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I Will in My Hoop: The Case For & Against Hoopy Earrings

Blogger Katie Healy detests hoop earrings while Kirstie loves 'em. We do battle with our opposing views
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By Frillseeker @frillseeker

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 12:30

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Kirstie wearing hoops

THE CASE FOR YES

Frillseeker's Kirstie takes up the challenge

"I love hoops. LOVE 'em. They are hands down my favourite earring type and I've been wearing them for donkeys years. I've tried 'em all: huge, massive ones. Fat ones, thin ones, chavvy Lily Allen ones (not a success) but always in gold-coloured metal.

"Let me disabuse you of something: I never spend money on them. My hoops, because I leave them down places, forget them in hotels, spray them with perfume and hairspray and otherwise mistreat them, are almost always €5.99 Freedom from Topshop specials. If I had pricey ones I'd just loose them, and although I did flirt for five minutes with the idea of buying some for 'good' in actual gold, I disabused myself of that notion sharpish.

"Hoops suit me because I most often wear my hair up and they frame my face. While I own many a statement chandelier, I just wear gold circles by default. They're 'my earring'. I'm a less gaudy dresser than I used to be but I believe my initial reason for wearing them was because they didn't fight with anything else I was wearing: if I'm wearing a bright top and big neckpiece, then I'm not gonna lay on the ear-jewels too.

"In fact, Frillseekers, you could say hoops are practically a neutral. Practically."

Katie Healy

THE CASE FOR NO

Katie Healy, from What Katie Healy Did, tells us why she hates the hoop

"I never wear hoops. It’s totally personal, I simply feel they look silly on me. I cant get it right, anytime I tried, I either went too small or too big. I’ve yet to find a size that would look okay on me. Its a pain in the hoop and I detest the things.

"My dislike probably stems back to my youth. I was too afraid to pierce both ears and while I was plucking up the courage to get my second lobe pierced I thought it would be cool to try aim for the Esmerelda look, you know the beautiful gypsy from The Hunchback of Notre Dame? I popped in a golden hoop and thought I was the bees knees. Children can be so cruel.

"Writing this I have come to realize that nine times out of ten, it's the wearer the fault lies with, myself included:

  • People with tiny heads opting for hoops so big they bang off her shoulders and skew to the side.
  • Wearing thick, heavy loops causing lobes droop so much ears look like The Scream.
  • People who cover their entire ear in tiny to huge hoops. Obnoxious.
  • Large-lobed people squeezing on tiny hoops, creating a look I like to call ‘arse ear’. 
  • Wearing hair down with hooped earrings, especially ones with detail that dangles - a mess of matted hair and glass beads.
  • Heart shaped golden hoops. I’ve yet to meet an ear they flattered.
  • Mid sized hoops ... hey are just so indifferent it angers me.

"I could go on ... If you can make them work, go for it! Just don’t expect to see me rocking a pair anytime soon."

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Emma Henderson said...

Practically a neutral. I love you Kirstie.

You rock too, Katie, but Kirstie has me convinced. Hoop me up!

At 12.34pm on October 31, 2013
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Shygirl said...

Where did you get your necklace. Me likey.

At 2.31pm on October 31, 2013
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Chanelfreak said...

I have this exact necklace! River Island at it's finest :) And am also chuffed that I have same necklace as Kirstie - I might be a little bit cool now after all!

At 3.12pm on October 31, 2013
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Shygirl said...

Oh I just found it on the website! Yay!

At 3.18pm on October 31, 2013
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Kirstie McDermott said...

Sorry I never got a chance to answer you - I was in a meeting all day. But yes, River Island.
At 9.29am on November 1, 2013
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LoNiCho said...

Bualadh bos Kirstie rock your hoops.
I would if I could but they just look dreadful on me.
The only earrings I wear are studs, but I dream of wearing hoops and great big chandelier earrings.

At 4.44pm on October 31, 2013
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YourBeauty said...

I say no to hoops, at least for myself. My face looks so small with hoops and screams euro trash, just no!

At 5.38pm on October 31, 2013
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Kirstie McDermott said...

Katie's piece made me laugh so hard. Thanks so much for doing it missis!
At 7.26pm on October 31, 2013
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Emma Henderson said...

I know! 'Mid sized hoops ... hey are just so indifferent it angers me." Brilliant!

At 9.24am on November 1, 2013
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Regina said...

"Arse ear" = LOLOLOLOL.

I used to think all hoops looked skangery and I still think the really big ones do (except on the lovely Kirstie) but the smaller hoops look really nice on some ladies!

JJ from Criminal Minds inspired me to buy my first pair of hoop earrings last year. They're silver, twisted metal, quite thin and not too big. No gold for me, but gold jewellery in general is not for me!

At 10.05pm on October 31, 2013
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FitznBitz said...

For some reason I would only ever wear hoops with my hair down. I think they can look a bit OTT/Gypsy looking with the hair up for day to day wear

Ps. LOLzers at the pics - brill!

At 11.26am on November 1, 2013
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Lurganista said...

I'm with Kirstie, I love a messy high bun and some cheap gold hoops like Jennifer Lopez *dreams of Latina skin*
Totes know they can be OTT if too big Miss Katie xx

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