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11 Different Types of Hoop Earrings

You may be familiar with these earrings, but did you know they’re all hoops? Hoops, beloved and versatile, are a jewelry item that never goes out of style. Read on for a breakdown of 11 common hoop earring styles. 

Classic Hoop Earrings

Classic hoop earrings have remained a favored jewelry staple for decades. Their enduring charm can be attributed to the perfect balance of simplicity and style. The design of these earrings prioritizes a circular shape, clean lines, and a smooth, continuous form for a polished finishTraditionally, classic hoops are unembellished, but modern designs have initiated a wealth of creative enhancements. Their ability to stay relevant beyond fleeting fashion trends make classic hoop earrings the ultimate unisex accessory. 

Classic hoop earrings styled on a model

Huggie Earrings

Huggie earrings are a style of hoop earring that snugly hug the earlobe. These earrings are typically small in diameter, ranging from 10mm to 20mm, although sizes may vary. Their compact and secure fit makes huggies everyday essentials, as they are less likely to snag on clothing or hair. They are also a good option for individuals with sensitive ears because they are less likely to cause irritation. For small earrings like huggies, it’s the details that truly make them pop. Learn about how to wear huggie earrings in this post here. 

Huggie earrings styled on a model

Chunky Hoop Earrings

Chunky hoops bring a bold and trendy aspect to the classic hoop design. These earrings feature a thicker band and a larger diameter, often ranging from 30mm to 70mm or more. The thickness of the hoop varies, but it generally spans several millimeters, giving these earrings their characteristic heft and presence. These weighty pieces are best suited for short-term rather than long-term wear. Consider stacking small chunky hoops with lighter hoops or studs to introduce dimension, as long as strain isn’t a concern. 

Yellow gold chunky hoop earrings on a model

Dangle Hoop Earrings

Dangle hoops combine the elegance of hoop earrings with the playful allure of dangling designs. These earrings feature a classic hoop that extends into various dangling elements, such as gemstones, charms, or intricate metalwork. The added movement of the dangles creates a dynamic, eye-catching effect that captures and reflects light in illuminating ways. 

Dangle hoop earrings on a model

Thin Hoop Earrings

The lightweight construction of thin hoops boasts a slender band of metal and minimalistic design that guarantees all-day comfort. Thin hoop earrings come in various sizes, ranging from 15 to 70 mm or larger. This year, thin, big hoop earrings are in vogue, with Jennifer Lopez as their primary perpetuator. In this post, we elaborate further on popular earring styles. 

Thin hoop earrings styled on a model

Oval Hoop Earrings

Oval hoops are distinguished by their elongated, oval shape. Oval hoops present distinct advantages over circular ones, appealing to many fashion sensibilities. Their unique configuration complements any silhouette and is especially flattering for those with round or heart-shaped faces, helping to balance their facial features. They also tend to sit closer to the face, contributing to a sleek and refined profile. 

Oval hoop earrings styled on a model

Inside Out Hoop Earrings

Inside out hoops are innovative earrings that feature gemstones set on the inner side of the hoop, ensuring that the stones are visible from both the front and the back when worn. This arrangement maximizes scintillation and provides a continuous line of brilliance. Inside out diamond hoop earrings are a bride’s best friend on her wedding day.  

Inside out hoop earrings on a model

J-Hoop Earrings

J-hoops, named for their distinctive “J” shape, offer a unique and modern alternative to traditional circular hoops. These earrings feature a curved design that extends halfway around the ear, creating the appearance of a partial hoop. The open-ended design gives them a delicate feel, ensuring comfort for extended wear.  

J hoop earrings on a model

Tube Hoop Earrings

Tube hoops are a stylish reimagination of the traditional hoop earring design. Defined by their thick, tubular shape, these earrings are a nod to modern and dramatic tastes.  

Tube hoop earrings on a model

Geometric Hoop Earrings

Embrace cutting-edge style with ease by wearing edgy and contemporary geometric hoop earrings. Unlike standard hoops, which are typically circular, geometric hoops come in a variety of shapes such as squares, triangles, hexagons, and more. These out of the ordinary motifs add fashion-forward sophistication to any outfit. 

Square geometric hoop earrings on a model

Textured Hoop Earrings

Textured hoop earrings are a spin on the classic hoop design. These earrings incorporate an array of surface treatments and patterns, such as hammered metal, braided strands, or intricate engravings, each lending character to the piece.  

Textured hoop earrings on a model

Playing with the size of each of these styles allows ample room for personalization and creativity. Your hoop earring collection can never be too vast. Shop Borsheims online or in-store today.