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|Abyssian girl in decorative hoops. 1883|
In the 30s and 40s, smaller style earrings had been in vogue. From the 50s on however, hoop earrings became firmly established as a jewellery standard. In the mid 20th century, hoops were often paired with gypsy blouses and full skirts or high, triangle collars and short hair. Around this time, the fashion influence of African-American culture was also beginning to assert itself - turbans worn with hoops were popular, as were polka dots and brightly coloured scarves tied around the head.
|Audrey Hepburn wearing tasteful hoops for the 1954 film, Sabrina|
Ear piercing, which had long been out of favour, began to regain popularity in this decade, partly spurred on by a young Queen Elizabeth, who had her ears pierced in 1947, in order to wear some particularly beautiful diamond earrings she received as a gift.