4 grown up ways to wear hair accessories this season

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Harriet Davey
Leonie Hanne wearing headband

You’ve most likely seen these all over Instagram - here’s our top pick.       

Here at Stylist we’re always happy to welcome a new trend into our lives, especially one that needs minimal effort. This is why hair accessories are the ultimate hero buy this season. On days where a slightly average outfit needs an uplift, or a statement look needs a finishing touch – it’s all about accessorising your locks. 

We’ve probably all worn a ribbon, clip or even a personalised velvet padded headband (you remember the ones) at some stage in our childhood, right? Well, thanks to the likes of Gucci, Prada and Emilia Wickstead they’re back in grown up form. 

If you like people watching in real life, or through Instagram, then you will have noticed hair accessories becoming a thing. So much so, the insiders at have told us there has been a massive 4500% increase in searches for them. 

If you’re inspired by all the accessories on offer, but aren’t totally sure how to make them work for your hair, then John Frieda has just launched an Accessory Styling Masterclass with creative director Zoe Irwin and new brand Born In The Sun. Available at their Mayfair salon, prices start at £40 + accessory including a clutch bag filled with hair hacks and tools to take away with you. Stylist’s beauty team have tested it out and are complete converts.

Our editors and influencers have been trying out different ways to jazz up their hair, and we’ve made an edit of our favourite styles. Scroll down to see how to style hair accessories for 2019.

1) Layered barrettes

You may have noticed practically everyone is wearing hair clips at any given opportunity. The barrette clip has previously been associated with something you may find at the depths of your grandmother’s jewellery box, but they’re back. 

The retro hair accessory is cool again, and it’s all about multiple clips – the more the better, in fact. It’s the 2019 way to wear them, and we approve. 

Gucci crystal single hair barrette

Image of Gucci tortoiseshell hair clip

Gucci is one of the most searched for hair accessory brands according to  and although this tortoiseshell beauty has been doing the rounds for a while now, we’re still big fans of the logo style.

£315, Gucci

Valet Claudia shell hair clips – set of two

Image of Valet hair clips

Valet is one of the go-to brands we always look to for must-hair accessories. Now you’ve seen these shell clips, you can see why, right?

£50, Valet

2) The chunky headband

Stylist’s fashion news editor Billie Bhatia is a fan of the padded headband, so much so she wrote a story all about her love for the Blair Waldolf inspired headwear. Billie has gone for the logo Prada style (shop it here) and we’ve found a couple of other styles that are gaining our attention. 

Add them to any outfit to feel instantly more Blair. 

Free People easy like Sunday headband

Image of Free People headband

We all remember owning one of these at Primary school, or having a friend that did. 

The velvet headband is well and truly back. It’ll make any outfit look instantly chic, and makes you look like you’ve actually made an effort with your hair – with no effort needed. 

£12, Free People 

Jennifer Behr Ophelia knotted cotton and silk-blend headband

Image of Jennifer Behr Ophelia headband

We can’t help but stare at this headband and think of everything we’ll wear it with. The pink print will suit all hair colours, and although it may be on the premium price point you’ll wear it so many times. 

£240, Jennifer Behr

3) Add big bows

Take the school girl preppy look away from bow hair accessories by adding them to a more tailored outfit. Fanny Ekstrand makes them work by opting for chic black style with a statement blazer. 

Note: wearing them at the back of your hair rather than the front is also a way to keep them looking grown up.

My Accessories polysatin bow hairband

Image of Asos hair bow

Whether you add this bow bobble to a suit, dress or even a jeans and t-shirt combo it’ll look effortlessly stylist. Take inspiration from the Stockhold based influencer, Fanny Ekstrand and double up on the bow detail. 

£6, My Accessories at Asos

Emilia Wickstead grosgrain bow hairclip

Emilia Wickstead hair bow

We’ve told you how yellow dresses are key, but yellow hair bows are also a winner thanks to Emilie Wickstead. We guarantee you’ll wear this with all your new season wares. 

£120, Emilia Wickstead

4. Updated grips

Make like Nnenna and buy a multipack of embellished hair grips/ clips and wear them all at once. More is more when it comes to accessorizing this season, and we’re looking to the likes of high street favourites Zara and Stradivarius to help us with these under £15 pearl and shell sets.

Zara pack of pearl bead and shell hair clips

Zara shell clips

Whether you wear your hair up or down, they’ll not only do the practical job of kirby grips, they’ll also look good too. Shell accessories are key this season, so this is an easy, affordable way to give them a go.

£12.99, Zara

Stradivarius set of 5 pearl bead hair clips

Stradivarius pearl set clips

No longer just for brides, pearl hair clips are making their way into our everyday uniforms. Slide these into your locks for a statement look that’ll make an impact to any outfit, day or night.

£9.99, Stradivarius

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