Best Bet: In the Loop

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Photo: Courtesy of Giles & Brother

Like a simple diamond stud, hoop earrings are eternally chic. Philip Crangi's diffusion line, Giles & Brother, is now making a pair of brass hoops that give this classic look some added edge. The two-and-a-quarter-inch earrings are done in a brass finish with detail spikes along the outside and the company's logo on the inside front. The subtle studs toughen up a simple loop, while the matte metal looks elegantly antique and a bit old-world. The open circles close with a comfortable post and are light enough to wear all day without weighing down lobes. Bondage and spikes are everywhere this season, but if the look makes you nervous, Giles & Brother's sleek earrings are the perfect way to subtly rock the trend.

Giles & Brother by Philip Crangi Large Spike Hoops, $88 at Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave., at 57th St.; 212-753-7300 or at Shopbop.com.