January 8th, 2019


A ponytail is my default hair style, but it’s annoying when driving and can put a lot of stress on my hairline. Barrettes solve these problems and I have a sizable collection. One of my favs is this tortoise circle by La-ta-da, which is sold at Target (J. Crew has a larger version), and Amazon has a terrific selection of bar barrettes in all sizes. Years ago I had a brass circle by Céline, but it was so heavy it just slipped out of my hair. I’ve just ordered this clip by Charlotte Chesnais and hopefully it will stay put.


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  • I love the look of a barrette in long hair, or even pinning back the bangs of a long bob. We wore them constantly as kids. But I’ve noticed that on the east coast of Canada where I grew up we pronounced them BAR-ettes with the emphasis on the first syllable. And that pronunciation is not universal. How do you pronounce the word in your neck of the woods?

    Sue BurpeeJanuary 8th, 2019  10:02 AM

  • Thanks for the reminder; a barrette is a nicely pulled together look. I love your choices. Another great spot to pick them up is at a local pharmacy. My favorite for hair accessories is Zitomer’s Pharmacy on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. They have an extraordinary selection.

    GigiJanuary 8th, 2019  10:48 AM

  • Wondering if Alexandre de Paris is still open on upper Madison Avenue? It was a charming tiny boutique full of hair accessories where I always stopped to pick up tortoiselle barettes and combs for my daughter every time in New York.

    PaulaJanuary 8th, 2019  9:02 PM

  • I’ve worn my hair up for years…it’s fine, but there’s a lot of it. Like your experience with the brass celine barrette, anything too heavy will slip out and puts too much stress on my scalp. I have a favorite J. Crew tortoise clasp in my bowl full of barrettes and have found most France Luxe clips to work the best. There’s a large selection of styles/textures/colors to look at on their on-line shop.

    LisaJanuary 9th, 2019  9:00 AM


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