Hoop earrings used to be my thing. I started wearing them freshman year of college, just before The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
came out. I remember that tiny detail because when the former Fugee’s album dropped and she suddenly was everywhere
, I remember thinking, Hey. Lauryn Hill stole my look.
Lauryn always had on a pair of sweet hoop earrings and, of course, she had been wearing them a lot longer than me. I started out smallish at first, with hoops that were under an inch in diameter. But like penis size, I began to believe, “The bigger the better.” By the time I graduated, my signature hoops were 3-inches across and I could fit my fist through them. They were hot.
I haven’t worn hoops with as much frequency in recent years, and I’m not sure why. On last night’s finale of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” NeNe Leakes was seen wearing a couple different pairs of awesome hoops and I realized that 2011 is the year I need to take the hoop earring back. Hoops, I have missed you. Let’s get back together. Here are 10 pairs of awesome hoops I found — feel free to join me in my reunion.