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Do or Don’t: Hair Ribbons

Do or Don't: Hair Ribbons

Have you noticed the comeback of hair accessories — like scrunchies and headbands — over the past year? There’s another pretty look we’ve been loving lately: the hair ribbon. When worn in tousled hair, the vibe is less Cindy Brady schoolgirl and more effortless. I’ve seen them in silk, velvet, tied in a low ponytail or looped above a bun, and you could wear a bow to a party or even with jeans during the day.

Here are five lovely ones: velvet, patterned, barrette, short and long.

Thoughts? Would you wear one?

P.S. Everyday earrings, and a sexy top for winter.

(Top photo from J. Crew.)

  1. Love hair ribbons. I think they’d be a little difficult to put in your own hair though :l Well I’d find it hard anyway!

  2. Jo says...

    So lovely

    Kiss kiss.*Jo

  3. We absolutely are obsessed with the hair ribbon!

  4. Arlene says...

    Yes, I recently at Christmas time wore a red satin ribbon in a low tousled ponytail, with a red lip and red blouse, simple crystal earrings, black slacks and low black heels and I felt fabulous! I’m 44.

  5. Kimberly says...

    I’m 44 and I love wearing my long hair tied to the side with a satin ribbon or with a ribbon tied behind my ball cap for casual days. Never too old for ribbon!

  6. Laurie says...

    I love the ribbon. I’m in my late thirties, but think with some tweaking the typical girlie use to low with simple silhouettes it looks thoughtful and put together.

  7. K says...

    Though I’m sure it looks casually pretty on certain women, at 36 I would feel childish wearing a bow in my hair. It also would never hold a perky ponytail, since I have thick, long, heavy hair.

  8. Mira says...

    LOL @ a $38 piece of black ribbon from Nordstrom

  9. Emily says...

    I wore a black velvet ribbon in my hair recently and my five year old daughter was confused by it. “Why are you wearing a ribbon, mommy?” I think she thought it seemed young/childish. She has since worn it in her hair :)

  10. Christine says...

    I love this trend – but $128 for a ribbon barrette???? C’mon. That’s a little much.

  11. Katie says...

    I’d love to but my hair is too short for a ponytail right now! I did just buy a long clip on bow tie that I’m excited to wear with a button up shirt

  12. Kait says...

    I’ve worn large barrettes (instead of hair ties) and bows as hair accessories for the last 12 years. I made my own because stylish ones were impossible to find!

  13. camille says...

    This trend is not for me, but I think it would have been helpful to include a DIY link as well, although the readers here are smart enough to look that up themselves. Just a thought for future posts to encourage resourcefulness and taking a step away from the constant purchasing of the next hot thing.

  14. Emily says...

    i wore two in my braids every day as a little girl, but i don’t think it’s the right look for me now. i have, very occasionally, used a silk scarf to tie up my hair in the summer. i guess because it’s a little wider, and not a bow it feels slightly more sophisticated? (or maybe i’m kidding myself).

  15. I love the look of velvet bows and hair ribbons and I’m so glad they’re back in style! I just forget to use anything on my hair…

  16. Amy says...

    Hard pass! I used to love hair accessories (headbands, scarves, feather clips, flower clips) but when I hit 40, I just felt ridiculous wearing them. Maybe these are okay for the youngsters, but I’ll keep my hair simple and accessory-free.

    • Jasmine says...

      This. Give all the hair bows and scrunchies to my 12-year-old :)

  17. I like headbands (discrete ones), but I just can’t see myself wearing a ribbon…

  18. sasha says...

    Years back, my husband, kids and self were interpreters at a living history farm/homestead, so we dressed up 1890s authentic. This is all I can think of with the frilly, ruffled, lace blouse trend, and now hair bows too. Why does fashion want to make women look like it’s the 1890s?
    Anyway, I’m not a hater, if you love it wear it. I never stopped wearing overalls.

  19. Deena says...

    Um, no. The 80’s called and wants its hair accessories back! Never liked them past the age of 5 anyway.

