Elegant, Festive Hair Accessories to Complete All of Your Holiday Ensembles
A barrette or hair pin is the ultimate finishing touch.
Ornate hair accessories are a brilliantly deft way to complete a holiday party look—and they come in all shapes and sizes. So whatever your length or texture, there's a barrette or pin that will dress your hair up with the flick of a finger. The key is simply finding one that speaks to both your hair type and holiday style. To help you curate your own roster of barrettes, pins, and bobbies for the upcoming season—they'll add subtle, but festive elegance to your ensemble—we've culled several of our favorites on the slides ahead.
Before you decide on a barrette's form, however, you'll want to choose its function. If you want an accessory that rests on the side of your head (positioned above your ear to hold back parted locks), look for small slip-ins that resemble bobby pins. Don't let the dainty size of the clips fool you: We chose beaded and metallic stunners to enhance the merry vibes. When styling them, make a deep part, then put one or two into the parted side near your ear to emphasize the volume of the swept-over hair, says Los Angeles-based stylist Mark Townsend.
Looking for an accessory to upgrade a half-up, half-down look? "Gathering some hair at the crown of the head opens up the face and still shows off length," says Townsend. A graphic barrette or pin will secure strands and add glam in one easy motion. For a sleek silhouette, bundle just the top layers (versus the whole top half). To elevate your everyday ponytail or chignon from practical to refined, top a plain elastic with a sleek cuff or secure a knot with regular bobbies, and give it the royal treatment with a striking oversized pin or gold-plated peta pins.
And while these clips, pins, and barrettes' overarching job is to keep your hair in place, you'll still want to take the proper precautions. For stay-put grip, prep your hair with a texturizing spray—or spritz accessories with dry shampoo before inserting them.
Shop Now: Picnic SF Rectangle Lise Crystal Hair Clip in Smoke, $18, picnicsf.com.
Shop Now: Valet "Sophie" Clips, $38 for two, shopbop.com.
Shop Now: Missoma Gold Spike Hair Clip Set, $39, missoma.com.
Shop Now: Kitsch Beaded Metal Bobby Pins in Blush/Mauve, $12 for three, mykitsch.com.
Shop Now: Loeffler Randall Lara Wavy Barrette Set in Pink and Tortoise, $65 for two, loefflerrandall.com.
Shop Now: Favor Mini Orbital Hair Pin, $34, favorjewelry.com.
Shop Now: Lele Sadoughi Stacked Stone Barrette in Laurel Green, $125, lelesadoughi.com.
Shop Now: Epona Valley Astrid Petal Bobbi Set, $219 for five, eponavalley.com.
Shop Now: Beachwaver Co. Hair Cuff in Solid Gold, $12, beachwaver.com.
Sylvain Le Hen
Shop Now: Sylvain Le Hen Hairpin "014" in Gold, $61, hairdesignaccess.fr.