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Thick Hoop Earrings

Thick Hoop Earrings on Elora Joshi

What everyday jewelry do you wear? Hoops have been around forever, but lately I’ve been noticing women wearing beautiful thicker ones. The earrings make a whole outfit feel laid-back and pulled together. I’d love to wear some this fall with a sweater and messy low bun.

Here are five great pairs: small, large, shiny, rose and flat.

Thoughts? Which would you wear?

P.S. Delicate necklaces, and seven fall trends.

(Photo of Elora Joshi.)

  1. Lillie says...

    Still wondering the brand and style of the earrings in the photo? Thanks!

  2. CB says...

    Loved seeing the thick hoop earrings on Beth and Rebecca on This Is Us last night after seeing this post!

  3. OMG Did you just see Beyonce’s latest Insta with her “Chunky” hoops? I thought of this post immediately! Where do we find hoops like THOSE?

  4. Jen J says...

    Any recommendations on clip-on earrings? I want to try wearing earrings for big occasions but haven’t found any good online options. Help!

    • Maria says...

      I don’t have pierced ears and have been wearing these for a few months – they’re amazing!
      http://www.coopslondon.com

  5. Due to an irrational fear that the hoop will get stuck on something and rip through my earlobe, I cannot bring myself to wear hoops or dangly earrings of any kind, even though I think they look so lovely on everyone else. I stick to geometric studs or rhinestone studs, anything rose gold, too.

  6. Talor says...

    I’ve been loving gold hoops all summer and plan to wear them all year round going forward. On my Mexican vaca I wore big ones with my bathing suit and I felt instantly sexier and I wear a smaller pair to work when I want to spice up a basic outfit. You’d be surprised the affect it can have.

  7. I’m always jumping through hoops to find the right jewelry!

    (See what I did there?)

    I feel absolutely naked without earrings. I’ve always worn studs but am getting bold in my old (40!) age and branching out the bigger, better glitz– such as hoops.

    • Claire says...

      ha! good one!

  8. I love everything Laura Lombardi makes! Thanks for featuring her! Have you ever seen that iconic Sade pic- denim on denim and hoops! She is too cool.

  9. Heather says...

    I got a pair of thick, gold hoops for my 16th birthday (in 1998!) and felt SO COOL. I’m going to have to dig them back out. =)

    • Giulia says...

      Me too! I still wear them on a regular basis and now they are back in ;)

  10. Heather says...

    I need to see those Clare V medium sized ones on a face… I know somebody out there has them and wants to share an IG photo, plz.

  11. Cynthia says...

    I have a gold pair that look like the Halogen ones from Nordstrom. They were a 40th birthday present many years ago and I wear them all the time with everything. I have other hoops, too, and I think hoops are classic.

  12. I got a pair of medium sized thick gold hoops from H&M and have been wearing them non-stop all summer! they’re the perfect thing to dress up simple outfits like jeans and a t-shirt: they make the outfit look intentional!

  13. Does anyone know where her tshirt is from?

    • Cindy says...

      Uniqlo

  14. They do add quite a nice touch to your look! But I don’t wear earrings so that’s off my list. I think you also need a certain face type/shape to pull it off so well though!

    Joanne

  15. Abby says...

    Hoops are classic and never go out of style, though the ones you posted are not gold so they aren’t compatible with my ears. Unfortunately my piercing-holes must be snobby and sensitive because I get a horrible skin reaction to anything that isn’t real gold or silver, including vermeil and plated items. So over the last 12 years I have invested in a few pairs of gold hoops, 1 pair that are big but super thin, 1 pair which are thick and medium sized like the ones on the model in your post, tiny delicate ones that wrap my earlobe closely, and a pair of old-school door knockers, as we used to call them. They work for every occasion and last beautifully so it’s worth it!

    • Cynthia says...

      You could be allergic to nickel, which is often used in costume and plated jewelry. I have to be careful, too, so I sympathize with you.

  16. EGray says...

    Sade in the 80tys. I’m not sure how to post an image, but she was my style icon as a teenager. She still is a major style icon!

    • Cindy says...

      Pretty sure the style of these on the Somme Studio website is the “Sade”! :D

  17. For the longest time my pearls were my default, but I’ve been wearing hoops a lot. If I feel the need to take it up a notch I have some dangly natural shaped pearls from my aunt that I love.

  18. I love hoops – love all the ones you linked, too, also but of course my favorites are the expensive flat ones.
    I wear a small pair of silver hoops almost every day, and sometimes silver balls. I think they’re classic, not 90s!!!

  19. Emma says...

    My sister and I wanted to wear hoop earrings SO bad when we were little (and didn’t have our ears pierced yet). So we took those loose leaf binder rings and hooked them in the inside of our ears just above the lobe. We felt so cool. Haha, I totally forgot about that until I read this post. I also remember that my sister and I crushed up flowers and soaked them in hot water to make perfume when we were in elementary school. I could go on. Haha, so many desperate attempts to get around the limited resources of a being little. : )

    • TJ says...

      this is adorable

  20. Lily says...

    Into these! All the girls at work are wearing them.

  21. I’ve been wearing hoops nonstop lately (exhibit A in my last post: http://bit.ly/2widI6k). I can’t get enough. I’ve been on the lookout for a thicker pair, so I’ll have to check out the ones you linked to :)

    Christina

  22. Claire says...

    Yup. Sign me up. Love ’em. So classic and elegant. I’d wear any of those- gold or rose gold.