  20. Laura says...

    something i will never forget
    when i was in 6th grade i remember walking down the hall at school with a male classmate. a girl from our class walked past, her hair was pulled back in a ponytail with a bow. the boy next to me turned to me and said “a girl with a bow in her hair is just asking to be raped”.
    i remember nodding and just filing that away in my head. i never wore a bow in my hair again.
    i mostly remember my reaction. i remember that his comment didn’t even remotely shock me. it was as if he said, “the sky is blue, you know”. i just accepted it as gospel. it was many, many years later that i realized what a horrifying interaction that was.
    we were 12.

  21. Ilona says...

    I love hair ribbons, but as a 42-year-old mum of two I think I’d look crazy. I used to wear them in my 20s and early 30s in a retro 50s/60s way, but sadly I think I’m a bit too old now to pull it off!

  22. Sadie says...

    My friend Carrie told me in college, “When I don’t wear makeup, I put a ribbon in my hair.” I have been taking her advice since 2003. I don’t usually tie a bow on, but after seeing this in a few places, I might!

    I am all in for barrettes and hair jewelry.

  23. Sara Scott-Curran says...

    Sooooooo into it! Been rocking them since fall and I can’t get enough!

  24. julie says...

    cup of jo influencer problems….when you link back to an old post and all the blouses are sold out!

  25. Meggles says...

    I just can’t do it. I already lived through the 80’s.

    • Eliza says...

      Yep! BTDT, no second round thankyouverymuch.

  26. Karen says...

    Susan Sarandon wore a ponytail with a bow at the Golden Globes and looked very chic. I think the girlie-ness of the bow contrasted nicely with her demure black suit. I say it’s a DO with understated outfits.

  27. I 100% would if I hadn’t chopped my hair off a few years back. I don’t have enough to tie! I would definitely go to M&J trimmings and take my pick of ribbons there, and tie it myself rather than doing a barrette. I actually have a couple ribbons from there I sometimes wear tied with a bow as a bracelet.

  28. Suzy Prince Quinn says...

    $128 for a ribbon bow on a barrette??!!

    • Angela says...

      No kidding! This thing better sing me a Broadway musical and do my taxes!!!! For the love…

  29. Andi says...

    It is definitely a DO! So Brigitte Bardot.

  30. Kate says...

    Can’t in London, its part of the Hooray Henry uniform!!

    • Erica says...

      I had to look this up – what an amazing term.

  31. Amy says...

    I think this exemplifies the only true “rule” of fashion worth paying attention to – do what works for you. There are so many rules! If you’re “x” age it’s ok, if you were around for the first wave of popularity don’t do “y”…I’m 40. I was around for overalls, flannel, leg warmers, ribbons, chokers, etc…I would never wear a choker or a ribbon because they just don’t suit me, but I love flannels and I look sexy as hell in overalls and a tank. Nothing to do with age or what’s on trend, just what looks good on me. So I say rock the ribbons, ladies, if it makes you feel good 😊

    • Nellie says...

      Amy I love your comment almost as much as I love your attitude. I have no doubt you look smoking hot in a pair of overalls. Bravo.

    • Sara Scott-Curran says...

      YAAASSSS!

    • Jeannie says...

      Well put!!! <3 What works for some may just not work well for others. Trends are lots of fun, and ultimately folks should feel comfortable wearing what make them feel most like themselves/flatters them.

  32. I really like the look but it’s a little too girly/ juvenile for my own tastes. Appreciate when others wear it though!

  33. I think ribbons can look good on others but I would not wear one myself. I already often am mistaken for younger than I am and I think this would just exacerbate that. I do, however, like sparkly more elegant barrettes to dress my hair up for weddings.

  34. Sarah says...

    Oo here’s another Do or Don’t: Putting your own holiday card on the wall/fridge with the ones your friends sent to you…
    Or, even trickier: Putting your own holiday card on the wall/fridge twice, once for each side, because they both have nice pictures, but with some other cards in between so it’s a little less obvious….

    • Mary Margaret says...

      So funny; both of these are a total DO!

    • Lindsay says...

      I’ve never done holiday cards but if I went to all that effort, I wouldnt be hiding that sucker!

    • Renee says...

      My five year old said that we put up our friends’ pictures, but we love him and his sister best…so we should add our card to the display. I hadn’t thought of it that way, but agreed and hung it up with pride!

