Hoop Dreams

Fashion's most interchangeable accessory transcends the perfect circle.
hoopdreams_openMaybe it's the free-spirited, less-is-more vibe of summer that's come over us, but swapping out stone studs and swishy chandeliers for a clean, classic pair of hoops just feels right. Having dug up our own no-nonsense pairs from way back when, we also did some digging through a new generation of hoop dreams.
No longer just a perfect circle, the summer's smartest earrings are sparked with subtle flourishes, some whimsical, some harder-edged. Our favorites span the gamut, from Elizabeth Yarborough's hippier, feather-fringed half-hoop ($160) to the more serious Emerald hoop by British jeweler Lara Bohinc, who dabbles with clean geometrics (about $270). Here, we've gathered more than just a well-rounded assortment of the hoops to have right now.
1. Karen Karch—Vine Hoops
$1,500, available at Karen Karch, 240 Mulberry Street, 212-965-9699. For more information, go to www.karenkarch.com
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2. Yarborough Jewelry—Peacock Hoops
$160, special order through www.yarboroughjewelry.com
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3. Lisa Levine—Half-Looped Hoops
$105, available at www.lisalevinejewelry.com
4. Bing Bang—Hammered Hoops
$150, available at www.bingbangonline.com
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5. Philip Crangi for Giles & Brother—Rope Hoops
$65, available at Electric Ladyland, 866-948-9341. For more information, go to www.gilesandbrother.com
6. Pade Vavra—Thorn Hoops
$1,500, available at Kaviar & Kind (by appointment only), 8533 Sunset Boulevard, 310-659-9523. For more information, go to www.padevavra.com
7. Lara Bohinc—Emerald Hoops
Approximately $267, available on request in New York at Cornelia Boutique, 663 Fifth Avenue (at 52nd Street), 212-871-3059 and in Los Angeles at Curve, 154 North Robertson, 310-360-8008. For more information, go to www.larabohinc107.co.uk
—Christene Barberich & Piera Gelardi
Fashion's most interchangeable accessory transcends the perfect circle.
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