Yes, grown women can wear hair clips. Here's why

Shark clips at Alexander Wang.
Shark clips at Alexander Wang. Photo: AAP

Think about what you wore to your high school blue light disco.

Chances are for women of a certain age it involved a boob tube, low-slung jeans (as an aside: the style most likely to strike dread into the heart of most women is set to make a comeback by 2020) and a whole lot of hair clips.

Perhaps it was an artful smattering of glittery butterfly clips, or all of your hair bunched into a shark clip apart from two tendrils left at the front or held back with barrettes or snap clips. There was probably a scrunchie involved.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How many hair accessories can you have 

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So it might be a source of bemusement to discover that the painstakingly constructed hairstyles of the '80s, '90s and early 2000s, styles which might have previously been a source of cringing, have inexplicably made a comeback.

What’s more, the look is a whole lot less "school girl" and now something you might be able to pull off in the office.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@paulinaking12 

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Though it’s not all that surprising.

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As Vogue pointed out in December, nostalgia was the key trend of the year.

According to Google’s annual report on trending searches the top four fashion searches were: 1980s fashion, grunge fashion, 1990s fashion, and 2000s fashion.

So far, so been here before: fashion is cyclical. Never throw out your butterfly clips.

For current examples there’s Gucci doing bedazzled hair slides, Alexander Wang sending his models down the catwalk with their hair in shark clips for his winter 2018 show, cool London brand Rixo applying its modern vintage printed aesthetic to a line of scrunchies, and Australian brand Reliqua adding pearl-adorned hair clips to its range of on-trend jewellery.

Meanwhile, Roxy Jacenko has just launched a new line of adult Pixie’s Bows to complement her children’s line should you want to dabble in cute/slightly alarming mother/daughter dressing.

Hair accessories have been worn by Alexa Chung, Leandra Medine of Man Repeller, journalist Pandora Sykes and many more women of style and with a lot on their plates. Women, you might say, who'd like to clip their hair back off their faces and just get on with things.

Because, yes the trend has an appeal that is in part due its nostalgia factor.

As hairstylist Guido Palau said to Harper’s Bazaar of the shark clips at Alexander Wang, "I love the way that something that's been around and has a funny connotation can come back.”

But there’s also something in the liberty of a childish accessory becoming acceptable for grown-up women.

It’s a little rule breaking, it defies the idea of “mutton dressed as lamb,” and it proves that being an adult doesn’t automatically mean a sensible chignon or a "mum bob" is required.

It's also super easy to pull off and will hide a lot of hair problems, from ill-advised layers, to hair that needs a root touch-up. Oh, and it will make you look like you've put more effort in than you really did.

Judging by the robust chatter on my "girls Whatsapp" group chat, it's for these reasons it's proving popular with mothers.

As one friend says of the trend, “Being a new mum and looking down the barrel of 40 instead of 30 I’m now hyper aware of falling into daggy mum territory … I think hair accessories have a generally youthful vibe, so it could be the accessory I didn’t know I needed.”

Another mum friend says she’s been saving Instagram images of hair clips to build the courage to wear them to a wedding but also loves them because they are “so bloody practical”. Any mum with little time to do their hair but in need of a pick-me-up can certainly relate.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Really into this assassin look. @editionhotels

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For further proof the trend is an approachable one, look to beauty entrepreneur, author and mother of two, Zoe Foster Blake.

Her exuberance for a blingy hair clip, whether for a fancy corporate event or shilling her new book Love with hair clip merchandise, is perhaps unparalleled.

In part because, as Foster Blake puts it, hair clips are a godsend for anybody stuck in the hair purgatory of growing out a fringe.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I know all this love stuff is getting a bit heart to stomach. Sorry.

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But mostly because they’re an easy way to feel both youthful and also that you’ve gotten to a place where you actually don’t really care what other people think.

Which is quite possibly the biggest sign that you’re ready to revisit a trend you first trialled in high school.

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