Having been introduced recently, Huggie earrings are the latest and most popular earring trend on major social media platforms like Instagram and Tiktok. They are suitable for everyday wear and every occasion. Whether you’re going for a simple look or want to make a bold statement, there are various designs to choose from.
You’re probably wondering where the name Huggie came from? Where did the trend evolve from? What is the appropriate way of wearing these earrings? Not to worry, in this post, we will cover all the knowledge tips and advice you need to ensure you enjoy your wearing your Huggie earrings.
Huggies Earrings Definition.
Based on the name, Huggies earrings are designed to hug the earlobe, given that they are small types of hoops that sit snug on the earlobes. You can also refer to them as Huggie hoops or Huggie rings. Despite being a subset of hoop earrings, Huggies differ in certain ways from the traditional hoop earrings.
For starters, unlike normal hoops, most Huggies are designed with a whole curved lever back that you can pull apart and click into place. While traditional hoops have a wide range of sizes and thicknesses, Huggie has a more constant thickness and diameter. Their size is directly linked to the size of the earlobes and the width/thickness is just enough for it to be noticeable.
What’s more, you can wear Huggies on either the upper half or lower half of your ear, but traditional hoops are suitable for being worn on the lower part as stand-alone earrings.
You may wonder, what makes Huggie earrings so popular? One of the major reasons is that they are comfortable to wear.
They don’t put weight on your earlobe and don’t get tangled up in your hair. Another major reason is that Huggie earrings are suitable for different personalities.
They come in various designs from simple and casual dainty metal pieces to bold and outlandish diamond embellished pieces. They also go with every outfit be it a high turtle neck or a low V-neck. What’s more, you can stack the earrings along with your ear or wear them alone.
Lastly, they also go well with other jewelry pieces be it a chocker, a long pendant, a ring, or a bracelet.
How To Wear Huggie Earrings Without Pain.
As we mentioned before, Huggie earrings are comfortable pieces. The lever back design also makes them easier to put on and take off. They are also considerably lighter than traditional earrings so your earlobes don’t feel pulled down by the weight. Even though there are minimal chances that you would feel pain wearing Huggie earrings, there are certain reasons you could feel pain.
One reason could be that you have metal sensitivity. Most, if not all, Huggie earrings are made of metal. The finer pieces are usually made of precious metal like gold or platinum, while the fashion pieces are made of metal alloys like stainless steel. If you happen to feel pain or even itchiness when wearing Huggies, even though the piercing is old, you are likely sensitive to the metal used to make the earrings. Another reason could be that the size of the Huggies is too small for your earlobes. Remember that Huggies are meat to sit snug on your earlobes without pressing them. Lastly, how you put on the earrings could also cause pain. This can happen if you press the earring with more force than required when closing them.
So, aside from picking the right metal and size for your Huggie earrings, the following are the steps you can follow to ensure that you put them on correctly:
- Open up the Huggie earring and thread the arched post through your piercing, be patient and gentle while doing this. Do not apply too much pressure while threading.
- Once the post is threaded, slowly push the back of the Huggie toward the clasp to close it. Once again remember to be gentle.
- Now gently push the arched post into the clasp until you hear a click sound or until the metal latches into the clasp. Do not keep pushing the Huggie after it clicks into place, otherwise, you might bend or earring or break the clasp.
How Tight Should Huggie Earrings Be?
As a general rule, 6-7mm is a common standard if you want your Huggie earrings to properly hug your earlobes. But the fact is, each individual’s earlobes may differ from the other person. Some have longer earlobes while others have shorter ones. Additionally, piercings may also differ based on their distance to the edge of the ear. As such, there is no hard rule about the standard fit of Huggie earrings. You only need to make sure that they fit snugly on your earlobes without tightly pressing them.
To get the right fit, we advise you to your ear’s size and use it as a guide. To do this you would need a ruler that’s either in millimeters or centimeters. Simply place the ruler against your ear and measure the distance between the piercing and the edge of the ear. You can choose to have a snug fit or a loose one.
For lower piercings like the earlobes, for a snug fit, you should use the exact distance between the piercing and the edge of the lobe as the diameter for the earrings. For loose-fitting, you can add a millimeter to that distance so there’s a small space in between your earlobe and the Huggie. As for upper ear piercings like the helix, for a snug fit, you should use the exact perpendicular distance between the piercing and the edge of the ear. For a loose fit, angle the ruler from the piercing to the edge of the ear based on how you’d want the Huggie to lay on your ear and use that distance as the diameter.
Can You Sleep In Small Hoop Earrings?
There’s a general rule of thumb that it isn’t safe to sleep with your earrings on unless it’s a new piercing and it’s a flat stud. One of the major reasons for this rule of thumb is that the earrings could get caught in your hair or beddings and risk tearing your skin by pulling at the piercing. You also risk getting infections or an allergic reaction based on the materials used to make the earrings.
In as much as we would normally advise against sleeping with earrings on, Huggie earrings, however, could be an exception. They are small closed loops with no sticking parts, so it’s unlikely that they’d get tangled up in your hair or beddings or hurt you. What’s more, they are light and comfortable to wear, most people even forget they have them on. There are, however, some precautions you must keep in mind if you insist on sleeping with them.
For starters, you must be careful about the type of metal used to make the earrings. If it’s a fashion piece that may have traces of nickel, it may not be advisable to keep them on for long periods. Gold or Platinum Huggie may be a safer option to leave on. Also, as much as you sleep in them, you must remember to take them off and clean them regularly to avoid infections from the dirt that builds up over time.
Tips For Wearing Huggie Earrings For Daily Outfit
Huggie earrings are versatile and come in various designs to suit any personality or occasion. You can either dress them down or up, depending on whether you want to look simple and casual or if you want to make a statement. The following is a guide on ways to wear four different kinds of Huggie earrings:
If you’re looking for something dramatic without being over the top, chunky block Huggie earrings are a great option for you. It’s an equally bold and vibrant look for a casual or formal setting. It’s great where to get started on the Huggie earrings trend.
As you know diamonds are a girl’s best friend. These precious stones add sparkle to Huggie earrings, giving them a modern updated look. You can get them in different designs, from baguette hoops and paved styles to dangling diamond charms. They would go great with a nice up-do hairstyle, that way you can show off their sparkle.
Speaking of charms, there’s nothing cuter than Huggies with a dangling charm. It could be in various shapes from stars to butterflies to heart-shapes. What’s more, they add a whimsical aspect to your personality without overpowering your outfit. You can put them on with a simple dress or top for that perfect casual look.
If you’re looking for something a little out of the box then this design is best suited for you. Its elongated u-shaped design gives you a popping sleek look that’s not over the top. It’s a nice change from the normal classic circular shape. You could wear them with anything from a little black dress to a nice pair of jeans paired with a cute top.
Now you have all the information about Huggie earrings are, the right fit for you, and how to wear them. You can now join in on the Huggies trend and enjoy the simplicity and comfort they have to offer.
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Stephanie is a jewelry lover when she was a teenager. Her major was fashion design when she was in college. She is a jewelry designer at SOQ Jewelry and other design companies. Now she is also a writer for our website. She writes a lot of designs&brands posts with very actionable tips.