June twenty first. The date when, according to the latest government roadmap, life will go back to normal. We’ll be able to hug! Dance! Go to the pub! Shop! (Single people can hypothetically) have sex again! The news incited a roll out of memes that all basically said the same thing. Get in loser, we’re going raving. Though, quite frankly, this seems a bit far off from reality, especially for introverts. We’ve spent nearly a year under house arrest – socialising feels so archaic we need a re-education, getting properly dressed a revolutionary act it occurs so infrequently. Don’t run before you can walk. If the prospect of full-on outfit planning feels like a choring practice, instead lean into glamour microdosing, in the shape of this season’s most covetable hair accessories. Low effort. High impact.
Everyone looks hotter in spring. It’s something to do with treading a fine line between good and bad taste. The wardrobe contrasts. Subtracting here, adding a little bit more there. Speaking of, a statement fluffy hat is a worthy introduction. On our wishlist: Emma Brewin’s romantic creations (PSA: the ‘Prairie Band’, featuring the designer's signature soft faux fur and velvet ribbon, is available from the end of March).
We fell a little bit out of love with headbands for a while. It felt like everyone was joining a bandwagon. But, it really is one of the most enduring of hair accessories, for good reason. To recite her poem ‘The Hill We Climb' on inauguration day, Amanda Gorman wore a padded red Prada style, and posted on Instagram afterwards: “I truly wanted to continue the history of strong women in headbands. It was my mom who suggested I wear it horizontal with my thick braids. I highly suggest a headband crown for anyone wanting to stand taller, straighter, and prouder." Every little helps.
“Not only are hair accessories super on-trend at the moment, but they also double up as a practical way of instantly hiding unwanted roots”, says Christel Barron-Hough, Founder and Colour Director of STIL Salon. “The key is to find a scarf with a thickness that matches the area of regrowth you want to cover up and voila, roots be gone!” See Gucci and Miu Miu for painterly prints. Or, on the more affordable end of the spectrum, lockdown-born London label, Cro-Che, has some fun options to play around with.
The bow gets woefully typecast; relegated as the prim, girly, cute and childish character of the accessories world. Rather than what they actually are. Chic and subversive. Example A) Yves Saint Laurent’s 60s bow-ties. B) Claudia Schiffer’s exaggerated black silk bows decorating her ponytail at Chanel’s 1995 autumn/winter couture show. Delightful.
Apologies to scrunchie naysayers, who gawp and suggest you move swiftly on by, they are here to stay. Hermès is soon to be introducing the Claudia maxi hair tie to the UK, featuring the label’s signature orange piping. Bored of your ponytail? It can also be worn as a bracelet, too, if you are so inclined.
Pearls! Diamonds! Gold! You know the drill – more is more.