Catherine Middleton's Most Popular Gold Hoop Earrings That Go With Any Outfit

Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is known for her flawless fashion choices. Aside from achieving a chic look, Middleton imbues her outfits with symbolism. On a broad scale, her decision to re-wear looks has sent a message of sustainability, according to Vogue. On a more personal level, the duchess chooses pieces to honor a specific individual, such as when she paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II by wearing the monarch's pearl earrings during the Platinum Jubilee Service. Another example of this occurred when Middleton channeled the late Princess Diana's style at the Royal Ascot horse race.

When she steps out at an event, the Duchess of Cambridge knows all eyes are on her. Known as the "Kate effect," royal fans are eager to emulate her ensembles and accessories — they'll search the web for the exact brands or comparable lookalikes (per Express). Previously, Newsweek reported that "the Kate Effect may be worth £1 billion to the U.K. fashion industry."

While Middleton has the budget to afford designer choices when assembling her looks, she balances high-end pieces with more affordable options. Her conscious promotion of retailers like Zara and Gap lends support and visibility to those brands (via Insider). She uses the same strategy when it comes to accessories. For instance, the duchess has inherited some stunning heirloom pieces from Princess Diana, including her exquisite 12-carat sapphire ring (according to Town & Country). 

With effortless style, Middleton combines royal jewelry with budget-friendly pieces, like these timeless gold hoop earrings that go with any outfit.

Orelia and ASOS are two of Kate Middleton's go-to hoops

Catherine Middleton loves gold hoop earrings so much that she's worn multiple variations of this jewelry staple over the years. In summer 2021, the Duchess of Cambridge made a serious style statement by pairing Chain Huggie Hoops with the classic combination of blue jeans, a white t-shirt, and sneakers (via Grazia Daily). For a pop of color, Middleton wore a tailored jacket in a warm shade of blush pink, per ET. Made by Orelia, these gold hoops have a textured chain design and retail for $25.

The duchess was first spotted wearing these hoops on a video call in February 2021. After that she wore the earrings numerous times — she even rocked the hoops when meeting First Lady Jill Biden during a June 2021 visit to Cornwall (via Kate Middleton Style Blog).

Middleton's fandom of textured gold hoops extends to another British brand: ASOS. Retailing at £10 and plated in 14k gold, these earrings feature a twisted pattern along the hoop (per Cosmopolitan). The duchess wore the ASOS hoops to an outing at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2021. Several months later, Middleton dazzled in the earrings a second time when she gave a keynote address during the "Taking Action on Addiction" campaign. The golden hoops were a chic complement to her brilliant red turtleneck and pleated skirt (via Who What Wear). The Kate Middleton Style Blog reports that the duchess has paired the ASOS hoops with several other recent looks.

Her earring choices range from under $200 to unbelievably affordable

As Nick Withington, the managing director of William May, told Express, "Kate regularly wears affordable statement earrings." Withington added, "This makes her more relatable to the British public as she isn't afraid to repeat her accessories, which are also obtainable pieces."

Perhaps Catherine Middleton's most incredibly-priced earrings are from Accessorize. Retailing for £2.10, the Duchess of Cambridge sported these golden oval hoops with a black turtleneck and blue jacket at the Foundling Museum in 2022, per Hello! Magazine. Also in the under-$10 range are Middleton's filigree drop earrings (via Dress Like a Duchess). For only $8, these Accessorize earrings have a delicate cut-out design. In true duchess fashion, the 40-year-old was spotted re-wearing these as well — first at the Back to Nature Festival and later on an overseas tour in Pakistan.

On the pricier side, but still coming in under $200, are Middleton's golden mini hoops by Freya Rose. According to Town & Country, these earrings sell for $137. The multiple dangling pearl charms are detachable, offering two distinctive looks: One with pearls, or one as classic unadorned hoops.

Aside from hoops, Middleton is a fan of Monica Vinader's colorful drop earrings, which are available for less than $200. Middleton has been wearing the brand since 2016 (per Stylight). According to Who What Wear, she loves the green onyx version of these earrings and has worn them with a dress, a lacy white button-down, and a more casual olive sweater and jacket.