Yes, I just made a bad pun based on a 1990′s-era dance tune. I have no shame.
However, thinking back to 1993, I realize that there’s not too damn much that I wore back then that I would even consider putting on my body today (puffy poet shirt, I’m looking at you). However, even back then, I loved hoop earrings.
Hoop earrings are one of those things that you either love, or you hate. Smaller hoops rarely elicit a negative reaction. Larger hoops, however? Well, there’s more than one Facebook group ranting about how trashy they look. And consider this tidbit of information from a very knowledgeable acquaintance of mine:
“Cultural Difference Fun Fact: In many conservative and/or old money families, particularly in the South, Nice Girls Don’t Wear Hoops. Small ones are considered merely low rent, but anything bigger than a quarter? You might as well be working the pole. They’re like lucite heels for your ears.”
I think hoops are one of those things that are extremely dependent on the wearer and on the context. Yes, they ARE inherently more casual than studs or drops, but they don’t have to be lowbrow.
Big hoops with lots of cleavage, too much makeup, an equally big necklace and a Bumpit? Yeah, that’s lucite-heel territory.
Big hoops with an exotically patterned tunic over pale linen trousers and a low strappy sandal? Delightful.
When wearing hoops, keep in mind that while big hoops can be gypsy-esque and fun, smaller ones do tend to be more elegant. The smallest of all, also known as “huggies”, would likely work in even the most conservative setting.
Fortunately, there are a LOT of choices out there.
Beautiful leaf hoop earrings:
Unusual and delicate citrine drop hoops:
Sparkly and elegant hoops for evening:
Of course, if you want to go full-on gypsy chick, these are a beautiful way to do so:
So to the hoop-haters, I say “You do NOT know what you’re missing, my friend!”