Don’t go cold on the ’90s wave just yet because this season it’s not just the era-inspired footwear and apparel making a comeback. Fashion has come full circle and so has the days of the hair barrette. Putting aside the functional appeal of it, the hair barrette also brings to mind a’90s indie girl chic vibe that we can’t help but be drawn to — think Phoebe Buffay in Friends or the iconic Cher Horowitz in Clueless and you get the drift.
The sensational return of it this season arose from the Ashley Williams’ Spring/Summer ’19 show where models strutted down the runway in prominent one-word rhinestone barrettes like “Women” and “Virgin”. And in later seasons, was again adapted in daintily embellished and pearl monogram iterations in both Simone Rocha and Chanel’s Fall/Winter ’19 shows respectively.
These days, the modern day interpretation calls for the hair barrette to take the front row seat. Seen in various forms from the encrusted, pearlised, wordplay-ed, acrylic, et al, these iterations go beyond just the ’90s indie chic look and transcends to fit different women. Just take a closer look at our collation of street style mavens and Instagram personalities alike that have adapted this chic hair accessory to their style.
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