I wasn’t allowed to get my ears pierced until I turned sixteen. I pushed it every year from about eleven, but mum was unrelenting until my sixteenth birthday. So off I went, down to Birkenhead town centre where I winced inwardly while my ears were pierced for fear of looking as though I was regretting it already.
Every weekend thereafter was spent handing over my hard-earned babysitting cash on a variety – and quite a collection – of garish, cheap and FABULOUS dangly earrings.
As far as earrings are concerned, I’ve always gone big. Studs are actually only a recent thing (current obsession: these babies by Jessica De Lotz). I spent a few years wandering around in an earring-free desert, where I was more about a statement necklace and utterly convinced those much-wanted piercings had healed up.
But even now, I love nothing more on holiday than going make-up free, bar a red lip, my hair looped back in a bun wearing a pair of chandelier-style earrings.
And there’s one style that has remained the ultimate for me: the hoop.
The style signature of the gorgeous Sade (my ultimate hoop inspiration), worn by cool girls Salt n’ Pepa and brought back in the Noughties by the likes of Jennifer Lopez – large hooped earrings are having a renaissance.
They’re sometimes seen as trashy, but I prefer sexy, cool and a little bit badass. One thing’s for sure, they’re definitely not earrings for the meek (nor indeed, for those with small babies. Watch those lobes my friends).
And whether you’re a teenager teaming them with a check shirt and trainers, or a mum of two trying to channel her inner Dolce & Gabbana (ahem), there’s a style of hoop to suit.
Juliet Rowe, founder of jewellery brand Georgiana Scott, has recently launched The Hoop Station to cope with customer response. In fact, the rose gold style I’m wearing in the pictures are from there.
Juliet says: “I think hoops are a universal, ageless trend. When we launched The Hoop Station, it was to create a one-stop-hoop-shop, we knew that hoops were big but now demand has gone beyond our expectations.
“Now we stock every size of hoop imaginable from teeny sleepers through to extra large gypsy hoops in three colours, silver, yellow gold and rose gold.”
Like diamonds, hoops – it appears – are forever – so if you fancy a slice of the action, here are five of my favourites.
Top: Adara at Amazon Fashion | Middle: Rose gold by Melissa Odabash at John Lewis | Classic gold hoops by Dinny Hall at John Lewis | Bottom: Dipped enamel, Whistles | Diamante silver mix hoops, Autograph at Marks & Spencer