Accessories are a girl’s best friend. Whether your dressing for an evening soiree or primping for a day date, embellishing those tresses is the key to a well put-together appearance. But picking the perfect piece to polish off a top-notch ‘do can be a challenge. Between selecting shades of scrunchies and sorting through dozens of classy clips and bedazzled barrettes, it takes some serious skills to accessorize a hairstyle. So we sat down with celebrity hairstylist and accessory-master Bobby Eliot to find out how to pick the perfect accessory like a professional. Read on for some killer tips and tricks to adorning your ‘do.
Ensemble is Everything
When it comes to accessory selection, you should consider your entire ensemble: clothing included. “I would say it starts off with what they’re wearing” Eliot says, “That usually determines everything!” From color coordination to all-around aesthetic, the key to accessorizing is creating a cohesive look. “I’m not so much into just using an accessory just to use it. It has to make sense with the total look.” Eliot explains.
Source Inspo Images
Sourcing inspo images is a must when it comes to picking the perfect piece. “I think it’s always important to have visuals and to have an idea of what you want” Eliot recommends. From vintage-inspired pics to street style snaps, visual references can help you create a look that works as a whole. Eliot often looks to decades past when it comes to inspiration “I love the 60’s for referencing hair accessories. It was such a playful decade” he says, “I also love the glamour of the 40s. It was decadent and so glamorous!”
Consider Your Hair Texture
When it comes to your individual tresses, texture can definitely impact accessory selection. “The texture is so important because it’s such a huge part of the silhouette in a look” Eliot explains, “it can distract from a look if you’re not careful.” Your accessories should compliment your mane’s natural texture. Opt for simple embellishments: a gold grecian headband on messy waves, a few glitzy barrettes with those wild curls, a simple silk ribbon on a loose low pony.
Don’t Go Overboard
It’s easy to go big when it comes to barrettes and bows. But going all-in on the accessories can overwhelm your appearance. “The biggest mistake I would say is over-accessorizing!” Bobby says, “I think you should have fun with hair accessories but know when it’s too much for the look.” While accessories can certainly stand out they should never detract from the overall look. Simpler staples may add more than you think!
A workable wardrobe is key. Accessorizing is a process, but adding some staple selections to your repertoire is a must. “A staple everyone should have it some black velvet ribbon (double sided velvet!)” Eliot recommends, “and a chic Lelet NY Barrett and Lelet Bobbi! Ultra-glam looks can come from just a few versatile barrettes and baubles.