Why 90s-style hair clips are the must-have hair accessory of this season

From bumbags to mom jeans and even TV shows – Sabrina the Teenage Witch is being given a live action reboot on Netflix – the Nineties are serving as serious inspiration this season across the board, but nowhere is its influence more evident than the wonderful world of accessories. 

For what feels like years, our locks have remained woefully neglected in terms of adornment. However, for autumn/winter 2018, designers signalled a triumphant return for all sorts of accessories from blinged-out hair pins to barrettes and sleek slides. 

A trend that started last season with Simone Rocha’s pearl-encrusted clips, this season the designer gave hair another major makeover with embellished crystal bows in two different sizes.

The look translated elsewhere with monogrammed hair clips at Max Mara which decorated models’ hair with M-shaped jewel clips while Chanel upgraded the classic post-gym top knot with double C blingy slides places at the back of each bun.

The queen of sparkly slides, Ashley Williams, also showcased dazzling hair accessories with her trademark rhinestone clips that this time read “Error”, “Sorry”, “Heaven” and “Hell”.

Jewel-encrusted clips weren’t the only iteration of the Nineties hair accessory, though – at Ashish there were nostalgia-inducing butterfly trimmings, while Alexander Wang’s models sported slicked-back twists finished with silver crocodile clips.

From maximalist spangly slogans to discreet slides, the hairdressing stakes have officially been raised.

Oval crystal hair slides, two-pack, £7.50, Topshop

One of the few runway looks that are easily recreated at home, hair clips are a great way to transform your regular tresses from basic to bold with minimum effort.

Fish pin hair clip, £4, Accessorize

For a super-chic finish, our favourite way to wear them is by scooping the hair back on one side and securing slightly dishevelled hair – ensuring that your hair isn’t too perfect will make the trend appear less twee – with two slides. 

Alternatively, investing in a crocodile or claw clip is a great, and far more fashionable, way to conceal unwashed hair.

Pearl cluster barrette hair clip, £5, Accessorize
Oval crystal hair slides two-pack, 7.50 Topshop
Two-pack rust wooden shape hair clips, £4.99, New Look
Oversize metal claw, £12, Free People
Ashley Williams, hair pin, £120, Ssense

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