Fashion has been paying tribute to earlobes for a long time, but it’s time put away your feathers and chandeliers and make way for a classic. Hoop earrings are a throwback to the 80’s when big hair and off the shoulder sweatshirts were the norm. Bringing them back with unrestricted access to your wardrobe promises to be a flattering touch to every look.
To best understand how to incorporate earrings into your casual, everyday denim and t-shirt look, or to dress them up for an ultra-glam evening out, we can consult the 80’s for what not to do. Stay away from pairing hoop earrings with anything that one might have actually worn in the 80’s, making you appear to have just stepped out of the DeLorean. Similarly, heavy makeup stays in the case. Focus on one feature; a bold eye, a bright lip, or keep it natural to draw attention to the showstoppers on your lobes. Don’t be afraid to keep your outfit casual chic, and have your earlobes go glam. Pull your hair into a sleek ponytail, or a messy bun to shed the most light on your earrings.
The best fall 2011 earring trends call for gold and copper tones. For a vibrant exotic look, seek out a pair with turquoise or amber stones. Modern takes on the hoop are found in geometric shapes like octagons with inset stones. Bohemian outfits are best accessorized with hoops clad in lace, or with floral detailing. To give an edge to your colour-block look, or to a little-black-dress, try a punk rock influence with spikes or studded hoops.
Where to find them? Top row: Rose detail earrings by Lucky Brand, Blue Stone Cleopatra hoops at couturecandy.com. Middle row: skull and cord hoops by Disney Couture, Chevron Station earrings by House of Harlow 1960, black rope earrings by Max and Chloe. Bottom row: hematite hoops at endless.com, gold coloured fresh water pearl earrings at couturecandy.com