This week's theme was to "hammer it." I use a hammer to texture most of my designs because it adds dimension to the piece and also work hardens the metal. :) Most of my earring designs are understated, but adding a small hoop looks great on women with longer hair and balances the face without being trashy.
Whereas the narrow, dangly earrings elongate your neck, hoop earrings (or anything that is heavier at the bottom) draws the eye to the bottom of your face and gives a more youthful appearance. (Think about it... the facial features of children and cute animals are all concentrated at the lower part of the face.)
So while you may not want to wear hoops to a corporate meeting, they are great for wine tasting with the bff's or a day at the ball park.