By: Aaron Royce
Hair accessories, specifically barrettes, are having a moment. The once middle school staple made the rounds in 2018 street style galleries, and they've only grown since. Easy styling has made the trend super versatile and approachable for all. With varieties ranging from pearls and crystals to bows and graphics, there's no limit to the unique statements barrettes can make. Just ask girl bosses like Alexa Chung, Vanessa Hong, or our own Caroline Vazzana, who've worn them at Fashion Month, parties, and red carpets everywhere this season. Now that summer is just around the corner, there's an endless range of barrette styles to choose from. Here are the best ones to ensure you make a statement all summer long.
Tortoiseshell is the quintessential hair clip trend because who can forget those giant claw clips from the early 2000s? The lighter and darker tones also ensure there's more than just one colorway, so everyone has choices when revisiting the trend.
Alexandre de Paris 'Jaw' hair clip, $36; shopbop.com
Florals aren't just for spring, and they're not just for apparel. This adorable and affordable barrette makes a case for a flower crown alternative that's equal parts chic and feminine. It's metallic, and monochrome versions provide ample versatility for any fashionista.
Ann Taylor metallic flower barrette, $20; anntaylor.com
Feminine embellishments from lace to florals to hearts are enjoying the limelight this season. Our team was not surprised when this trend carried into barrettes. Consider a clip, like this Miu Miu bauble, an updated version of Blair Waldorf's headband adornments. They'll add a flair of femininity to any outfit.
Miu Miu crystal-embellished bow hair clip, $185; matchesfashion.com
Graphic statements made a splash in NYFW accessories, especially through clips like KITSCH's collab with Justine Marjan. Clips like these literally make a statement all their own and add a dose of whimsy to any hairstyle. Try wearing them pinned to one side of your next blowout, or a MIIM favorite; layer them in a group of 3 or 4 for extra punch.
KITSCH x Justine Marjan 'Feelings' hairpin, $30; shopbop.com
Leopard has been the biggest trend this season. It was only a matter of time before the pattern overtook hair accessories-and we love it. Try pairing spotted clips with a leopard-print bag, pumps or top for a cute and coordinated look. Better yet? Take a walk on the wild side and wear them all at once.
Twin Bear Leopard Print Hair Clip, $5; yesstyle.com
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