Barrettes, scrunchies, headbands and bows were all the rage during the ’90s and early 2000s. But now they are back in style — they paraded down runways this season and are still irresistible with their childlike whimsicality. From satin ponytail scrunchies to that iconic Gucci hairclip, there is no excuse to not let them add a hint of class or sass to any outfit.
Here are our picks for the best hair accessories for summer below:
Texas-born Lele Sadoughi cut her teeth crafting jewelry for Ippolita and J.Crew, and her private line is a reflection of her bold, maximalist style. So of course, her padded headband combines the knotted trend with the classic je ne sais quois of pearls, which have been all the rage in accessories this season in shows by Gucci, Etro and Isabel Marant.
FOR A STROLL AROUND THE PARK
Twin sisters Lizzie and Kathryn Fortunato founded the brand on the idea that one should always dress to tell a story. All of the accessories are inspired by fine art and artisanal handiwork. This little bow plays into the seersucker trend, a classic summer vibe and adds an unassuming feminine touch to every outfit.
Scarf hair ties can add a bohemian vibe to any breezy summer outfit. A fun way to rock them is by tying your hair up in a low bun and wrapping it around it, or to tie it around your ponytail.
Butterflies have migrated down to mainstream fashion from runways and dresses from the likes of Naeem Khan, Moschino and Marchesa — even Taylor Swift is a fan. If you did not save your butterfly pin from middle school don’t despair, this gold one adds a touch of sweetness and wanderlust to any outfit.
FOR A NIGHT OUT
The bedazzled hair clip officially became a thing after designer Ashley Williams’s model sported them on runways saying anything from “girls” to “sex” in February 2019. You can pin them on any slick hairstyle with a strong middle part, or tucked under any up-do, like a bun.
FOR A GIRLS' NIGHT IN
Traditional hair ties can tug on hair and lead to breakage. Luckily, these are not scrunchies as you know them — the three-pack of silk scrunchies by your favorite silk pillowcase brand add a luxurious, chic touch to any hairstyle, without the annoying ridges and creases caused by regular hair ties.
FOR A COCKTAIL PARTY
L. Erickson, a Washington-based hair accessories company worn by Alexa Chung and Ashley Greene, makes this with a small tige boule clasp and Swarovski crystals accents in white, which add a touch of glamour to any hair color and length.
FOR A SHOPPING TRIP
Eugenia Kim is one of the biggest names in hats and hair accessories, worn by celebs like Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé, and she is all about bold colors and unexpected twists. This satin headband adds a dash of color to any outfit and is universally flattering on different complexions and hair colors, all while keeping your hair out of your face and in place.
FOR A SUMMER WEDDING
This versatile hair pin is handcrafted by female artisans in Honduras and is made of 18K gold-plated brass. You can easily create a half updo that is perfect for an outdoor summer wedding or cocktail party.
FOR A CONCERT
Stephanie Owens, the designer behind Elizabeth Cole’s collection, is all about feminine, glamorous jewelry with hair accessories handcrafted by artisans in the United States. For a chic minimalistic look with a dash of rock and roll, incorporate her set of five two star silver tone brass pins with crystal accents into your look. They are both pretty, yet functional, making sure your bangs stay out of your face while you sway to the music.
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