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H.Samuel Loves…Huggie Hoops and Ear Stacks

Have you noticed the latest earring trend? Huggies are saturating our social feeds from Instagram to TikTok. Read on to find out what all the fuss is about, how to wear them and where they came from. After all, this is one trend that everyone can get onboard with.

12 May 2021 Editor - H. Samuel

Prediction: we’ll all own at least one pair of huggie hoops by the end of the summer (if you don’t already). These tiny hoops are a versatile must have, offering everyday elegance and adding symmetry to ear stacks. So, if you’re anything like us, your jewellery box (or earlobe) will be stacked high with these teeny-tiny bundles of joy. Without further ado, scroll down to find out exactly what they are and how to style them.

What are huggie earrings?

You guessed it, the clue's in the name. Huggies are teeny hoops that ‘hug’ the earlobe. They tend to be thicker in diameter than the average hoop earring and can come adorned in crystals or plain gold or silver in style. Plus, unlike traditional hoops, huggies have a lever or clicker fastening meaning the whole curved back of the earring can be pulled apart and clicked into place. Yes, good things come in small packages, but there’s so much more to huggies than that.

The benefits of huggies

How do we even begin to explain our love for these teeny tiny hoop earrings that hug the earlobe so perfectly? Yes, they are stylish, minimalist and maximalist (depending on how you decide to style them). They look elegant and timeless when worn alone for a more classic look, however for those with second, third or fourth piercings they look amazing stacked up the ear for more of a statement.

But they are also practical, and their versatility has no end. As thanks to their mini shape, they are comfortable to wear all the time. Plus, their clicker fastening means they are a lot easier to put on and take off and with a lever back it means there is no butterfly to lose. Win-win.

What piercings can I use huggies for?

Due to their small size, huggies are mostly worn on the lobe. Having said that, they can be worn for other piercings too. Such as the helix (cartilage at the top and back of the ear), forward helix (top and front of the ear) and the tragus (the small bit in front of the ear canal). As long as the huggie fits and securely fastens, you can wear it wherever you want. And, if you have just had your ears pierced, why not check our blog on how to care for newly pierced ears for expert tips and advice.

The huggie earring trend

Hoop earrings are nothing new (historians say Sumerian women wore the first gold hoop earrings around 2500 BCE), but it’s the new, smaller shape in town that’s got everyone talking and this is the reason why.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a social media rock for the last few months, you will have seen huggie earrings have taken over your feed. They’re not going anywhere anytime soon (which we’re very happy about), as everyone from celebrities to influencers has been rocking these tiny earlobe huggers, thanks to another jewellery trend: the earring stack – more on that later.

How to wear huggies

Let's talk styling: yes, you can, of course, wear huggies solo for a Meghan Markle minimalist look. But if you’re looking for more statement appeal, then it all comes down to a good earring stack. And, although huggies are small, they are mighty when it comes to creating the perfect stack. For a thing or two about styling a good #earparty scroll down.

Get the look: statement stacking

The more is more look is everything when it comes to earrings right now, and with huggies in the mix, the world is your oyster when creating the coveted curated ear look. But how can you get the celeb-endorsed look? Lucky for you, you’ve come to the right place, with these top tips on how to put together the perfect party, your ear-stacking game will be Insta-ready in no time.

Mix and match

Yes, most definitely. The beauty of this trend is that there are no rules when it comes to stacking. Get playful with textures, styles and metals. Why not take inspiration from Hailey Bieber and try sleek and minimal gold huggies next to silver crystal-embellished ones one and see how they instantly work together – mix them up and get creative for a look that’s unique to you.

Get creative with size

Playing with size is a great way to build a unique ear stack. The secret is to build from the lobe, adding your larger pieces first and creating shape upwards on the ear. As we now know, huggies are extra small so rather than matching them with small studs for example, why not mix it up with big, chunky hoops? We love a stack that swaps out the bottom piercing for a fun statement piece – the perfect mood booster.

Inject a pop of colour

Size is not the only way to make your stack unique. Adding a splash of colour to your look (via mixed metals and coloured gemstones) is one of our favourite ways to add interest, as well as breaking up the metallic palette when building a curated ear look.

Discover hoops and huggies at H Samuel

If you want to build your very own personalised earring story then we recommend embracing the huggie hoop. They are perfectly versatile, so easy to wear and super comfortable – you can even sleep in them. Ready to start browsing? You can shop the full range of hoops and huggies online at H Samuel.