Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about the resurgence of ‘90s style, and the fashion world’s obsession with the decade is still at a fever pitch. Not that we’re complaining: though we’ve mined the era for a handful of clothing trends (like the shirt-tied-around-the-waist look), today’s story focuses on a bauble that enjoyed its heyday in the ‘90s. We’re referring to none other than hoop earrings, which are making a comeback among celebrities like Ashley Madekwe, Camilla Belle, and Rihanna. Whether simple and classic or bejeweled and bright, these delicate pieces help frame your face for a flattering and youthful effect. Keep reading to see who’s been wearing hoops, and make sure to check out our picks below.
WHO: Diane Kruger
WHAT: Attending The Host book signing at Barnes & Noble in Los Angeles.
WEAR: Her own gold hoop earrings.
WHY: A pair of classic gold hoops offer a ladylike touch and pair well with everything.
WHO: Camilla Belle
WHAT: Attending Cotton’s 24-Hour Runway Show in Miami.
WEAR: Her own earrings purchased in Brazil.
WHY: A sleek, polished ponytail ensures your hoop earrings stand out.
WHAT: Throwing an after-party for the launch of her Rihanna For River Island collection earlier this month.
WEAR: Gogo Philip Small Bamboo Hoops ($13).
WHY: Thick gold hoops make a bold and attention-grabbing statement.
WHO: Zoe Saldana
WHAT: Spotted at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles.
WEAR: Tiffany & Co. Tiffany Twist Hoop Earrings ($675).
WHY: A pair of ridged hoops lends a hint of textural intrigue to your overall look.
WHO: Melanie Laurent
WHAT: Photographed at the Christian Dior F/W 13 runway show in Paris.
WEAR: Silver hoops.
WHY: Jagged, branch-inspired edges give a sculptural spin to these hoop earrings.
WHO: Ashley Madekwe
WHAT: Feting the launch of Bravo’s show The Dukes of Melrose last month.
WEAR: Sethi Couture White Gold Micro Prong Diamond Hoop Earrings ($4600).
WHY: Silver hoops offer a refreshing departure from typical gold earrings.
No matter what your sensibilities are—or your budget—there’s a pair of face-framing hoops for you.
Classic Hoop earrings that work for your everyday repertoire are a must-have. Look for ones with timeless appeal, such as Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry’s Small Hoop Earrings ($99), which are simple enough for the workplace, or Michael Kors’ dainty Pave Hoop Earrings ($145) to add understated sparkle to your day-to-night look.
Dramatic Venture a little outside your comfort zone and opt for an eye-catching pair at your next GNO or after-hours party. Topshop’s embellished Friendship Rhinestone Earrings ($28) will instantly electrify your going-out ensemble with color. Another stunning pick? Bidermann’s engraved Surfing Mimosa Gold-Plated Hoop Earrings ($410), which would look elegant with your prettiest cocktail dress.
Photos of Camilla Belle, Rihanna, Diane Kruger, Melanie Laurent, and Zoe Saldana, courtesy of Getty Images; photo of Ashley Madekwe, courtesy of StarTraks Photo.