    • Sarah says...

      All good responses. Well, we’d already unabashedly put up the front. Now I feel like we can sneak the reverse side up too.

  35. Sarah says...

    I wore a pretty rose gold triangle barrette to a friend’s wedding last summer, and even with one of those invisible elastics under it, it slipped out of my fine, straight hair at some point during the dancing and I never saw it again.

    Unrelated, but it looks like the model in the picture is wearing a body suit. I keep seeing these while online shopping – does anyone wear them in real life? Are they comfortable? Do you have to fully undress to pee? I’m somewhat interested because I really want a v-neck wrap shirt that isn’t a crop-top and these are all I can find that look like they’d fit close to the body, but I can’t bring myself to pull the trigger!

    • Max says...

      I’ve recently gotten into wearing bodysuits cause they work so well under skirts and don’t create any bunching like a tucked in shirt would. I only get ones with a snap crotch so that bathroom stuff is easy :) Have a black turtleneck one that gets worn weekly.

    • Sophie says...

      I’ve had a few and I really love them. I pretty much always tuck my shirt but the bodysuit means no bunching and a tidy fit- also no exposed back/ tummy when leaning forward/raising arms. If you don’t want to get fully undressed though, look for press studs at the bottom.
      I don’t know if they are for everyone but I for one think they’re great!

  36. SB says...

    Love the bow, but this girl urgently needs a jeans that fits!

    • Lisa says...

      Came here to say this :)

  37. Alexandra says...

    I bought mustard and tan suede clip in bow 9 months ago. It’s lovely. But I have not worn it… I can’t quite bring myself to keep it in and wear it outside the house!

  38. Elle says...

    This is my avenue! I have thick, curly hair and I have been corralling my hair with a ribbon to make a topknot/bun, pull hair back off my face, or weave it into an updo with braids since high school. I can definitely see how it can feel a bit “school girl-ish” but I think for me it works & makes me feel youthful but not necessarily young. To those who are skeptical but may want to try, i think it helps if the color is close to your hair color (or a neutral) and not too long/big. Then I suggest trying it with a top knot to give a laid back look or with a sleek pony with wavy ends to give a softer look. :)

    • Michelle says...

      I need a pic to see how you use a ribbon in a curly-hair updo! It sounds lovely.

  39. Linda says...

    I’m 33 and have the jcrew ribbon tie in black and pink. Love the extra style it gives my outfit. I have received a lot of complements when wearing them to holiday parties/work/school pick up.

  40. Ashley says...

    This looks cute in an editorial spread on the exact right person with exactly the right styling. In real life, I know my husband would just be asking me if I’m late for cheer practice.

    • Amy says...

      😂

  41. Laura C. says...

    Well, after reading comments and thinking about my first impression, I use to put ribbons on my daughter’s hair for the school (she wears an uniform) and I remember seeing my gyn wearing a Scottish tartan themed one some years ago and I thought it was very classy and chic. Then some years later I stole one of my daughter’s but I couldn’t go out of the door. Felt ridiculous.
    So basically I agree with some of the readers who say that’s a trend for the model above.

  42. Good look:)

  43. Laura says...

    We just watched HP and the Chamber of Secrets with our kids and that image is a dead ringer for one of Lucius Malfoy’s hairdos.

    • Brook Escobedo says...

      OMG!!! I just watched that and thought the exact same thing!!!

  44. Vaish says...

    Omg my mouth almost hit the table when I saw the price on that barrette! I definitely appreciate the sentiment of sharing a beautiful accessory, but there is NO way a hair clip is worth that kind of money. And on a deeper level, I’m a firm believer in fashion being accessible to everyone. I really push back against the idea that fashion is somehow only reserved for the ‘bourgeoisie’, especially because girls and women already have SO much pressure on them about body image and what they’re wearing, that the idea that you have to spend some amount of money to stay on trend drives me up a wall. Everyone deserves to feel pretty/cute/fancy without having to spend their life savings. If I ever have daughters it’s an important lesson I would like to pass on. I like that Cup of Jo provides multiple price range options for folks, but I think that barrette missed the mark! I mean it’s just a barrette!!

