We've been talking about the hair accessories trend for a while, but we can't emphasize this enough: They're everywhere these days — from the red carpets and runways to the street style crowds at every international fashion month. Scrunchies, headbands, scarves, bows, hair pins, banana clips ... You name it, and chances are there's a slew of options to choose from at some of your favorite retailers. Our latest fixation? Barrettes, which, as our resident Hair Accessories Guru defines it, are clips with a metal clasp that opens and closes to help secure it in place.
The variety of barrette styles runs the gamut. Want something on the romantic side? A silk bow in a pastel hue does the trick. Looking to make a real statement? Go for neon or one that's stacked with different embellishments, like pearls, shells and stones. How about a more classic style? Then tortoiseshell or a sleek gold version is your best bet.
For those who are hesitant to decorate your head with all sorts of accoutrements, have no fear: We even have a guide to help you style a barrette like an adult, no matter your hair type or how you choose to wear it. As it turns out, the barrette looks just as good pinned at your temple with your hair down as it does clipped at the base of a half-up, half-down look.
From velvet bows and and bright colors to pearl-studded styles and that coveted Gucci crystal-and-tortoiseshell clip, shop 24 types of hair barrettes in the gallery below.
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