The 18 Best Chunky Hoop Earrings

Jewelry experts call the accessory the "superhero" of earrings.

Photo collage of women wearing chunky hoop earrings with earrings from Jenny Bird and Missoma overlaid on a pink and blue paint splatter background
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A pair of hoop earrings is an accessory staple that will never go out of style. Hoop earrings of all kinds (small, medium, large, slim, and chunky hoops) have survived the test of time—they were popularly worn by the ancient Egyptians—but have seamlessly adapted themselves to modern-day style with a dedicated celebrity and fashion following, from Sharon Tate and Diana Ross to Rihanna and Hailey Bieber. Spot a celebrity, and you'll likely find a classic hoop earring offers the finishing touch to their outfit. But like most fashion and jewelry trends, hoop earrings have also evolved over their time in the spotlight. The simple, thin hoops of decades past are now being offered in weightier, chunky hoop styles.  

As a fashion writer who wears chunky hoops weekly, I have strong feelings about the accessory and its power to transform a look—and so do jewelry experts, who confirm that a fresh pair of chunky hoops will be a welcome addition to your jewelry box.

a guest wear chunky hoop earrings, sunglasses, and a grey blazer at fashion week

A Spring/Summer 2024 Fashion Week guest shows how well chunky hoops pair with an oversized blazer.

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According to jewelry and hoop expert Jenny Bird, Founder and Creative Director of her eponymous hoop-focused jewelry brand, this shift in a preference for chunky hoop earrings was most noticeable in early 2021 when interior design and fashion trends favored volume and curves. “A preference in voluminous clothing called for [jewelry designers] to move away from daintier chain necklaces and bracelets and, instead, pivot towards weightier styles, like chunky hoop earrings," Bird explains to Marie Claire

Jennifer Shanker, founder and CEO of jewelry retailer MUSE x MUSE, refers to chunky hoops as the "superhero" of earrings thanks to their ability to save an outfit. "Their larger-than-life presence adds an instant dose of sass and style, making them the go-to accessory for anyone looking to turn heads and make a statement without saying a word," she notes. Laura Freedman, Founder of Broken English Jewelry, can attest to chunky hoops' versatility. "The good thing about a chunky hoop is that you can wear it with just about anything—casual to dressy, day to night," she explains. The experts agree; look no further than chunky hoops for instant elevation. 

Ahead, Marie Claire and our jewelry experts rounded up the best chunky hoop earrings, from everyday gold hoops to statement-making oversized styles. There's a pair of chunky hoops to meet every budget and style. 

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Meet the Experts

Photo of Jenny Bird in sunglasses in yellow suit
Jenny Bird

Jenny is the founder and creative director of her eponymous jewelry brand. A self-taught designer, she started her label with handbags, then applied her modern approach to creating jewelry in 2010, and later to sunglasses in 2022. Her creations emanate from her ability to plug into the zeitgeist and deliver collections that are “in the know”.

Jennifer shanker headshot, founder of musexmuse
Jennifer Shanker

Jennifer is the founder and CEO of MUSE, with over 20 years of experience in the fine jewelry industry. She is one of a select group chosen to sit on the advisory council of the Couture jewelry show's exhibitor committee and was recently appointed to the Couture Diversity Action Council, lending her considerable expertise to affect substantive, foundational, and sustainable changes within the jewelry industry. Jennifer’s most defining asset and accolade, however, is something far more intrinsic: a discerning eye. Her eye for good taste and great style informs the unique mix of brands at MUSE’s store in the West Village, not to mention the strategy behind MUSE’s wildly popular Instagram account run by Jennifer herself. Her eye for identifying “win-win” community-driven opportunities led her to create Have a Heart, MUSE’s renowned philanthropic initiative that has raised tens of thousands for numerous non-profit organizations. And perhaps most importantly, her eye for talent has shaped MUSE’s unparalleled client roster of cutting- edge independent jewelry designers including Bea Bongiasca, Nikos Koulis, and Silvia Furmanovich.

Laura Freedman headshot, founder of broken english jewelry
Laura Freedman

Laura developed the eclectic aesthetic that informs her uniquely curated selection of contemporary and vintage jewels from a very early age. Her childhood was divided between the glamour of Las Vegas, where her mother was a showgirl, and the wild beauty of the Zion National Park, where she would spend hours hunting for arrowheads and geodes. "Both places had a hand in sculpting my appreciation for jewelry and gemstones.”With a vision to create a store that felt like an extension of her own home, Laura’s jewel-box boutique quickly grew to include multiple retail locations and a dreamy digital platform, inviting jewelry lovers to explore and shop from the most prestigious collections in the world, from anywhere in the world.

Brooke Knappenberger
Associate Commerce Editor

Brooke Knappenberger is the Associate Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she writes across the board from fashion and beauty to books and celebrities. As a pop culture junkie, Brooke obsessively consumes and writes about the latest movie releases, streaming TV shows, and celebrity scandals. She has over three years of experience writing on fashion, beauty, and entertainment and her work has appeared on Looper, NickiSwift, The Sun US, and Vox Magazine of Columbia, Missouri. Brooke obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism with an emphasis on Magazine Editing and has a minor in Textile and Apparel Management.