Hoop earrings are a true jewelry classic. A pair of hoops can instantly elevate an outfit, allowing you to look chic and stylish in mere moments. But how do you find the perfect pair of hoop earrings for you, a pair that you’ll love wearing day and night? The key to finding your perfect pair of hoops is to look for a pair that both fits your style and is highly flattering. Hoop earrings come in a range of sizes and styles, and each size and style offers different aesthetic benefits. So to help you find your ideal pair of hoops within all the many varieties available, we’ve written this guide to how to choose the best hoop earrings for you. Below, we’ll go over everything you need to consider when selecting your hoop size, your hoop width, your hoops’ precious metal, and your hoops’ detailing.
Selecting Your Hoop Earring Size
The size of a pair of hoops greatly impacts its style. Then, size also affects how hoops will frame your face and which hairstyles they’ll look best with. So, your choice of hoop size plays a huge role in their aesthetics and wearability. In this section, we’ll go over the style details of small, medium, and large hoop earrings to help you find the size that’s perfect for you.
Huggie and Small Hoops (Under 20mm)
Small hoops, also sometimes called huggie hoops, are an excellent everyday hoop earring option. Small hoop earrings are subtle and elegant, but still eye-catching and gorgeous (especially when set with diamonds). Small hoop earrings flatter most face shapes and they can be a particularly good choice for those who usually wear their medium to long hair down, since their petite silhouette looks chic amongst flowing locks.
Medium Hoops (20mm to 40mm)
Medium-sized hoop earrings are the most popular size for both metal and diamond hoop earrings. Medium hoops are popular because they’re highly flattering and versatile. Medium hoops flatter all face shapes, look lovely with all hairstyles and hair lengths, and pair well with both casual and more dressy outfits. Then, medium hoops also add a serious boost of style to more simple looks, making them a great way to change up your look with just a single accessory.
Large Hoops (50mm and Over)
14k White Gold Inside Out Diamond Hoop Earrings
Large hoops are loved for their stylish, decidedly bold look. Large hoops are ideal for when you want to make a statement with your look on a special occasion. Larger hoops can be flattering on every face shape, but they do tend to look best on those with more angular, elongated, or wide face shapes. Then, large hoops can also be worn with any hairstyle, but tend to look best with chic updos and other hairstyles that pull hair away from the face. Large hoops often look best with pulled back hairstyles as these allow the hoops to take full focus upon the earlobes and draw maximum attention to the face.
Hoop Earring Finer Details: Width, Precious Metals, Design Details
Once you’ve decided on your hoop earring size, it’s time to think about their finer details, like their width, their precious metal, and their design details.
The width of a pair of hoop earrings often affects the types of looks they pair well with. In general, slim hoop earrings tend to pair well with more casual looks. Then, wide hoop earrings have a more glamorous aesthetic, so they tend to pair well with dressier looks. When thinking about the width of your hoops, it’s also important to think about the size of your hoops, since both of these proportions affect style. For example, a wide yet small pair of hoops will usually still be good for everyday wear, but will have a bit more glamour than a slimmer pair of small hoops would. To give another example, large hoops can look a bit more delicate and understated when they’re slimmer, while they’ll look even more boldly beautiful when they’re on the wider side.
If you already have a favorite precious metal, we recommend simply selecting that precious metal for your hoop earrings. But if you don’t have a favorite precious metal, you can choose your precious metal based on its style or on its undertone, which affects how flattering it may be on you. Not sure of the style or undertones of the different precious metals? Here are some style notes on each of your precious metal options for your pair of earrings:
Yellow Gold: Classic, Traditional, Pairs Well With Warm Skin Undertones
White Gold: Chic, Sophisticated, Pairs Well With Cool Skin Undertones
Rose Gold: Romantic, Trendy, Pairs Well With Neutral Skin Undertones
Platinum: Elegant, Luxe, Hypoallergenic, Pairs Well With Cool Skin Undertones
Design Details: Diamonds, Gemstones, Engravings, and More
When you select your hoop earrings, you can opt for a plain metal pair or go for a pair with a bit more flash or detail. Consider what you’re looking for in a pair of hoops: do you want something sleek or something more ornate? Or perhaps something in between? Whatever you desire, you’re bound to find a hoop that fits the bill. There are hoops with delicate diamonds, sizable diamonds, gemstones, engravings, and more. If you’re not sure exactly what you’re looking for, browse our beautiful selection of hoop earrings and see which earring styles resonate with you.
Final Thoughts on How to Choose the Best Hoop Earrings for You
We hope this guide to hoop earrings has been helpful as you search for the best earrings for you! If you have any questions about finding the right pair of hoop earrings or questions about any of the styles we carry, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Frank Jewelers. One of our helpful customer service representatives would be happy to assist you.
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