    • Kara says...

      I agree that expression in this way should be accessible to everyone, but the problem with “multiple price points” is that the cheaper options don’t take less long to make, or use fewer materials, or travel less far. If you’re paying less for something new, someone somewhere is shouldering that cost, and it’s usually the person making it. I’m not saying J Crew doesn’t use exploitive labor practices, and I’m not ignorant of the marketing markup on things that don’t send a penny anywhere down the production line. But I do object to the notion that people who want to pay less are entitled to do so at the expense of fair labor practices abroad. The way to have something for less is to buy it used or make it yourself. Maybe in the future CoJ could include a DIY for this sort of thing under the affiliate links. It’s certainly not brain surgery to tie a piece of fabric in a bow and sew it to a hair clip.

    • Kara says...

      Also, the aforementioned affiliate links may be precisely why there’s no DIY or cheaper option. Affiliate links keep the lights on. CoJ can’t pay for server space or contributors’ salaries with super relatable comics about which items in your home stress you out, or the wisdom we get from Ashley Ford. If you want that without a paywall, you have to accept the “things to buy” roundups.

  45. Diane says...

    I am nearly 64 years old, and wearing a simple black ribbon as shown in the photo is lovely at any age….. did you hear that? ANY AGE. My hair is shoulder length and straight, and I wear it with ease not caring what anyone thinks. At this time in life I feel I have earned my stripes, so to speak, and can do whatever I want…. and who wants to futz with your hair at age 64? Not I. Be who you are, ladies and don’t let the world dictate your looks….

    End of rant by old woman.

    • Katie says...

      Love it! Thank you for this!

    • A million times yes to this comment! I’d been feeling so weird about turning 40 but when I mentioned it a friend was like “Congratulations! It comes with so much freedom”. It helped reframe my internal dialogue from “I can’t do that! I’m 40! “to “What do I care? I can do what I want. I’m 40.”

    • Laura C. says...

      @Diane, thank you very much milady!
      @Danielle: Exactly!! We’re 40 and we’re free!

    • Katherine says...

      I’m 32 and found my first solidly gray hairs the other day. I cried when I saw them, not because I was sad, but because I was proud. I have earned those gray hairs; I embrace them and feel I have more freedom to be fully myself because they are there. I wasn’t expecting to feel relief when I found gray hair, but it felt like finally exhaling after holding my breath for too long. Who knew grays could be so revolutionary?!

  46. Oh my goodness, the memory comes flooding right back… When I was in 6th grade, hair ribbons were a thing. The internet wasn’t a thing and I hardly had any style at that point. those two things lead to the big misunderstanding that I should’ve put my hair up in a ponytail holder and THEN tie a ribbon around it. I thought all these flawless magazine models had just tied their hair up in a ribbon!

    My arms tired as I tried time and time again to tie my stick-straight hair up in a ponytail with this white ribbon. We were going to the pool that day and I wanted to show off my new self—signified by this perfect trend execution. So I kept trying… and trying. Finally (FINALLY!) I got it! The whole family loaded up in the station-wagon and on the drive, I tried desperately not to move my head too much to keep the ribbon in perfect place.

    At the pool, I strutted to a reclined chair and dropped my bag down. I took my clothes off to reveal my swimsuit. I paused—in all my style glory—to see who was there to see me and if anyone was looking. There were not the crowds applauding that I expected. Maybe they were coming later? The thought of preserving the ribbon by swimming with all the younger children in the shallow end was a brief consideration. But then I did an excited running dive—perfect form—into the deep end. Of course, that was the end of the perfect ribbon tie.

    Thinking of this now, there are way too many metaphors that are applicable to my adult life. Instead of being embarrassed about my young vanity and ignorance, I’m choosing to be proud that I’m still diving into the deep ends of life.

    • Claire says...

      I love this story! Thanks for sharing it!

  47. Kate says...

    Lately I’m much more into looks that make me feel powerful, together, and/or sexy in an adult way. This feels too “little girl” to me, or at least, I don’t think I could stick the landing.

    • Laura C. says...

      Same for me Kate!

