In any collection of essential pieces of jewelry, hoop earrings are, without a question, a linchpin—a must-have, a go-to, a classic staple. Regardless of size, metal, and material, hoop earrings never fail to make one feel more put together.
Per hoop earring proponent and jeweler Jennifer Fisher, at the onset of Covid—when the world had been largely confined to home for about a month—she received consistent feedback that the one thing helping her clients feel more polished on a daily basis was their hoop earrings. There’s something to be said about the power of the accessory. It’s grandiose but, also, not so far fetched a sentiment that when everything around you is beyond your control, a stylish and simple staple can be that grounding anchor to help keep you feeling like yourself.
Fisher, whose name has become synonymous with hoop earrings, has everyone from Jennifer Lopez to CNN Chief White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins wearing her styles on a daily basis. With hoops still the dominating earring style, we caught up with her again (hot on the heels of her Beverly Hills store opening) to talk about starting and growing a hoop earring collection. “Your first pair of hoops should be something clean that you can wear morning, noon, and night,” says Fisher. “Your fifth pair of hoops should be something that has texture and maybe a larger diameter. Something that rounds out your collection.”
“I always say that hoop earrings are like the perfect pair of jeans; you need a few styles to round out your collection,” continues Fisher. “Your foundation is normally something pretty classic and then as you grow your collection, your selection should become more diverse. A great example: for your first pair of jeans, you probably aren’t going to buy a wide-leg, long version. You’re probably going to go with a classic straight-leg version, so I suggest the same idea when you’re buying hoops.”
And—to keep Fisher’s analogy going— just like denim, the hoop is versatile. It can be the most casual earring (like those early-Covid sweats) or be a minimal accent for an evening outfit (an outdoor-dining-friendly look and cocktail attire). Below, find our guide to the best hoop earrings.
Bigger than a huggie (meaning a hoop that “hugs” the ear) and smaller than a look-at-me-hoop, the medium hoop is an essential for every collection. It’s a classic pairing for pretty much every outfit under the sun.
Larger hoops are more of a fashion statement than their smaller, or even more colorful, counterparts. They’re perfect for any evening ensemble or for a daytime event where attitude is necessary.
Real Gold Hoops
A lot of hoop options are dipped or plated, partly to keep price low and to keep the bigger styles light enough not to drag the earlobe down. But these real gold options are all under $500 and designed not to be too heavy.
Gold and Silver Hoops
Gone is the faux-pas of mixing metals, now it’s time to embrace it. These gold and silver hoops are the perfect combination that will work with all the pieces of your jewelry collection.
Colorful hoops won’t likely be the first pair you purchase, but they will be the most fun style in your collection. Perfect with a crisp white tee shirt or blouse, they’re an easy option full of character.