Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hoop Dreams

Trends come and go, that's why I try stick to classic pieces that will endure season after season. No one wants to look back at photos and immediately identify the year it was taken based on what you're wearing.

However, after a recent chit-chat with a couple of friends, I'm starting to question whether one of my most beloved "quintessential" accessories is as  "timeless" as I thought.

As I reached to adorn my ears with a pair of thin, 14K gold medium-size hoops, a couple of my fashionista friends quickly quipped, "Please tell me you're not wearing those 'J. Lo' earrings circa 2001."

Never one to take people's fashion opinions too seriously, I defended my accessorizing decision and went on my way. While I'm a fan of studs too, I will never give up the occasional hoop.

Check out a few BGs who apparently like jumping through hoops too:

Tracee Ellis Ross & Lauren London

Jada Pinkett-Smith

Gabrielle Union


Oprah Winfrey 

 Halle Berry

What do you guys think? Are hoops timeless or have their run their course? Do you opt for more subdued styles such as studs? What are some of your favorite classic pieces? 


Nerd Girl said...

Team hoops! Love them. For years that's the only style I'd wear. Unfortunately, I've lost every single real pair I own and have yet to purchase a new pair.

I've had a ball trying out new styles and am currently loving dangly beaded numbers.

hiphopmuse said...

Hoop earrings are timeless, classic, and go with nearly everything. I don't think the "J.Lo earrings" comment is a bad thing, Jennifer Lopez is super stylish!

Brown Girl Gumbo said...

@Nerd Girl - I've lost so many pairs too! I Definitely feel your pain!! GLad to see you're on Team Hoops.

@Hiphopmuse - Oh they definitely meant it in a bad way. I forgot to add that they said "J.Lo from like 2001!!!" Meaning that they're dated. ahahaha

Brown Girl Gumbo said...

@Hiphopmuse - Oh I forgot to add that I think Jennifer Lopez is a style maven too. :-) But again, they meant it in a negative way.

Anonymous said...

I think hoops are timeless. I wear them occasionally but mostly I stick to studs because they are easier to deal with. (laziness! lol)

Brown Girl Gumbo said...

I thought I'd update and tell you guys that my hubby bought me a new pair of gold hoops for Christmas! I absolutely love them. Whether people think they're in style or not - I adore hoops! To me, they're timeless.

MochaBelle said...

A great pair of hoops is to your jewelry collection as the LBD is to your wardrobe..essential. I love the versatility of hoops and they are truly one of the classic pieces that women of any age can wear to complete their look.

Brown Girl Gumbo said...

@MochaBelle - I couldn't agree more!