Hoop earrings have been part of our decorative, style armor for decades. They speak to our refusal to blend in with the “mainstream,” our desire to stand out, and our need to proudly show off an accessory that is integral to our culture. We find them everywhere, from swap meets and flea markets to upscale, luxury jewelers. It is obvious that we simply love our hoops.
And we obviously can’t just have one or two pairs of hoops. No, we need an everyday pair, a special occasion hoop, an on-trend hoop, an extra AF hoop, and so on. We want them in gold, silver, and all the colors. We want them in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and finishes. We want them all. To help you continue to build you hoop earring library, we wanted to share our handy guide on where to get the best of the best. We are including stores, individual designers and brands, and of course, Latinx-created options. And, as with all our shopping guides, you’ll see links to instant shopping gratification.
You want to have a good number of hoops, with a balance between classic, elegant basics; fun, extra hoops; and those that dwell in that stylish middle ground. A pair of hoops that work as a neutral, classic piece, but also have something extra are these At the Cross earrings by Adrienne Bailon’s lines, XIXI. They’re a great way to showcase your faith, and also have a cool, vintage ’80s feel to them.
At the Cross Hoops, Available at shopxixicom, $30
Forever 21 is one of the go-to places to nab what is on-trend, and forever stylish (at ridiculously low prices). Like hoops in gold, silver, or rose gold. Where else can you get five pairs of hoop earrings for less than $10?! Added bonus? At that price, you’ll have money left over to also opt for one of their more trendy options that you won’t feel guilty spending money on.
Hoop Earring Set, Available at forever21.com, $5.99
Tiffany & Co.
Hoops are an investment piece, so don’t feel guilty about making an investment in them! Nothing says timeless girly glam like Tiffany, and we found a pair of Tiffany hoops that will shine in your collection. The sterling silver earrings are stamped with the year the brand was founded, 1837, the T&Co stamp, and the sterling silver 925 stamp. Que fancy. They’re earrings you can wear for a lifetime.
Tiffany 1837 Hoop Earrings, Available at tiffany.com, $350
Chances are, you already have a pair (or several) of classic hoops in all the sizes you prefer. What’s fun, now, is to buy cool new versions that keep your hoop collection fresh, on-trend, and cool. These hoops by Mejuri, available in sterling silver or gold vermeil, give you both a hoop earring, and a drop earring in one, and has a style that is fashionable but in an effortless way.
Trio Hoops, Available at mejuri.com, $70
Honey B Gold
You can always count on Latinx-owned brand Honey B Gold to supply those extra hoops with cool detail and chola flair. We particularly love these ones, festooned with beautiful roses, thorns, and leaves. It’s just the right amount of oomph to set your hoops apart, managing to look both feminine and tough. And, these 2.75″ beauties are also 14k gold plated, so you can rock them para siempre.
Sweet Rose Hoops, Available at honeybgold.bigcartel.com, $42
Whether you want a set of three pairs of sterling silver hoops for under $15, or the wildest trends that are happening right now, Claire’s is another go-to, super affordable stop at the mall. Everything is so inexpensive yet stylish, and they often have items on sale, or as part of a “buy a certain number of items, get one free” deal. These neon green hoops (on sale) are perfect to partake in 2020’s neon green trend.
Nordstrom is the place to shop for on-trend and classic pieces at a variety of price points. If you truly want to splurge on a pair that you can wear again and again, but that offer a cool two-toned (sterling silver and 18k gold), studded detail, then LAGOS’ Signature Caviar hoops are perfect. They are timeless, but also have a street-chic edge that will instantly and stylishly elevate a white tee and jeans.
LAGOS Signature Caviar Hoop Earrings, Available at nordstrom.com, $1,250
Etsy is a virtual rabbit hole, where you will be able to find so many different hoop earrings. There will be several options in terms of style and price point, and the added bonus is that everything is handmade and/or vintage. When you buy from Etsy, you are not only getting dope hoops, but supporting someone’s small business dream. We love these cool earrings from Atrio, with are lined with historic tile from Convento de Nossa Senhora da Graça or Meninos de Graca, in Evora, Portugal.
Atrio Tile Blue Portugal Stainless Steel Hoops, Available at etsy.com, $49.50
Target is a dangerous place–you go in there and automatically part with your money when you see all the fabulous, on-trend clothing and accessories in stock. There is no short supply of jewelry you want to snatch up, including a healthy number of hoops. Within the store’s offerings is a collaboration with BaubleBar called SUGARFIX by BaubleBar. It’s jewelry is what you go for when you want fun, trendy accessories that will give all your outfits a pop of interest. Like these chic pearl and gold huggie hoops.
SUGARFIX by BaubleBar Delicate Huggie Hoop Earring Set, Available at target.com, $14.99
You’ve probably heard of the iconic Cartier LOVE Bracelets, symbols of love that can only be removed by using a special screwdriver. But did you know that the LOVE line also includes hoop earrings?! Available in two different sizes, these are a luxe, cool, and forever investment worth adding to your jewelry box.
