Last year, I declared that big hoop earrings were due for a comeback after the fashion-world frenzy for ear cuffs, ear climbers, earring jackets, “front-back” earrings and mismatched studs. About the latter style, I said, “This look has fashion editors hitting the piercing parlors so they can load up on more studs.” Today, multiple ear piercings are still going so strong that what used to signify rebellion has become pretty basic, and I always keep in mind what Valerie Steele, the director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, said when I interviewed her for my 2013 Huffington Post story on the surprisingly long life of fashion trends: “When you reach the maximum of whatever it is, the height of your mini or the height of your heel, the pendulum will swing and it will move to something else.”
Sure enough, last Thursday, Erica Blumenthal of the New York Times wrote, “Now that you’ve pierced your ears all the way up the lobe and amassed a collection of tiny personal studs, it turns out that big is back in earrings.” She added, “The most classic way to get in the game is with hoops.”
Sadly, she didn’t include my 2″ hoop earrings in her list of suggestions, so here they are! I’ve got my barbed wire hoops in 18K yellow gold with diamonds …
… and platinum and diamonds.
For bargain hunters, I have ONE pair of silver hoops that were done as a sample for the gold and platinum versions. They’re slightly different from what you see above as far as the closure goes, and they’re not on my website. If you’re interested in buying them for $600, email me at info at wendybrandes dot com and I’ll hook you up.
Of course, you don’t have to get rid of all those single studs that I’ve been selling you since 2012. The Times says, “…take advantage of any single earrings by mixing and matching.” And as I pointed out in my Huffington Post trend piece, plenty of trends exist, and co-exist, for a decade, so mix everything together. Meanwhile, if you’ve become addicted to piercings and your ears are out of fresh territory, the delicate septum piercing is still gathering steam among the très chic peeps. I predict septum jewels won’t be totally standard till next summer or fall. Yep, I have a vision of getting one myself next September, right in time for a New York Times story on middle-aged ladies wearing nose jewelry!
Jacqueline Zenn says
I’ve always loved and worn big hoop earrings (I’m 32, if that matters).
And I vote for belly button piercings being the next new thing – I still need to get mine redone!
Hoops have definitely never disappeared but it’s like the red lipstick thing. Sometimes alllll the people are obsessed and sometimes it’s the people with classic taste doing it.
I’m predicting a few more years for a resurgence in navel piercings. I think we’re all going to do nipple piercings first!