  48. Heather says...

    Yes! I enjoyed the trend the first time around and this time around too. As someone with long hair, it’s nice to dress up a bun or ponytail when I don’t feel like going through the effort of styling it down.

  49. Lana says...

    This reminds me of the Sex in the City episode where Big sees a woman wearing a scrunchie and Carrie says there’s no way she’s from NY. Lol!

    • Brigid says...

      Was it Big or that guy who broke up with Carrie by post-it?
      Berger.

    • Laura C. says...

      Hahaha I thought the same Lana!

    • Samantha says...

      Yes! I came to make the same comment. But it was Berger ;)

  50. Emmie says...

    I have been wearing a faux black leather ribbon clip over a low ponytail like the picture for years (I think I got mine from HM). It looks super professional and special, perfect for those Fridays when you don’t want to do your hair but don’t want to look like a total slob. Love it.

  51. Amanda says...

    Yes, but not any of these pre-made bow options which look more trendy and 80s. Like others mentioned go to a fabric or paper store. A beautifully cut velvet or silk ribbon tied around a section of hair is so chic!

  52. Heather says...

    Scrunchies & hair ribbons remind me of the junior high cheerleader I always wanted to be as a kid. I’ve lived through it, so I don’t think I can participate a second time around!

  53. Liz C says...

    No thank you! Looks better on others, but not me!

  54. Vicki says...

    Hmmm … What would Audrey do?

  55. Liz Marcil says...

    I’d wear it on a trip to France, perhaps black during a day spent wandering in Tuileries Garden or pink while picking up lavender and a fresh baguette in Provence. Outside of these fantasy scenarios, non :)

    • sasha says...

      I love this comment Liz :)
      In this fantasy, I’d be wearing black pedal pushers, a Breton tee, and absolutely that ribbon. I’d be carrying a casual bouquet of tulips (peonies?), thoughtfully bought for me by my new French boyfriend, Jean-Luc.

  56. Arti says...

    Here is my rule about fashion trends: If you are old enough to have worn the trend the first time around, then you are too old to wear it again. End of story.

    • Laura says...

      Yep. My ’80s leg warmers don’t need to make a comeback.

    • Stephanie says...

      This is hilarious! And excellent advice too.

    • Lisa says...

      Yup. I can NOT get with scrunchies, though I do now wonder what happened to my massive scrunchie collection. I could have sold them for millions now as vintage

    • Britney says...

      I SO agree with this. It’s why I just haven’t been able to get on the 90s clothing vibe that all of my teenage students are wearing!

    • MJay says...

      Agree! I take a hard pass on chokers, body suits and the other trends I wore the first time around. Although I still have a few leftover scrunchies, but those are for wearing in the house only. They are great for buns and keeping my hair off my neck.

    • sasha says...

      Meh. Wear what makes you happy. I never stopped wearing overalls. Pockets!!

  57. I actually just bought a charcoal grey velvet hair bow at my local Loft outlet for $6. I find myself wearing it with a low tousled side ponytail to jazz up some of my minimalist outfits, like black skinny jeans and a grey sweater. At $6 it’s a trend I could enjoy without blowing the bank. I’m sure whether this trend really depends on what type of hair you have. I have fine, flat, dirty blonde hair that always looks a little messy so the “tousled” look is my default. Ha.

  58. Courtney says...

    Nooooo!

  59. Sandra says...

    They are a no for me….I wore them in college in the 80s and feel like now I’d look like Trey’s mom from Sex and the City.

    • m says...

      Hilarious!!! You made me laugh out loud.

    • Caitlin says...

      Bunny’s back!

    • Heather says...

      Bunny!!!!!

    • OMG yes, Bunny!! This look is so not for me.

    • Kelly says...

      Totally! Resounding NO!

      (Was her name Bunny btw?)

    • Aimee says...

      Ha! I wore big satin bow barrettes the first time around in the 80s, and I found one on FreePeople a few months ago…so stoked. I wear it and proudly rock my inner Alexis Carrington (sans the shoulder pads, tho). I also have long wavy hair and wear it kind of messy, so it kind of veers a little more bohemian than 80’s power accessory. I think.

