Headpieces, fascinators, hair accessories—there are plenty of names for the finery that we like to decorate our manes with, and they’ve certainly made a comeback this year. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is credited for their return to popularity (she asked everyone attending the royal wedding to wear one), and traditionally they’re worn at the races. But if you aren’t ready to pull off a feathered concoction (like the masterpieces by London’s favorite milliner Philip Treacy), you can try something a little smaller at your next party. We spoke with New York City-based hairstylist and Redken creative consultant Guido Palau for some tips on how every girl can wear a hair accessory. Beauties, will you rock a headpiece to ring in the New Year?
Kate Middleton (who is now known as the Duchess of Cambridge) loves to wear a feathered fascinator at a wedding or special occasion. She even wore a maple leaf-inspired topper while touring Canada earlier this year! “Catherine has really bought the hair accessory back into fashion,” says Guido. “Good for her!”
A Sparkly Tiara
“Hair accessories are a really easy way to personalize your hair,” says Guido. “They don’t have to be expensive either. We used really pretty diamanté tiaras at the Louis Vuitton show, but you can find something similar for a cheaper price that looks gorgeous. It’s a way to show that you’ve made an effort.”
“Why not try a DIY hair accessory?” asks Guido. “Creating something yourself is inexpensive and can look just as beautiful as more intricate pieces. Beauty shouldn’t be about money.”
Add a Flower
Sarah Jessica Parker loves to accessorize with oversize headpieces, and this fabric flower is the perfect match to her glitzy Halston dress. “A flower is a classic item to add and it doesn’t look like you’re trying too hard,” says Guido.