It’s no secret that, if you want to bring new life to an outfit and put together looks that make you feel extra confident, well chosen jewellery is key. With the right accessories, you can elevate items of clothing that you’ve had for years, add considered details to those recent purchases or create the perfect ensemble for a special occasion. Have a favourite t-shirt that could do with a refresh? Just bought a new suit that you’re not quite sure what to pair with? From dressing up to dressing down, experimenting with jewellery and playing with different combinations will have you looking and feeling your best.
Clothes and jewellery are not only personal, but impactful. Of course they can make you stand out in a crowd, but they can also give you a boost of self esteem and make you feel great. If you need an extra shot of confidence before a big meeting or a bit of courage for a date, jewellery could make all the difference. One of the simplest and most versatile types of jewellery to try out is earrings. They are comfortable, look gorgeous and are easy to ‘grab and go’ while you’re getting ready.
Our new collection of gold and silver hoop earrings has been designed with this ethos in mind. Alice and our studio team wanted earrings that could be worn everyday in the studio as much as to a party in the evening. Available in small and large hoop sizes, with a series of refined and geometric charms, these earrings aren’t made to be kept in a jewellery box. They are made to be worn, enjoyed and to add timeless details to your wardrobe for years to come, whatever your personal style.
With that in mind, we’ve pulled together our top tips for wearing our new hoop earrings. We hope this gives you some inspiration for wearing your new pieces your way, or gifting a pair to a loved one who you know would look amazing in them.
Go bold with big hoop earrings
Big hoop earrings will never go out of style. No matter if you are a lover of bright shades, or prefer a more monochrome palette, large hoops look fantastic with any colour combinations. They instantly add drama to even the most pared back of outfits, perfect for looking effortlessly chic. We love our Dot silver and gold large hoop earrings for throwing on with a simple pair of trousers and a blouse for work, or wearing with a tank top and jeans. Likewise, they look great with a bright jumper and a loose ponytail. A large hoop is all about femininity, confidence and power. For that outfit that needs an extra something, large hoops are the ultimate jewellery choice.
Get creative with clusters
Why wear one pair of earrings when you could wear three? Wearing your earrings as clusters is an easy way to create interest, contrasting different geometric charms, metals and sizes. Clusters of earrings work especially well with a selection of different hoops and a really simple outfit, with one or two colours and minimalist designs. You can stick to a circular theme and try out different sizes and materials, or you can introduce something more rigid like straight lines and graphic shapes. The key is to let the jewellery speak for itself. The Dot gold and silver hoop earrings are a wonderful choice here as they work beautifully with other earrings designs and will catch the eye, wherever the day takes you. Don’t be afraid to get creative, layering gold and silver together and combining different silhouettes.
Minimalism with mini hoops
Every wardrobe needs simple and minimalist jewellery that can work with any outfit. Those pieces that you know will look amazing and that you can rely on even in the biggest of rushes to get ready. Those pieces you don’t have to second guess – the true timeless classics. For us, mini hoop earrings, like our Eden gold hoop earrings, are just that. You can wear them to work as much as to a wedding, to a bar as much as around the house. If you’re wearing a simple jumper and jeans and want something to give you a little lift, these earrings will add the subtle statement you’re looking for. If you’re wearing a little black dress to a party and want jewellery that’s pared back and elegant, they’ll also do the trick. Mini hoops are the ultimate in versatile, everyday jewellery and we can’t get enough of them. Plus, the double hoop of the Edens creates a figure of eight or an infinity symbol silhouette which has a wonderful sense of balance. Just what you need when you want to feel empowered.
Earrings for everyday wear
Speaking of everyday jewellery, what if you are looking for something a little bigger? A bigger hoop doesn’t necessarily mean that you are being loud or overly bold. You can still look refined and more casual with a slightly larger hoop earring. We love the clean and honest design of our Dot silver and gold hoop earrings. With the juxtaposition between the silver and gold, and the precise circular silhouettes, these understated beauties go with absolutely anything. Want to accessorise the school run? Meeting a friend for lunch? Looking for a pair of earrings to work for the office? Whatever the occasion, these hoop earrings will see you through. They also work with any colour palette or skin tone which makes them the ultimate all rounder, perfect for gifting to your friends and family.
Dress up time!
