I've never been much of a hair accessory person. Save for a brief period in middle school spent growing out my bangs when I refused to be in public without a stretchy cotton headband, I've shied away them. They can tend to be too twee and not in keeping with my overall penchant toward minimalism when it comes to my personal style. Enter Jen Atkin, hair mogul and Kardashian BFF, and her line of minimalist accessories for jewelry retailer Chloe + Isabel.
The entire collection of barrettes and hair pins is pretty lustworthy, but the bun cuff — which looks of sort of like a bangle bracelet and a hair pin paired together — is a definite standout. It instantly makes a messy bun look pulled together and can also be worn with a half-up style, as shown above.
But its appeal is also largely due to its versatility: Some people on Instagram have been wearing the cuffs on their wrists as bracelets (which is just a tad chicer than wearing your standard black hair elastic):
And while you're stashing the cuff on your wrist, might I suggest a totally off-label hack for the pin, as well? I twisted my hair into a half-up knot, then pierced directly through it with the pin to hold it in place. Not a bad hack, if I do say so myself.
I'm planning to keep exploring other ways to wear this Transformers-like accessory — after I stock up on every color option, that is.
Jen Atkin x Chloe + Isabel bun cuff, $45, available at Chloe + Isabel.
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