The 2018 jewellery trends speak loud and clear: hoop earrings are an absolute must have and go with any outfit. This certainly isn’t the first time this particular piece of jewellery has been in the spotlight: hoop earrings were also a big deal in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but their origins take root in a much more distant time period.
A brief history of hoop earrings
The first sightings of gold, silver and bronze hoop earrings can be traced as far back as the Sumerian civilization, when women wore these earrings to beautify their ears. But it wasn’t just a custom for women: throughout history hoop earrings have been the favourite accessory for many men, not just for aesthetic reasons, but also for their symbolic significance.
In Ancient Roman times they were considered to be a status symbol of strength and wealth, while during the second half of the 1600s pirates began wearing them as collateral to guarantee a decent burial in case they died at sea. And women from many Afro-American and Latin cultures have been wearing hoop earrings for thousands of years as an identity symbol attributed to strength.
A return to hoop earrings: from the 1980s till today
Over the last few decades we’ve seen them worn by highly celebrated pop icons: Cher and Madonna for example, chose large, eye-catching version during the ‘80s. The period between the ‘90s and the beginning of the 2000s represented another important moment in history for hoop earrings: Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez brought them back in style, often pairing them with sporty looks, with bright jogging pants and crop tops, a major trend of the ‘90s, but also wearing them with sheath dresses and more elegant attire.
The last time hoop earrings made a comeback was last year, and it looks like the trend isn’t going to let up in 2018: these hoop-shaped accessories for your ears are an absolute must have, whether they be large, small, decorated or embellished with charms.
And the trend doesn’t just stop at street style, because there are so many more types being worn on the runway, from Michael Kors to Magda Butrym. And of course there are today’s It Girls, who are major players in making hoop earrings fashionable in all their different forms Kendall Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid, along with the pop star Rihanna.
Wearing and pairing hoop earrings
After having revisited their history and having seen how the celebs wear them, the next question is a natural one: so how should you wear hoop earrings? Depending on your style and fashion habits, we can help you find the right pair to mix with each of your outfits.
A lot of women like to wear their hair up during the day: the chignon, the messy bun and the classic high ponytail all work beautifully with a pair of large hoop earrings, which, depending on their design, can be worn together with an elegant blouse for work, or with a turtleneck during your spare time, or with a boat neck t-shirt when you’re out having fun.
One of the major rules for correctly pairing jewellery is that you absolutely shouldn’t wear large earrings alongside necklaces: huge hoops or really decorated hoops should take centre stage, and your neck should remain bare.
Other women prefer to wear their hair down loose or casually tucked behind their ears: the ideal choice in these cases are small hoop earrings delicate and simple, or with a small detail which adds a little sparkle to your look. It’s also the perfect solution for anyone who also wants to wear other jewellery.
It’s also the perfect solution for anyone who also wants to wear other jewellery. You can easily combine small hoops and a long necklace (with or without a pendant) that rests on your clothing without making your neckline seem heavy and overdone.
But hoops aren’t just defined in terms of large and small: more and more, contemporary earrings are embellished with decorative details that make them an incredibly glamorous and versatile accessory, adaptable to any kind of occasion. A pair like this really enhances your most basic outfits: they go perfectly with a simple minidress, a preppy black & white look, and also with a basic t-shirt you want to make your own.
Hoops can also be discrete and elegant pendant earrings, to be worn with a modest look that’s searching for that final detail to make it complete. It’s an essential contemporary accessory which goes perfectly with office wear and in other similar situations when you want to look chic but not flashy.