The grown-up guide to hair accessories
The season’s statement hair accessories.
From barrettes and headbands to bobby pins and tiaras, every Fashion Week around the globe has determined that hair accessories are back in the spotlight.
“They’re one of my favourite things because you can take any style, whether it’s minimal or maximal, to a whole new level just by adding accessories,” says hairstylist Kristin Ess. If adorning your ponytail takes you right back to high-school scrunchies and photo-day ribbons, don’t be put off. We’ve moved beyond bows – although they’re still cool – but there are plenty of other pretty options to suit your style.
“Use an accessory to pull together a natural, daytime look, starting with chicbut-versatile basics such as a simple metallic bar clip, a clean metallic ponytail cuff, or rose-gold bobby pins,” suggests Ess. It might be tempting to stock up on cheaper options, but Ess advises “investing in a few classic pieces instead of tonnes of trendy accessories that will quickly go out of style”. You can also scour your wardrobe to see what you already own that could be incorporated into your hairstyle, such as scarves or necklaces that can easily adorn braids, ponytails and buns. Sleek and shiny hairstyles can work for evening or formal events, but accessories will look best when matched with textured hair for that perfectly imperfect effect.