No, you haven’t jumped in a time machine and gone back to 1987. Scrunchies – and other vintage hair accessories – are officially back, and they don’t look like they’re going anywhere anytime soon.
We’re sure you’ve noticed the scrunchie resurgence – they’ve been back for a while now – but there are a host of other hair accessories that have made a comeback, too. From pearl clips to silk scarves, and even headbands, 2019 is the year of the once forgotten hair accessories – the more dated, it seems, the better.
The term ‘vintage’ can technically be applied to items that are 20 years old or older, which means that anything from 1999 or before is officially, authentically vintage. Ouch.
Back in their heyday, everyone from your favourite pop star to your little sister was rocking hair scrunchies. Now, they’ve been given a modern twist – you won’t likely see the bright orange, gold sequin or rainbow tie-dye scrunchies of the 80s on today’s Instagram influencers. Instead, we’re loving classic fabrics – gingham, velvet, ribbed and satin are all the rage nowadays – and neutral colours. Pastel pink, beige, emerald green and black all pair well with just about any outfit, but you could rock a paired-back ditsy floral print or navy gingham scrunchie with denim or neutral outfits, too. Go big with a bulky scrunchie, or keep it simple with a smaller, more hair-tie like size. You can even opt for a bow if you really want to relive your childhood nostalgia, but we think we’re going to leave those scrunchies for the kids. We are officially vintage, after all.
Simple sundresses, retro purses and vintage shoe silhouettes are just a few examples of current trends that give a nod to 1950s summers spent on southern European coastlines – think Gwyneth Paltrow in ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ or Kate Winslet in ‘Revolutionary Road’ – and bejewelled hair clips fit right into that aesthetic. Classic pearls are the most popular choice at the moment, usually clipped on the side of your hair in pairs or covering your hair tie if you go for a ponytail or half up/half down do. Go bold and colour-match your barrette to your outfit, or play it safe with a clip that’s similar to your hair colour. Roxy Jacenko has piggy-backed off the success of her daughter’s hair bow line, Pixie’s Bows, and created some gorgeous adult hair accessories – clips included – that offer an easy way to try the hair clip trend in particular. Opt for a classic velvet bow (or add pearls) or gorgeous hair pins. The beauty of this trend is its versatility – the choice is yours!
If scrunchies took us back to the 80s, and hair clips to the 50s, scarves are certainly a nod to the 1960s and 70s. Like scrunchies, hair scarves have been in vogue for a while now, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to try this trend for yourself. It may have been made famous by Grace Kelly, but you don’t need to marry a Monacan prince and buy a fancy convertible to look just as chic as the Hollywood star-turned-European royalty – the classic ‘head scarf around the head’ look is yours for the taking, if you’re brave enough. If not, try tying a smaller scarf around your bun or ponytail, or roll it up and tie it at the top of your head or the nape of your neck like a headband. A bandana print looks fabulous with denim (like a glam cowgirl!) while a bold black and white print works beautifully with soft lace pieces. Our top tip? Make sure you match your scarf with the colours in your outfit to really accentuate your look. Clashing prints is absolutely fair game, but is much easier to get away with if you stick to the same colour palette.
Usually a favourite for fascinator-opposed race-goers, the headband has recently proven itself as an everyday accessory, too. Kendall Jenner wore a simple black elastic headband on Ellen, and bold satin headbands were popping up all over this year’s Fashion Weeks – heck, even the Duchess of Cambridge dabbled in the trend on Christmas Day, rocking a brilliant burgundy headband that perfectly matched her smart burgundy coat. Hers costs $1600 Australian (no, those two zeroes are not a typo!) but you can pick one up for anything from $10 to $50 at places like The Iconic and Myer. The key to rocking this trend is to keep it simple – much like your scrunchie or silk scarf, make sure you match it to your outfit and don’t go too crazy with jewels, sequins or feathers if you want to wear it day-to-day.