‘Tis the season for a fun festive party, but deciding what to wear for your office party or just a get-together with pals can be a bit of a stress. Fear not, I’m here with great news: hair accessories will *literally* save the day if you’re having trouble choosing a party look.
A bejewelled clip, a velvet headband, or a patterned scrunchie are all items that will jazz up any party hairstyle and mean you can pull out that old LBD from the back of your closet and give it a new, modern twist so it feels fresh.
When it comes to hair accessories, – particularly for party season when ruffles, bows and all things sparkly fully take hold – anything goes. Whether you wear loose waves with a cute Alice band and a pie-crust shimmer blouse, or opt for a messy, relaxed updo accompanied by some little sparkly pins and a velvet blazer, it’s easy to elevate your party look a step further with a key hair accessory.
Designer barrettes (think velvet Chanel and embellished Gucci) are of course *the dream*, but let’s be real: who has £500 to spend on a hair clip? Not I, my friend, not I. Luckily, the high street steps in every season with fantastic new designs that look super decadent, but without the caveat of a high price tag.
Read on for my favourite party hair accessories on the high street now, and get ready to sparkle…
The glittery slides
Tort is the go-to brand for hair accessories, inn my humble opinion. And its glittery slides (which come in several colours), are the best way to finish off your party hairstyle. Wear both with some loose waves for maximum impact, either together or on each side.
The beaded clip
Missoma’s gorgeous range extends to hair accessories too, and their clips are major. This circular number comes in a couple of other colours too, with the pearly one being most party-esque. Secure a half-up, half-down ‘do with this cutie.
The sweet bow band
Really lacking in inspiration? Reach for any form of bow — especially one in headband form like this. It’ll look cute with a little velvet dress and can be worn with updos or loose hair. Plus, it comes in several other shades if you want to make more of a statement.
The chic scrunchie
If you’re keen for something you can wear again post-party season, a tweed scrunchie will be the way to go. In a structured fabric and with a metallic thread running through, it works now with a slinky dress, and again later with a white T-shirt and a blazer.
The embellished headband
Giulio hair accessories are so insanely cute, it’s worth checking out the full range if you haven’t yet. This stunning hairband will see you through all sorts of occasions where party hairstyles are necessary: weddings, evening ‘dos, and even just nights spent bar hopping with friends.
The statement sparkly set
Want to get more bang for your buck? Buy a set of clips to mix and match. You could wear these all at once (if you’re feeling brave and want to layer up), or one alone will still have major impact and looks great with a pared-back party dress.
The classic pearl barrette
A large hair clip can work wonders on any hair type and will feel super secure no matter how much hair you have. Try this classic pretty one by The Uniform which will go with any outfit thanks to its neutrality. Team with sweet gold hoops.
The bold scrunchie
Yes, scrunchies are officially cool again, promise. If you’re going to get one, make it an apologetically bold number, like this one by Newt. Made from sustainable silk, it’s super luxe but also affordable, and can be worn for all occasions even after party season.
The subtle golden clip
Want to really up the ante with some golden glitz? ASOS’s golden crocodile clip will serve you well. Use it to add a subtle glamour to an evening updo or half-up-half-down style, and add an edge to a simple party look. Perfect.
The crystal hair piece
You just know you can count on Mango for some great affordable party hairstyle accessories. Its current offering is super chic, and this crystallised hair piece is no different. Wear it with a slick bun and an understated LBD so it can really shine.