Hair jewelry always looks great on red carpets and Instagram influencers, but it’s often trickier to pull off in real life, when ornate head jewelry has the potential to skew more 90s butterfly clips than effortless adornment. Don’t get us wrong — sporting crystal wraps or metallic chains on your braids or updos is an easy, unexpected way to add an element of boho chic or high fashion to your run-of-the-mill updo or casual ponytail. But if you’re taking the risk, you need to do it right.
We’re taking hair accessory cues from the Spring 2019 runways, which featured everything from fresh flowers to oversized, embellished headbands. According to those looks, eye-catching hair accessories are trending in a big way, literally — but that doesn’t mean you have to kick off the trend with an accessory that eclipses your head.
The trick to making hair jewelry look chic is to start with small and delicate pieces. A metallic cuff around your top knot or vintage chains woven into your braids is a step in the right direction. Here are some very doable ways to rock hair jewelry IRL.