If 2018 was the year of the scrunchie, then 2019 could be the year of the hair clip.
Colorful, rhinestoned and pearlescent, sometimes shaped like flowers or sea shells, the clips are like candy for the head. Accessory-wise they strike the perfect balance of being both attainably priced and visually impactful on social media.
The trend has taken off on Instagram, where Danish ‘It’ girls like Saks Potts cofounder Barbara Potts and model-slash-vintage dealer Caroline Bille Brahe have both been seen tucking their tresses into barrettes and banana clips.
The Copenhagen shop Pico lines its walls in display cases filled with brightly colored, sculptural clips. Upbeat English brand Shrimps recently issued a line of beaded barrettes to match its popular line of handbags — creating an accessories version of the twin set. Australian company Valet Studio has amassed some 20,000 followers on Instagram for its dispatches of unique hair clip designs.
To get the look in New York City, head to New World Mall in Flushing, Queens, where a nameless second-floor shop stocks clips made in South Korea — theirs with lacy edges and shaped like hearts, all under $10.