  23. Ros says...

    I love it. I have a gorgeous pair of hoops I inherited (about an inch and a bit across, with an etched pattern, probably from the ’40s given original ownership)… and I can’t wear them, because grabby baby makes me think I’ll be missing my earlobes by the end of the day.

    Pearl studs for now – good visual impact, classic look, not grab-friendly. Hoops next year, if I’m lucky.

    • Me too! My baby thinks my hoops are toys that hilariously make Mama say “Ouch!” I’l be in pearl studs for another six months for sure.

  24. Lillie says...

    Which ones are in the photo of the model?

    • Claire says...

      I was curious about that too.

    • Cindy says...

      Those are my faves on this post!

      They’re from Somme Studio, but I’m not sure which style. They have at least three different ones.

  25. Sarah K says...

    I love hoops. I have large-ish features and tiny dangly earrings feel off-scale with my face. I like studs, but I love the presence of medium sized hoops and how they balance my face. I hope they stay in style forever…although, at almost 38, I think I’m getting closer to the confidence to just wear what I know suits me, even if it’s not strictly fashionable.

  26. Mcw says...

    I’m a fan of simple white pearl studs. They’re classic, understated and feminine. They magically soften features and yet look even more interesting the more subversive one dresses.

  27. Laura says...

    I’ve recently gotten on the hoops bandwagon and love it. Though I wonder about these… I really cannot handle heavy earrings. Was a bit sad because I love big dangly beautiful earrings, feels so glamorous but I always feel like they’re about to rip through my earlobes. My fear with thick hoops is that the weights would be unbearable.

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Hi Laura! These hoops are all hollow inside and I think they’re pretty light. I tried on the “flat” ones recently at the Clare V. store and they’re definitely light as air. Hope that helps!

  28. Teree says...

    I think this has to look deliberate versus ‘oh, yes, I have had these since 1988! #JodyWhatley

    • Sandra says...

      LOL at the Jody Watley reference!

  29. Carrie says...

    I could never, ever pull these off

  30. Mae says...

    I’ve been wearing large white gold hoops which, according to the jewelry shop, are made from “fragments” of white gold. I luv that they have that subtle sparkle and shine in them, not too overwhelmingly shiny, so I can wear them casually or during formal occasions.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      lovely!

  31. Alexia says...

    Just a heads up, there has been talk of white women wearing hoop earrings being cultural appropriation. Personally I think it is one of those grey areas but I would like to hear from others.

    • Christie says...

      Not gray to me. I have hoop earrings that I wore at least a decade before the college students calling this “cultural appropriation” were even born. Hoop earrings are a style that have been around for most of the last century. But I suppose, since the real tradition began with the Sumerians, unless we are Sumerian we shouldn’t wear them.

    • ns says...

      I think the issue is that when white women wear hoops, it’s “chic” or “elegant.” But when brown and black where them it’s “ghetto” or “ethnic.” Many years ago, I was at one of my first internships (in an art gallery) and wearing hoops. The owner actually said to me “You have the ghetto look going on today” and laughed. This would not have been said to me if I was white. I actually stopped wearing my medium / large hoops for a while (I have now gone back to wearing them almost. I wear tortoise medium hoops almost on a daily basis).

      On a different note – hoops have long been a the norm in brown and black communities (bamboo hoops were affordable, Latina baby girls get their ears pierced early and are often small hoops, etc), but they come in and out of general “style.”

    • Christie says...

      The problem is with asshats who would say anything a black or brown woman wears is ghetto. If it became Latina or African-American style to wear small gold studs and one coat of black mascara only, then that would be “ghetto.” The problem is racism. But to say that hoop earrings is “cultural” and because of that white women can’t wear it is beyond.
      No one should be made to feel bad because of their totally appropriate fashion choices. That includes women of color. That includes white women.

    • Michaela says...

      I was looking to see if someone else mentioned this. I think NS summed up the issue rather nicely so I will amplify her comment above <3

  32. t says...

    ugh the 90’s.

    • Yep, I wore these when I was in high school in the 90s. :P

  33. Maggie says...

    I am living in my thin gold hoops at the mo. I just hiked a mountain in the highlands of scotland with mine. And in each picture, no matter how tired or ragged i look, the earrings give my face just enough polish. Never going back.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha i love that, maggie!

  34. jac says...

    The Dream of the 90’s… The 90’s came back when I was in fashion design school (2009-2011) and it’s still here. That means it’s been back for almost as long as the original 90’s. We haven’t even reached the gross part yet(the late 90’s). Lord help us. These earrings need some mules and a nylon Prada backpack (No I am not being facetious). And a babydoll T. <3 Kendall Jenner is killlllinngggg it atm. #bless

  35. Depends..usually thin hoops, but I’m checking out tiny, delicate studs lately. I’m on the verge of my “mid-to-late 40s” and the idea of wearing all my ear piercings is thrilling me.

  36. Lisa says...

    My uniform is tiny, rose gold hoops. I always feel polished and just dressy enough. I lost my last pair which I had for over 20 years and replacement them with Vrai and Oro.

  37. Oooohhhh I’m wearing a silver pair of these and they are fantastic.