LOVE Earrings, Available at cartier.com, $3, 750
Jewelry is very personal. It reflects your style, personality, and who you are. In the case of these Bella Doña hoops, they also represent where you’re from (or where you are). You can get these dope 3″ 14k gold plated bamboo hoops with the area code that resides in your heart (made in mirrored acrylic). Customizable jewelry like this allows you to get something that really speaks to you.
Available at bella-dona.com, $50
NOVICA’s mission is “to spread happiness by celebrating exploration, empowering artists, and preserving global culture.” So, not only do you get beautiful and unique handmade items items from around the world, but you are directly benifitting the artisans and keeping their craft alive. These amazing statement hoops are made by Peruvian artisan Jocelyn Schreiber, and are made from sterling silver with an 18k gold bath.
JCPenney is another store that is always having great sales and unbelievable deals. You can invest in hoops with diamonds, semi precious stones, or in gold (and more), with all sorts of patterns and styles. These fab 14k gold hoops are almost $900 retail, and you can nab them for under $250.
Among the plethora of shopping cart-worthy earrings we found on fashionable Shopbop were these cool Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry Elmar Earrings. Small elegant hoops are taken to another level with the addition of some layered chain.
Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry Elmar Earrings, Available at shopbop.com, $99
With a name like “Everybody’s Favorite Hoop Earrings,” you know these Brazilian-made accessories are great. They measure 2.5″, are handbrushed, are waterproof, and have been created to withstand the elements (humidity, salt, sun, waves, etc.). Added bonus? The celeb-worn earrings are available in 14 different metal options.
Everybody’s Favorite Hoop Earrings, Available at shop.sheila.fajlcom, $73
Not all hoops have to be classic gold ones. Sometimes we want to rock out-of-the-box, super ornate options. Katherine Cordero’s Gamma Hoops are so dramatic in the best way possible, dripping with both feminine glitz and glam.
Gamma Hoops, Available at katherinecordero.com, $250
Hija de tu Madre
You know you’re a jefa—why not instantly tell the rest of the world? Hija de tu Madre is the leader on repping the jefa lifestyle, and these Jefa Hoops are just one of many boss-lady-themed items you can get from Patty Delgado’s Chicanx-owned, Latinx brand.
Available at hijadetumadre.com, $58
These cool hoops by Miski Metals manage to look both Indigenous and futuristic at the same time. Made from clear acrylic, their pattern is inspired by “traditional Aymara pottery designs.” These earrings are a great neutral—yet elevated—accessory, a definite conversation starter.
Aymara Hoops, Available at etsy.com, $35-$40
Kenneth Jay Lane, Cult Gaia, Oscar de la Renta. These are only three of the posh brands you can shop on NET-A-PORTER for jewelry-box worthy hoops. We instantly gravitated to these glam Versace earrings, complete with Greek key pattern and those iconic Versace Medusa heads.
Versace Gold-tone hoop earrings, Available at net-a-porter.com, $425
Luni Soundwave Brass Hoops
Luni makes these super cool earrings that feature an “organic sound wave design.” The handmade brass hoops are 2″ in width, 2 1/2″ in length, and feature sterling silver posts. They’re a great alternative to regular hoops when you want something unique yet classic.
Available at luni.style, $45
Not all hoops have to be big and bold and emblazoned with words. Sometimes a more natural, earthy approach is perfect. Like these Sui Generis Jewelry hammered hoops. The effect is elegant, a bit boho, and perfectly imperfect. Added bonus? Proceeds from the sale of Generis Jewelry go towards PhunDed, a scholarship for first-generation PhDs.
Available at etsy.com, $35.50
Mission Native Apparel
Part of being Latinx is being proud of where you came from. Of being an orgullosa barrio babe. Mission Native Apparel’s Barrio Babe Hoops allow Latinxs from all over to rep their hoods and themselves.
Available via DM (payment by Venmo) , $40
QUETZAL Boutique Citlalli Filigree Style Hoops
QUETZAL has several great Latinx-themed items. One is these Citlalli Filigree Style Hoops. These stunners pack so much beautiful, ornate detail into a hoop design, and at a variety of price points, and options in sterling silver, 14k gold, or 18k gold, you can go relatively affordable up to luxe.
Available at quetzalboutique.com, $55-$895
Ana Luisa makes its jewelry with 100% recycled gold, sustainably grown diamonds, and uses transparent pricing, proving that beautiful jewelry doesn’t have to have a negative backstory. We particularly were drawn to these beautifully artsy, gold-plated, mismatched Sekai hoops.
Mismatch Sekai, Available at analuisa.com, $75
Hoops are trending for 2020, although we’ve been wearing them for decades (they’re a forever trend for us!). But, luckily, this means that you’ll be seeing even more stylish options to shop, including at Amazon, where the options seem endless. We especially like that you can get a ton of earrings in bulk from sellers for a steal, like these super cute acrylic resin tortoiseshell earrings, at less than $12 for four pairs.
Jetec Acrylic Resin Earrings, Available at amazon.com, $10.99