom.com
Pascale Monvoisin Belleville 9-karat gold and resin earrings, $375, netaporter.com
Roberto Coin 18-karat yellow gold hoop earrings, $600, orchardmile.com
Serpui gold-tone metal medium-sized hoop earrings, $309, farfetch.com
Shinola Detroit large silver crescent hoop earrings, $290, shinola.com
Simone Rocha gold-tone faux pearl earrings, $305, netaporter.com
Sorelle orbital disc earrings, $380, sorellenyc.com
Spinelli Kilcollin 18K yellow gold huggies with detachable sterling silver hoops, $1,900, brokenenglishjewelry.com
Theodora Warre 18-karat gold plated sterling silver Gypsy hoop earrings, $150, theodorawarre.com
Vita Fede Cassio earrings, $490, vitafede.com
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