If you’re anything like me, you probably haven’t gone anywhere near a hair accessory for years—save for the few stretched-out Goody elastics tumbling around at the bottom of your handbag, the slightly rusty bobby pins gathering dust at the back of your medicine cabinet or that scrunchie you use to pull your hair back when washing your face in the morning. For as long as I can remember, hair adornments have been slapped with somewhat of a childish reputation; when’s the last time you saw a girl over the age of 11 wearing a barrette or witnessed a woman past her teen years sporting a headband?
But all that’s about to change. Thanks to the recent runways of designers like Rodarte, Zac Posen and Marc Jacobs, barrettes and exposed bobby pins have never felt more stylish; meanwhile, celebrities like Taylor Swift and Lupita Nyong’o have proven headbands can look extremely elegant when paired with a polished outfit. Even the humble scrunchie, once the stuff of ’80s-minded nightmares, is enjoying a comeback!
If you’re looking to update your ‘do with a few well-placed accessories this season—and you should!—then click through above to learn about (and shop) some of our favorites.