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The 8 Hoop Earring Styles To Know – And How To Wear Them

Gold hoop earrings are a modern-day jewelry classic – the perfect transitional jewel for day-to-night dressing. Here, CHARLIE BOYD rounds up the eight iconic styles of gold hoop earring that will complete an ultra-stylish fine-jewelry collection

Huggie hoops

Huggies earned their name by the way they cuddle the ear lobe – a sweet name for a stalwart of fine-jewelry styling. If you have multiple piercings up the lobe, huggies allow you to style up a scintillating combination of small hoops for maximum impact – so consider mixing your shades of gold and gemstones, while keeping the proportions the same for cohesion. Alison Lou’s mini ‘Huggy’ hoops have a cult following – choose from her chic ‘Cocktail’ drops, or her whimsical neon stars, hearts and letter designs.

Illusion-piercing hoops

If you love the effect of earrings climbing up the ear but don’t want to brave the piercing studio, some hoop earrings can fake the effect for you. Maria Tash is the go-to guru for piercing curation – and can create an entire ear story featuring a mix of studs, huggies and hoops. Her ‘Eternity’ hoops, available in white or yellow gold, effortlessly mimic the effect of three hoops from just one single piercing.

Oversized hoops

A pair of oversized hoops is always a stylish companion to a turtleneck sweater – and there’s no need to add a necklace, as shoulder-grazing hoops do all the hard work for you. While yellow-gold hoops have dominated designers’ collections over the past few years, having one white-gold pair, such as Ofira’s ‘Geo’ style, is a beautifully modern inclusion for any jewelry repertoire.

Classic diamond hoops

Whether you choose a classic hoop design that is dusted with diamonds or one that features a diamond drop, you can’t go wrong with a pair of diamond-set hoop earrings. A small- to medium-sized silhouette is subtle enough to wear every day, yet versatile enough to take you through to the evening and beyond. Anita Ko is a bona fide expert in everyday diamonds – her ‘Vivi’ style is lavish enough to bring everyday luxury to off-duty denim and athleisure.

Pearl hoops

Hoop earrings with gleaming pearls feel ultra-special for eveningwear, and Mateo’s 14-karat gold-and-diamond design showcases a cool and contemporary silhouette with a detachable pearl drop – so you can add or remove it to suit your neckline or mood.

Seek out hoops with colored gemstones to add a statement pop of color to a monochrome outfit

Classic yellow-gold hoops

NET-SUSTAIN designer Octavia Elizabeth makes all her jewelry locally in Los Angeles using recycled 18-karat gold. Simplicity at its best, with subtle, hammered-gold detailing, these slender and hollow hoops are crafted to be weightless, so you won’t suffer any ‘hoop-droop’ pain.

Colorful hoops

Most people tend to have one gemstone or color that they naturally gravitate towards. If yours is emerald, then Shay’s 18-karat gold-and-emerald hoops are the perfect choice. Seek out hoops with colored gemstones to add a statement pop of color to a monochrome outfit – or to add a final flourish to a block-color look.

Chubby hoops

Chunky, rounded hoops with an exaggerated silhouette will always feel modern. Lauren Rubinski’s editor-approved pair are another reason the designer has attained cult status and is the master of everyday, wearable luxury. The hoops’ 14-karat polished gold gives them a smooth sheen – ideal for low-key dressing.

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