A classic earring shape, the hoop has recently had a jump in popularity. Big or small, metallic circles pair with any outfit perfectly. Wear the same earrings with a tracksuit by day and a ballgown by night. Put a pair in when your hair is unwashed and slicked into a ponytail, and you’ll immediately look more pulled together and sassy. Rings will suit city wear or beach sundresses. They enhance casual or refined looks – no matter how you wear them they just add cool.
Kerry Potter, writing for The Pool, reports that online searches for gold hoops have seen an increase of 66% year on year, and Pinterest “saves” are up 35%. The hoop featured heavily on the AW18 catwalks.
However, rings aren’t a new ear wear trend. Gold hoops are the oldest earrings to be discovered by archeologists – worn by the Sumerians in 2500 BC. Fast forward a couple of millenia, and they’re still a wardrobe staple.
Cher wore them in the 1960s, Diana Ross and Donna Summer in the 1970s, while Madonna, Sade and Salt N Pepa all sported thick gold “door knockers” in the 1980s. Neneh Cherry and Lauryn Hill rocked them during the 1990s and Victoria Beckham in the early noughties. They have been key to J-Lo’s signature look for the last 20 years – she wears a different pair in each of her music videos; and current fans include Cardi B, Hailey Baldwin and Rihanna.
They’re just so versatile. We say ‘hoop’, but that definition can be stretched. They come in all thicknesses, sizes, and even subtly different shapes – ovals, teardrops, even shaped into faces. They can be trashy or smart, loud or discreet.
Mini hinged sleepers – common in the 1960s and 1970s, when they were worn at night to keep a pierced ear from closing – are small, unobtrusive and comfortable. Unadorned, they are popular for their simplicity, a whisper that the ear is pierced. Adorned sleepers – hung with mini charms, shapes or letters – are more edgy, and add a bit of attitude to any outfit. Choose a spike, a star, or your initials.
Medium-sized hoops can be delicate or chunky, and are always a safe, everyday choice. Or choose statement-making shoulder grazers – popular on catwalks and red carpets for maximum impact. Go for bad-girl heavy gold or art-house sculptural – we love the unexpectedly chic resin tortoiseshell. Cheap and cheerful designs are great if your ears will allow it, or take things uptown with the metal of your choice.
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