The bow is leading the charge as one of this season's biggest hair accessories, but if the saccharine ribbon sported by Willow Smith in Chanel’s Fall 2016 eyewear campaign or the sumptuous fur tied around models’ fairytale curls at Fendi’s recent couture romp doesn't tickle your fancy, we have a slightly edgier option: heavy metals. In contrast to the ultra-feminine hair ornament, barrettes and shiny accents in gold and silver instantly amp up a basic bun or classic ponytail.
Shay Mitchell dazzled in a sequined Just Cavalli number at the Teen Choice Awards in California last month, but the column of gold rings running down the back of actress' head (a concept devised by hairstylist Chris Appleton) really stole the show. The red carpet look called to mind the jewelry wire mane master Guido Palau used to wrap small, face-framing sections of models' strands at Valentino's Fall 2016 Couture show.
If piercing and binding aren't your bag, consider slipping on a simple-yet-stunning headband like Amandla Stenberg, or clipping a cuff onto a braid or two (as seen on Beyoncé and Gabrielle Union). A haphazard cluster of classic bobbies pinned to one side like Kristen Stewart is a cost-effective way to accessorize, while Dior's super-sized snap clip is undoubtedly worth the splurge. Another budget-friendly option is hair pro Jen Atkin's new line of covetable clips and combs created in tandem with New York-based jewelry label Chloe + Isabel. The sleek and sophisticated baubles have been spotted on everyone from new mama Chrissy Tiegen to wild child Cara Delevingne.
For a more ornate finishing touch, consider pumping up a mundane pony like RiRi with a cluster of Bad Gal-worthy barrettes from British designer Ashley Williams. That, or take what's on your head to the next level with the ultimate piece of hardware: a crown fit for a modern couture (or pop) princess.
Go for the gold (or silver) by shopping the slideshow above