Just when we thought fashion had nothing else hidden up its chic sleeve, it goes surprises us once again. Recent curveballs include cycling shorts (where did they even come from?), jelly shoes and bucket hats. The fact is that they're all sufficiently rogue and necessary for keeping the fashion landscape interesting. Hair accessories, however, are surely at the top of the "least expected to make a comeback" list, with their niche '80s vibes and childlike whimsicality.
First, it was hairbands (Hillary Clinton is clearly a fan); then everyone's '80s fav—the scrunchie—wrestled its way back into public consciousness. These were closely followed by hair slides, bows and scarves. The whole gang's here and wanting in on the new-season action. "Hair accessories have performed really well this season, with pearl and tortoiseshell styles selling out within a week," says Aisling McKeefry, head of design at ASOS. "For spring, we're focusing on fantastic resin pieces with glitter and crystal details."
Whether you already love them or are yet to be convinced, hair accessories are setting up shop for 2019, so you may as well embrace it. To make sure you're properly informed on all the hair accessory action, we've put together a definitive list of the pieces that are set to spike this year. If the mere memory of scrunchies makes you recoil in horror, worry not; there are plenty of chic alternatives out there.
My top option has to be the pearl slide, which I'll use to add interest to a party outfit, or alternatively, a cheeky bow that's a surefire way liven up a checked blazer á la Stephanie Broek. Scroll down to see our full edit and shop the key pieces.
Style Notes: We like how this showgoer has created a low-key, almost minimalist finish with her black scrunchie and linen dress. We'll be copying this look when spring hits.
Style Notes: If you want your scrunchie to stand out, then this is the way to do it. The trick is to make the top half of your hair into a mini bun and adorn it with a colour-pop hair tie.
Style Notes: Everyone went crazy for Gucci's hair slides this season. Whether you fasten it to the back of your head with a half-up 'do, or simply clip it above the ear like Maria Bernad, this piece is guaranteed to elevate any outfit.
Style Notes: When it comes to hair slides, we say the more the merrier. We're looking to Valentina Amaddeo for inspo, who expertly mixes up her clips to create an eclectic and playful finish.
Style Notes: It might scream "granny chic" to you, but a silk scarf has become one of the fashion crowd's favourite ways to rock the hair accessory. Our takeaway from Tamu's look? Make sure the rest of your outfit feels modern.