It’s not your imagination: hoops are everywhere right now.
Selena Gomez wore them on the cover of Vogue's April issue; Joan Smalls donned a
pair to go shopping in India; K-Pop stars love them at Seoul Fashion Week; Hailey Baldwin is an addict. So what gives?
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.
Classic, medium-sized hoops:
Or, the ones you wore in middle school. 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.
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 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.
This article was originally published by W Magazine in April, 2017. You can read the original piece here.
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