Making its way back onto the fashion scenes, hair clips are everywhere right now and we are LOVING IT! Adding that extra feminine touch to an outfit, hair clips have travelled their way out of the 90s and into today being seen on every runway, magazine, and social media post out there.
The cyclical nature that fashion works is almost comical, as “new trends” are essentially just a recycled version of something popular 20 years ago. First, it was a blast from the 80s with scrunchies making their ever prominent return, but now that trend has a sister trend to go alongside it - hair clips have worked their way into the spotlight.
The difficulty with hair clips is that it’s not necessarily as easy to incorporate into your style. The fine line between looking like the power woman you are and your little 4-year-old self can make it hard.
We think that the trick to making it work is to always cater to your individuality, and not just simply copy a trend for the sake of it.
Maintaining class, style, and elegance is essential, which is why we’re going to break down the do’s and don’ts of the look so that you can wear it as your beautiful and confident self - without compromising your own style!
Rule 1: Nudie neutrals
Going for the neutral colours that are closest to your natural hair colour are ideal for keeping the look subtle. If you have lighter hair go for a beige or fawn colour, and if you have darker hair opt for the deeper brown, hazel tones.
Rule 2: Keep it simple
If you are going to try a clip that is a little more dominant in appearance, implementing the “less is more attitude” is imperative. Try not to overpower your look with too many clips, instead focusing on just one, larger clip that will make a statement on its own.
Rule 3: Think outside the box
Most of the on-trend clips follow the sleek, more rectangular shapes. Although these are beautiful, selecting a circular clip can provide a depth of difference to your hairstyle that is both unique and elegant. You can even mix up the texture of your rounded clip by going for a sleek gold alternative!
Rule 4: Make it match
The silver or golden details of a clip are often visible when paraded around in your hair. To keep the look classy you should aim to match these to the rest of your jewellery, as mixing too many gold and silver accessories can often take away from the class of a look. Keep it streamlined using gold with gold, and silver with silver if you’re wanting to give this trend a go.
Rule 5: Fine lines
If you‘re wanting to group a couple of hair clips in a messier look or have them sitting symmetrically on either side of your head like the runway models have, thinner clips are the way to go. Aiming for a finer, straight, and understated hair clip will let you exert elegance whilst still keeping up with the contemporary style.
Rule 6: Let it speak
When you have a stronger hair clip, be sure to let it be the talking piece of the outfit. Not overpowering it with earrings, necklaces and jewellery is important, as this is where you can overdo it. Aim for minimalistic, understated accessories that blend into the look, rather than compete with the hair clip style.
Rule 7: Location, location
Exactly where you place the clip on your hair plays a big role in whether the look works or not. Although putting these hair clips right at the forefront of your head seems to be the look the runways are going for, in your day-to-day this might not have quite the desired effect. We suggest either putting the clip at the back of your hair to create a half-up-half-down look, or, pushed further back on your sides so that it isn’t bordering right where your hair meets the skin line.