All in the Details

How to Wear Drop Earrings and Hoops for Every Occasion

by Laura Lajiness


Polished women know that no outfit is complete without one crucial accessory: earrings. If you’re going for a sleek and modern look, hoop and drop earrings, in particular, are the styles du jour. So, it’s important to know how to wear drop earrings and hoops for every occasion, whether you’re going casual-chic for brunch, dressing up for a special event, or adding that final touch of polish to a sophisticated suit at work.

Ahead, we offer our tips for pairing these earrings with every outfit in your wardrobe. Plus, we’re spotlighting the modern styles worth adding to your closet right now.

1. Sleek and Simple

Without a doubt, the most versatile hoop earring out there is a sleek and simple open hoop design. Not too delicate and not too oversized, this modern earring looks as elegant with T-shirts and jeans as it does with a suit, sheath dress, or blazer at the office. There’s truly no occasion off limits for this hoop, thanks to the minimal silhouette. It’s also a great style to try if you’re new to hoops and accustomed to wearing small studs or delicate drop earrings, as it’s a touch more playful but not as showy as a glitzy chandelier.

Gold hoop earrings

2. Modern Pearls

When figuring out how to wear drop earrings, a thoughtful approach would be to look to the current trends, and this season, modern pearls are a winning style. The perfect earring for those with classic tastes, new takes on the pearl are a bit more sculptural and less buttoned-up; rather than perfect spheres, natural baroque pearls are the look right now, often set in contrast with abstract metal shapes for an ultra-fresh effect with movement. Try a drop style as a fresh offset to smart dresses and tailored outfits at work. Or, pair them with a feminine blouse and jeans for a date or casual occasion.

Pearl drop earrings

3. Classic with a Twist

If you routinely find yourself drawn to similar hoops and drop earrings each season, a classic-with-a-twist style is a perfect way to liven up your collection. In a sleek silhouette, this type of earring feels fresh without skewing trendy, which means it can be worn with anything in your wardrobe, from multi-purpose dresses to smart suiting and top-and-jean outfits. With that element of uniqueness, it makes simple outfits stand out while being pared back enough to feel harmonious with statement pieces.

Twisted Gold Hoop Earrings

4. Refined Sparkle

When considering how to wear drop earrings or hoops for an evening occasion, the fail-safe answer is a delicate option with a touch of sparkle. From dinner dates to black-tie events, nothing reads as elegant and eye-catching as a dainty earring dusted with crystals. If you’re feeling particularly glamorous, add in a dazzling ring or cocktail necklace to really shine.

Gold Crystal Pave Hoop Earrings

Featured in this article:

Large Open Hoop Earrings, $25

Glass Pearl Drop Earrings, $30

Twisted Oval Hoop Earrings, $25

Crystal Double Pave Hoop Earrings, $30

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