The £1.19 accessory that everyone’s wearing

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Fashion has fallen in love with hair clips – here's how to wear them

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By Hannah Banks-Walker on

Catwalk trends are not exactly known for being wearable. Even when they’re worn off the runway – mainly by street stylers – they’re rarely the sort of thing you’d want to wear to the pub on a Wednesday. Take, for example, the see-through plastic rain hats from Chanel, recently spotted on everyone who ever went to Paris Fashion Week. Practical, sure, but certainly tricky to pull off on the morning commute without screaming, “It’s Chanel!” until you’re blue in the face. So, the fact that fashion’s latest penchant is for something as simple and universal as hair slides is a welcome change indeed.

It’s basically jewellery for your hair – what more could you want?

Simone Rocha really kicked things off with her pearly clips, as worn repeatedly (and with aplomb) by Alexa Chung during London Fashion Week. Ashley Williams’ sparkly, slogan hair slides are an instant sell-out every time they’re re-stocked (Alexa also wore the “girls” clip a while ago), while hair supremo Sam McKnight really embraced the trend when he used monogram hair accessories at both Max Mara and Chanel. The beauty of them is that they're really easy to do and pleasingly inexpensive. The Pool’s own Frankie Graddon parted with only £2.50 for her new tortoiseshell clips, while I got these pearly slides for a fiver. Whether you go for a bow at the back or a barrette at the front (very Margot Tenenbaum), you’ll find that they make even the simplest outfit feel a bit jazzier. It’s basically jewellery for your hair – what more could you want?

6 ways to wear them


The snap clips


The hair bow


The oversized clip


The bit of sparkle


The retro barrette


The pearly hair slide



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