Hoop earrings are just as the name implies: a hoop that circles from front to back, around the ear. The hoop is a continuous piece of metal that goes through the ear and is then held in place, typically by a latch back or friction back. They are not always round and can come in a variety of different shapes. The most common untraditional shape is oval. Most hoop earrings close with either a snapbar, hinged post, or leverback. Small basic hoops are perfect for everyday wear, and larger embellished hoop earrings are great for special occasions and bold style.