Gosh, hoop earrings. Such a simple but divisive bit of jewellery. They can be huge, they can be subtle, they can be chic or they can be…..less chic.
But I know one thing with absolute certainty, I love a good pair of hoops.
So why have I not been bloody well wearing them for a good few years then?
It’s a stupid thing to complain about but it’s the fault of my very favourite necklace. The necklace that ST bought me for our first Christmas together which I haven’t taken off since. The necklace is silver and I had, until receiving it, worn solely gold jewellery. Blame J.Lo and my desperate bid to be a real life Spanish gypsy, but all my jewellery – exquisite oversized hoops included – were always gold.
When I received the necklace I pretty much stopped wearing earrings altogether, but over the last couple of years I’ve built up a teeny collection of silver earrings that I adore.
But I still didn’t have any hoops.
Hoops are gold! They have to be gold! THAT’S JUST THE HOOPY RULE!
Luckily for me I have since learnt that hoops do not need to be gold and they can actually be quite lovely in silver. A trip to Dinny Hall’s Notting Hill store earlier this week confirmed this.
There’s a reason Dinny is hailed as the Queen of Hoops (I want an accolade like that) and I love how modern the brand feels, despite having been around more than 30 years. It’s a London born brand (Dinny’s entire Central Saint Martin’s graduation collection was bought by Liberty in 1984, how’s that for a start to your career?!) but the collections are inspired by every corner of the world. And 30 years on, Dinny is still personally involved in every one of her pieces from sketch to store. In fact she was in the workshop when I visited the store on Wednesday, designing a bespoke piece for a client with the most fabulous ruby. Oh to spend every day surrounded by jewels!
I could have walked out of the store with enough silver hoops to last a lifetime, but I chose instead to start small (relative to the size I once wore, anyway!) with Dinny’s stunning Wave hoop…
Small Wave Hoop. £120. Here.
I am wearing them as I type this and I can’t believe how much I’m *enjoying* wearing them. Maybe it’s a heavy dose of nostalgia, but I just feel really womanly when I wear hoops. There’s something sexy about them, I think, and there is that little touch of gypsy magic which I can’t deny being a huge fan of. I can see myself going from this dainty pair to full on Esmerelda swingers in a matter of weeks.
The next pair I have my eye on?
Dinny’s large bamboo style…
Heck, I’ve even made a Pinterest board of hoopy chicas to remind me of the power of hoops…
Follow Poppy Dinsey’s board Girls in Hoops on Pinterest.
I do recommend a trip to Dinny’s Notting Hill or Islington stores if you’re ever nearby. I’d admired the collections from afar online but it’s not the same as seeing the gorgeous pieces in person. And I love how jewellery stores just seem to be lit in that clever way that makes everything SO SHINY. They clearly have magical light bulbs to make everything that bit more covetable.
Funnily enough, since tweeting that I visited Dinny Hall on Wednesday three different brands have emailed me press releases about hoop earrings. None were as nice as Dinny’s (no offence, PRs in question) but maybe something hoopy is afoot.
Do you hoop? I’m going to hoop more.
This is the start of something, I can tell.