Sometimes we just want to look and feel our total best. Whether it’s a cocktail party, a work do or a wedding, there are times when we want to dress up, rock that new outfit and wear jewellery that makes us feel unstoppable. Large hoop earrings are a failsafe option here. Hair up or hair down, evening dress or trouser suit, a large hoop is the perfect accompaniment for more formal dressing and will have you feeling strong and gorgeous. For years red carpets have seen large hoop earrings worn in all sorts of different ways, from the understated to the out there, by minor celebrities to full on A-listers, showing just how perfect they are for a formal occasion. Our favourite are the Dot gold and silver large hoop earrings - big, bright and beautiful.
A perfect alternative to lipstick
Traditionally the way to bring a bit of drama to an outfit, or make something casual feel more formal, has been with a touch of lipstick. A pop of colour and romance, lipstick has been a symbol of glamour and sophistication for decades. But what if jewellery could have the same effect? With a carefully chosen pair of hoop earrings, you can leave the lipstick at home and dress up a look with a striking piece of jewellery that you can wear and forget about. No need to reapply here! In the studio we are loving our Ava oversized hoop earrings. Not only does the large hoop command attention, but the geometric profiles and textures of the hanging charm do more than a splash of rouge ever could. Raw yet feminine, industrial yet soft, these hoops are the eye catcher you’ve been looking for this season.
Pair with hair
It can be difficult to find the perfect pair of earrings to go with a great hair style. Too noticeable and they detract from the effect of the hair do, but too small and they get lost. You need a pair of earrings that is just the right size and has just the right amount of detail to complement your look rather than battle against it. A pair of hoop earrings is ideal for this as they give volume and architecture without being too solid or overbearing. They are a great size without being too loud. The balance goes the other way too as you can pair your hair with your earrings to match and highlight your jewellery. The two can work in tandem, depending on which you choose as the basis for your look. Wear your hair up to show off the entire earrings or down to subtly add interest with your jewellery. For hair up or down, you can’t beat our Ava mini hoop earrings. The charm is tactile and strong, whereas the hoop is delicate and elegant, perfect for pairing with any hair style.
There are timeless pieces of jewellery that are made to be worn for years to come and to stay with you throughout the different stages of your life. However your style evolves and however your tastes change, if you find the right pair of hoop earrings then you will never fall out of love with them. They’ll always go with your favourite outfit and they’ll never lose their charm. Worn with a skirt and jumper or a pair of jeans, jacket and boots, a classic pair of hoop earrings will always work. The key is to stick to timeless materials, like silver and gold, with a design that doesn’t follow trends or fads, but relies on ageless design. We love the Juno silver and gold hoop earrings. Honest, refined and with a charm that has enough interest to be different, but without ever going out of style, these hoop earrings are effortlessly chic.
These types of earrings are also perfect for gifting. Whether you are shopping for a partner, a sister, a best friend or your mum, a timeless pair of hoops is a guaranteed winner. You can be sure that the earrings will suit them, you can be sure that they’ll be able to wear them with their favourite outfits and you can be sure that they’ll still love them even as their likes and dislikes evolve. A beautiful and meaningful gift that they’ll adore!
The details behind our hoop earrings
But, as well as how to wear them, what is the story behind our new collection of hoop earrings? At Alice Made This we understand the importance of provenance and sustainability when it comes to selecting the jewellery you wear, particularly if you are planning to own it and style it in all sorts of different ways for years to come. You want to be proud to wear your jewellery because it looks great, but also because it has its own ethical story to tell.
That’s why we only work with local makers and craftspeople who we have a solid relationship and understanding with. That way we can be sure the quality of the materials they use, the processes they work with and that they share the same values as we do – of local, honest and responsible.
This translates to our hoop earrings, along with all the pieces in our full collection of men and women’s jewellery. Made from 925 silver with a rhodium or a 24 carat gold vermeil finish, we work with our British Aerospace factory to create our hoop earrings. Each charm is expertly precision turned or milled in solid brass, before being hand polished and finished with a 24-carat gold vermeil or rhodium high quality finish. Combining engineering techniques with precise hand work, this collection truly celebrates local craftsmanship.
Not only do our hoop earrings encompass our signature design aesthetic, they also come in four versatile sizes, 14mm, 31mm, 45mm and 65mm, so you can choose the size and style to suit you. Whether you are gifting a pair to a loved one, or accessorising them in one of the ways that we’ve discussed above, you can choose a pair that will work with your wardrobe, your vibe and your personality. Most importantly, don’t worry about what anyone else thinks or how you think you should and shouldn’t style them. Find what feels right and wear them your way! It’s all about honing your own aesthetic.