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Glossary: Huggie Hoop Earrings: What They Are & How To Wear Them

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What Are Huggie Hoop Earrings?

Attractive, versatile and easy to wear, huggie earrings have become a growing force in the jewelry world. Also known as huggie hoops, these fun, beautiful accessories are a type of hoop earring that sits snugly against the earlobe or other chosen location, such as the helix. Here’s everything you need to know about this increasingly popular jewelry trend. 

How to Wear Huggie Earrings

The huggie name comes from its thick, small, click-into-place design that literally hugs the ear. Most styles are designed with hinged or lever back (latch) closings that provide a more comfortable feel.

Most people wear a single pair of huggies for a minimal, understated look, but they can also be stacked with various other ear piercings for more of a layered look. Usually worn in the ear lobe, these earrings can also be used in the helix (located at the top of the ear), the tragus (situated at the front of the ear canal), or in the top front part of the ear, known as the forward helix. 

Benefits of a Huggie Earring

If you have long hair, you’ve likely dealt with the frustration of having your hair knotted up around earring backings. This is never a problem with huggie earrings. 
Instead of backings, huggies include hinges at the bottom, and the post is locked at the back of the hoop. There’s backing required to safely hold the huggies on the ear. If you’re not sure how to put on huggie earrings, the process is completely intuitive: You know the earring is securely fastened when the bottom hoop clicks in place.

These earrings also have a clean, seamless design compared to other hoop earrings on the market, which tend to include visible hoops at the top near the piercing hole. Huggies are also especially versatile, telephone-friendly and come in a variety of contemporary styles that include all sorts of precious metals and colorful gemstones. 

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Huggie earrings have grown in popularity because they can be adapted easily to suit any individual style. One of the reasons these accessories have become so popular is because their versatility allows them to suit a range of fashion styles, from casual and simple to elegant and bold.

Another big advantage is that they don’t really require any sort of risky or complex piercing holes when worn on the lobe or in a similarly simple location. The simplicity and accessibility are attractive to casual piercers, as well as more fanatical piercers who want beautiful ‘filler’ or complementary pieces.

Huggies vs. Hoops: Differences and Similarities

Worn for centuries, hoop earrings are timeless jewelry accessories that remain popular to this day. Dating all the way back to the Bronze Age, hoops have a circular shape that’s symbolic in many ways. At the same time, they have an alluring look that brings focus to the face. 

Similar to hoops, huggies bring a timeless appeal that’s versatile enough for any look. Unlike hoops, huggies tend to be thicker and more comfortable due to their postless design. While all huggies are hoops, all hoops are not huggies. For many modern fashionistas, huggies have become the go-to earring, thanks to their endless versatility and snug, comfortable fit.


So Many Options

These days, huggies come in a wide array of styles, from simple, minimalist designs to more glamorous sets that really catch the eye. Some popular examples include John Atencio’s Lines Diamond Huggie Earrings and Essence Diamond Huggie Hoop Earrings, which both showcase John’s artfully inspired creativity alongside scintillating white diamonds.

Not to be outdone, John’s Arrivo Pave Diamond Huggie Hoop Earrings glitter with eye-catching fire, while his Arrivo Trillion Earrings with Pave Diamonds frame your beauty in color with your choice of garnet, peridot or beautiful blue topaz gemstones. 

While they are designed to complement your look, huggies should never blend into the background. Ideally, these fashionable jewelry pieces should enhance your look and seamlessly complement your style. This is a delicate balance demanding an expert hand and a creative mind. 

John has spent nearly half a century designing creative, compelling jewelry that evokes sophistication, glamor and style. Inspired by the future and informed by the past, he has continued to refine his craft, bringing his distinctive visions to life for customers all over Colorado and around the world. 

Find the perfect earrings for your one-of-a kind style. Browse online or visit any John Atencio location, where our consultants can help you find jewelry that elevates your best look.