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Next time someone tells Bronx girls to take off their hoops, they can just say they’re dressing like a CongresswomanAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Nothing elevates your ear game like a pair of hoop earrings. Heralded by Rhianna and Zendaya on and off the red carpet, the style signature for JLO Jennifer Lopez and pioneered by Alicia Keys, Hoop Earrings are empowering, symbolic to the circle of unity, infinity and wholeness.
As one of the oldest accessories in human existence, Hoop earrings have significant meanings in cultures around the world.
Since Nubia 2500 BCE, Ancient Africans, Greeks and Minoans, Egyptians, Romans, Assyrians, Persians, Caribbeans, from Latinos to Southern Californian Cholas, NY Bronx, Vietnamese Hmong women and India’s Gadaba tribe, once worn by emperors, kings and queens as a proclamation of social status (as in, my hoop earring is bigger than your hoop earring), Hoops are a statement for unity and strength – not to mention powerful earlobes.
Hoops are empowering. Hoop earrings stand out.
You’re not quite dressed until a pair of hoops add swagger
While fashions dictate our jewellery with large hair, headpieces and high collars, hoops have always persevered. 1920s updos with low-cut necklines, 1960s straight-hair and mod fashion, 1970 disco’s African and Latina renaissance and modern-day hip hop have kept hoop earring fashion alive and swinging. Hoops have gone so far as to be featured on Balenciaga, Versace and Marc Jacobs runways.
There’s a reason why hoop earrings are popular: they never go out of style. As a crucial accessory to your jewellery box, dressed up or down, they rock all the way from a walk in the park right to the red carpet. Hoops are all about attitude – fearless and without a care in the world.
- Hair tangled in hoops isn’t exactly cute so keep hair simple: back and up in ponytails or messy buns to accentuate the neck, face and collar bones.
- Short hair loves hoops, adding a touch of romance to the pixie minx.
- Pair to high necks, low necklines and bare shoulders.
- Elongate necks for an illusion of length with big oval-shaped hoop earrings.
- Match the width of your hoops to the width of your face: pair wider hoops to round and heart-shaped faces with thin hoops perfect for accentuating the features of narrow, long faces
- Go boho with a stylishly wrapped-around head scarf and oversized hoops.
- Effortlessly add lift your everyday casual outfits for a sleek fashionable look.
- Look sophisticated while shopping with hoops elevating basic tees and jeans.
- Add pop to monochrome outfits – black and hoops love each other dearly.
- Need street-cred? Reach for hoops when you need sass, energy and a big personality to let everyone in the room know exactly who’s in charge.
- Pair to red lips to really mean business.
The bigger the hoop, the bigger the love– Old Chola saying
Hoop earrings are always about adding edge. They’re for the bold, demanding and commanding attention. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore a bold red lip with striking gold hoops when she took her oath of office for the ultimate cultural statement.
As the visual cue to who’s the real bossb’tch around here, just remember to keep hair pulled back and a bare neckline for best results. And make sure those hoops move with fearless swagger.
Hoop earring fashion
When it comes to earring fashion, hoops are the quintessential piece of jewellery, transcending trends, time, cultures, stereotypes and personal style. The hoop earring is truly ubiquitous.
Hoop are an essential to every jewellery box with their neutral tone and the perfect match to every outfit. From intricate designs to featuring semi-precious stones, gems, pendants and cutouts, hoops can dress up, down, from jeans to a gown: hoop earrings go with everything.
As the latest must-have on-trend fashion accessory for single or multiple piercings, Huggies are the perfect go-to for every occasion, season or reason. Huggies are great to keep a toned down look for effortless elegance.
Huggie earrings are small hoop earrings designed to hug the earlobe. Chunkier than conventional hoops, huggies still offer a statement hoop look to compliment a look rather than stand out as the focal piece of the outfit. The lobe-hugging mini hoops are perfect for wearing solo or stacked along the ear in second or third piercings with solid metals or dotted in pavé.
Perfect for working out, exercise, change rooms or chilling poolside, the snug huggie is less likely to snag on clothes, equipment and hair.
Incredibly versatile, huggies are also the perfect home to sweet dangling charms, pearls and sparkly baubles for a playfulness on personality. Petite, understated and perfect for the modern woman-on-the-go, huggies strike the perfect balance of being small enough to wear comfortably all day, and bold enough to get noticed.
The midi hoop
Welcome to the ultimate classic hoop. Is it a stud? Is it a hoop? As hoops with a stud backing, midi hoops are designed for effortless everyday wear. As the perfect in-between with bold and understated, the weightlessness of midi hoops is the everyday classic.
Wear solo for minimal chic or layer them for a return to the 90s glam of Sade and Salt n Pepa. Add midi hoops to your professional work wardrobe for added edge – just leave the bold geometric designs in your jewellery box.
When the hoop earrings come on, the boss babe comes out
The maxi hoop
Size matters. Big, bold and beautiful, maxi hoops complement every face shape and many hair styles. Oversized hoops are universally flattering, adding instant drama to your look. Worn as symbols of resistance and strength dating back to Cleopatra and Nefertiti, big halo hoops have maintained their symbol for womanhood, culture and pride. The infamous ho hoop with a reputation for being distracting, unprofessional and even ghetto are a dramatic style statement for an edgy modern look. These are the earrings for a night on the town or that hot date. Let your hair down and go wild.
Dare to be fabulous