These are the best hair accessories you can rock for work and play
Best hair accessories to wear to work
Lipstick? Check. Outfit? On point as usual. Accessories? On rotation because you’re relying on the same few typical pieces — we’re talking necklaces, earrings and the like — in your collection.
But if you’re looking to dress up your everyday work outfit, hair accessories are another way for you to easily incorporate stylish elements to your outfit while still looking professional and polished.
From hair clips and slides to barrettes and hairbands, here are 12 of our favourite. Get them on your hair now.
On days when you really need to concentrate at work, the last thing you want is your hair falling all over your face and distracting you from your important tasks. Which is why we’re asking to put your hair back — in style of course — with this feminine pink floral H&M hairband. Pair with a cream jumpsuit and nude pumps to let this headpiece stand out.
For those who love the fresh, feminine aesthetics of flowers but can’t seem to get onboard the floral print train, here’s a solution for you: Just slip these Accessorize flower slides into your tresses and pair with a cheery yellow sundress for that effortless, summer look.
Somedays, less is more, especially when you’ve got a statement orange outfit or a loud print co-ords to pull off. These simple metal hair clips from Mango will still add sartorial points without competing with your bold ensemble.
Add a touch of iridescence and shine to your monochromatic outfits by adding these abalone shell hair clips from Zara to your look. The pack comes in three different designs that vary in size, so you can decide to go minimal or go bold, whatever strikes your fancy.
Kitsch x Justine Marjan Rhinestone Gothic Boss Barrette, US$29 (S$39.78) from Shopbop
This barrette clip with crystal lettering detailing spells out for the boardroom who’s the girlboss. Don’t be afraid to make a bold statement with this flashy, crystal-encrusted barrette from the collaboration between Kitsch and beauty influencer and celebrity hair stylist, Justine Marjan.
Valet Ether set of two resin hair clips, US$41.30 (S$56.88) from Net-a-Porter
Do you prefer a pared down style or just have an inclination towards neutral colours that pair with just about anything in your wardrobe? These resin clips from Valet are perfect as they are easy to incorporate into your daily looks. Pair with loose, tousled waves and a linen spaghetti strap dress for the “I just got back from my beach vacation” look.
Lelet NY with crystals, US$78 (S$106.69) from Shopbop
This dainty hairpin is a glamorous yet very approachable way to hop on the hair accessory trend without going too OTT. The crisscross silhouette and delicate crystals embellishment give it just the right amount of sparkle to not be plebeian, but not enough to look overtly showy.
Rosantica with crystals, $125.79 from Net-a-Porter
This isn’t your run-of-the-mill standard gold hair clip that just clips your hair into place and calls it a day. It features slim dangling chains studded with tiny crystals that move with you as you move your head, giving your whole look an ethereal beauty. Complete the look by slipping into a long laced maxi dress. You’ll be looking and feeling like an angel.
Marc Jacobs with crystals, US$95 (S$129) from Shopbop
You know what they say: diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Even though these aren’t bona fide diamonds, they look bling enough to look the part. That means that we simply cannot pass up on adding this to our accessory cabinet and continuously wear it on repeat on lazy days when our outfit needs a little more pizzazz than usual.
Nothing gets more exquisite yet rugged than this classy rusted-looking gold-plated hairpin from Lelet NY that resembles the wings of a phoenix. Style tip: pair this hairpin with a more ostentatious one for elaborate outfit days or wear it alone for minimalistic days.
Lelet NY plastic and beaded, $136.27 from Net-a-Porter
Skip putting real flowers in your hair as an accessory, and opt for this plastic one that will never wilt. It’s the perfect everlasting floral hair accessory that will look the best with a pastel purple blazer of the same hue.
Jennifer Behr with faux pearls, $175 from Mytheresa
A big fan of glistening pearl accessories? Consider wearing them in your hair instead of always wearing it as a necklace. Or, get the best of both worlds by wearing a layered combination of pearl on pearl accessories. Alternatively, match it with yellow gold accessories that complement the hardware.
Simone Rocha crystal-embellished hair clip, $205 from Mytheresa
Who says that crystals and pearls are only fit to be worn on as rings, earrings or on necklaces? They look equally stunning as hair accessories. This Simone Rocha hairpin is crafted from silver-tone hardware, and features shimmering glass crystals and smooth faux pearls. It will make for a much eye-catching style when paired with long, loose tresses.
Balmain Paris Hair Couture hair barrette gold leather, €245 (S$377.44)
Say a sleek ponytail is your go-to hairdo for work. But as you know, wearing the same look repeatedly can get a lil boring. A quick way to dress it up is to insert this Balmain hair barrette into your ponytail and voilà, you’ve instantly elevated your mane into one that’s dressy and sophisticated. Wear with a feminine ruffle dress for a contrasting effect.
Evoking the springtime, this V-Floral Garden left hair clip features crystal floral embellishments set atop a gold hair clip. This is a timeless and feminine piece that you can always turn to for its glitzy powers of jazzing up an otherwise plain all-black or all-white outfit.
A crisp ballerina bun will not only help you look professional AF, it also helps to create a face-lifting and slimming illusion. This Burberry silk hair scarf takes it up a sartorial notch with its TB monogram and stripe detail. What’s more, it is totes easy to use — all you’ve got to do is slip the elasticated closure around the bun and it’s settled.
Sophie Bille Brahe Grace Blanc 10-karat gold pearl hair slide, US$571.03 (S$786.51) from Net-a-Porter
Whether you’re using it to keep your fringe back or to jazz up your messy ponytail, this Sophie Bille Brahe hair slide is a perfect finishing touch to your staple work midi dress, thanks to its dainty freshwater pearl. Elegance personified.
Prada studded nappa leather headband, price available in store
Spotted on the likes of local celebs Carrie Wong and Sheila Sim, Prada’s latest headbands have been well-received for its girly yet statement-making silhouette. This gold studded number will add an edge to any of your work outfits and we recommend complementing them with studded heels.
Etro paisley-print hair band, price available in store
Add a splash of boho chic to your pantsuit ensemble and knot this colourful paisley printed Etro scarf around your head. We love that this band is also multi-purpose — you can turn it into a turban or a bandeau top even. We like.
Gucci crystal interlocking G headband, prices available in store
Channel the style of the roaring twenties (i.e. The Great Gatsby vibes) by adorning yourself with a flapper dress and topping it off with this crystal Gucci headband. We know, it’s not exactly work appropriate. So throw on a blazer (here’s our guide to the best blazer for your body type) to keep the look conservative enough for the office and take it off before heading to an after-hours party.