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Hair Jewellery

Hair Jewellery

Bejewelled hair slides, gilded hairpins, bedazzled clips, embellished headbands, blinged-out bobby pins, bows, ribbons, scarves, scrunchies and the dress-up staple of little girls everywhere—barrettes and tiaras—are a huge fashion trend right now. Singles, doubles and the-more-the-merrier hair accessories are showing up in fashionable tresses for Summer 2019.


Gucci started the ball rolling with a $400 logo-emblazoned crystal hair clip and suddenly hair adornments started taking over the world/ ie. Instagram. As a no-logo lover, that would be not for me.

Of course, all the It-Girls looked chic and fabulous but would the 50+ crowd sport this hair statement trend or simply sit it out? Dawn Lucy from Fashion Should Be Fun did doubles and admitted, I could see how barrettes can go all kinds of wrong. Meanwhile, Margaret Manning advises Just going for it!  in her YouTube hair demo on Sixty and Me as she dons a jewelled headband.

Would Helen Mirren coyly tuck her fine hair behind a strategically placed slider on the red carpet?  Would Anna Wintour glam up her famous bob? Well, not that I’ve seen, however, there are plenty of inspiring vintage examples. Diamonds make hair ornaments decidedly grown-up rather than little girlish. Don’t diamonds make everything better? I think Tiffany & Co. should jump on this trend and start offering hair jewellery.

Myrtle Crawford  (Lady Ackland) in pleated crêpe dinner dress with cuffed boat neckline and black satin cap both by Neil Roger, diamond bracelets and hat clips from The Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Co. Photo: Henry Clarke  at the Savoy Grill, Vogue UK, December 1952
Myrtle Crawford (Lady Ackland) wearing an “en tremblent” jewelled bird of paradise hair ornament from Wartski jewellers. Photo: Anthony Denney, Vogue, December 1951
Myrtle Crawford (Lady Ackland). Photo by Frances McLaughlin at Versailles, Vogue UK, October 1952

There is something for every taste and budget. Here are a few I like:


SUZANNE KALAN 18-karat rose gold, sapphire and diamond hair slide, Net-A-Porter

Sophie Bille Brahe. Croissant Grace 10-karat gold pearl hairclip, Net-A-Porter


MaryJane Claverol, Frankie Turban, Net-A-Porter;Pearl, Crystal  / Far Fetch: Pearl, Pink
mary jane claverol


Big Retro Red Hair Clip, The Hairclip Girl, Etsy

ca.1890. 18 KT yellow gold, 10 rose-cut diamonds and horn

1st Dibs, Ruby Lane

What are you wearing in your hair?

Jean Shrimpton in white zibeline sheath with embroidered rhinestones and pearls by Marc Bohan for Dior, the diamond star-burst tiara, drop earrings and diamond-sprigged necklace from royal jewellers Collingwood. Photo: David Bailey, Vogue, June 1965

5 thoughts on “Hair Jewellery”

  • I adore hair accessories, I even make them myself. I pulled off quite a few DIY projects that featured various pins. As for the whole barrettes, statement bobby pins and hair accessory trend, I’m all for it.
    I love the vintage inspiration you featured. I do agree that diamond hair accessories look very grown up and sophisticated. I would probably get some if I could afford it, but in the meantime, fake diamonds, zircons and fake pearls accessories sound just as lovely.

  • I’m absolutely all about the hair accessories and I’ve been collecting them lately (not the expensive and beautiful pieces you’ve shown, though). I’m playing with how to wear them but always appreciate a few pictures of others wearing them because I don’t want to get too creative on my own 😛


  • I used to avoid hair accessories as I thought they looked too childlike, but we have so many sophisticated options to choose from now. Love the styles you’ve highlighted. I don’t think I could wear a logo clip either but would be quite happy with diamonds and pearls! xo Nipa

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