  60. Elizabeth says...

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the feelings that resurgent trends from the 80s and 90s elicit in me. My reactions help me to understand the way my mom would react when I started wearing bell bottoms in the eighth grade, or her response to my mid-century modern furniture. (She is not a fan.)

    Why I wonder, do we tend to reject things that originated in the era of our childhoods? Is it fear that by adopting those styles, we will be the same as the women who never stopped wearing them in the first place? Is it fear of getting older? I’m really interested to hear what others think!

    • Bonnie says...

      For me it is a fear of getting older, if I am honest.

    • I’m not afraid of getting older and I want to look my age. I don’t want to look like a little girl at almost 40, and I think bows have that connotation.

    • Mollie says...

      Love this insight. My mom hates my mid center furniture too. When I asked why, she said “it’s what my parents liked! I don’t listen to Frank Sinatra, so why would I want a couch like that?!”

    • Claire says...

      It depends on the trend, but sometimes there are just unpleasant or uncomfortable associations with a style (hip hugger bell bottoms- and I know this is weird- remind me of having menstrual cramps during the school day- this was before Advil or even Midol was available); other times I have simply aged out/ outgrown it, and because of my changing body type it is uncomfortable and doesn’t look right on me (halter tops or cropped tops, for example). Sometimes it is something that maybe I didn’t like during the time it was fashionable due to personal aesthetics, and other times it’s a practical, common sense issue (I’ve never felt confident walking in platform shoes).

    • Sandra says...

      For me I think it is being excited by new things, and wanting to feel like my fashion sense is evolving in some way. Going back and wearing a hair bow, acid washed jeans, etc. would feel the same to me as going back and dating my 11th grade boyfriend.

    • sasha says...

      Sandra, acid washed jeans! Oh. My. Word.
      Are those back? I miss a lot ;) I feel like if you are going to do the acid wash you really have to do your hair like you are auditioning for a White Snake video, for the sake of authenticity.

    • Elizabeth says...

      These answers are so great! After reading them, I think my discomfort comes from the feelings that are dredged up by trends from that era in my life. Like, I would not want to go back to the version of myself that spent a whole weekend endlessly calling that guy from art class, only to find out he was dodging my calls via caller ID (cringe!), so I also don’t want to go back to the babydoll tees and the platform shoes I was wearing while I made the calls.

  61. Cynthia says...

    It’s easy to go to the fabric or craft store, buy ribbon and make your own. You can find how-tos on the internet. $128 for a ribbon is ridiculous.

    • Laura says...

      Yes. Utterly ridiculous.

    • Al says...

      or if you really wanna go crazy check out Etsy! People sell these for like $7 bucks a pop (which is still crazy given it’s a ribbon glued to a barrette) but much better than $128.

    • Meghan says...

      Agreed. I saw some nice velvet ribbon at the thrift store for $0.25 yesterday.

  62. Cynthia says...

    Not for me- too sweet and girly. I like it on other people though.

  63. Kate says...

    I’ve been wearing black ones for a couple years now and it really has dressed up low, tousled pony tails. It’s 2 seconds that makes my hair look intentional vs. day 4-5? (☺️) of dry shampoo. Love!

    • ResearchWarrior says...

      This is a great trick! What type of ribbons do you use?

    • Emmie says...

      Yes, this is exactly how I utilize the as well. Day 4-5 “polished” low ponytail.

  64. Bridget says...

    no. not unless you are high school or younger or getting married. no.

  65. A says...

    No, just no!

  66. Elizabeth says...

    I love hair ribbons for ponytails, but people, please, go to a fabric store and limit your purchase to a few dollars. Spending $128 on what appears to be a ribbon is insane.
    Scrunchies make me think of that scene in “Sex and the City” where Carrie identifies a tourist (God forbid there are *tourists* in NYC) by a scrunchie.
    I’m sorry to say this, but some styles and fashions are for the very pretty, and I’d put most hair accessories in this category. In this vein, unless you are stunning, no pigtails, and *no one* should wear pigtails with ribbons. Ever.

    • Natalie says...

      Ah- when I saw the price on the barrette one I thought the same thing!!! Get a glue gun and some dollar store barrettes and go crazy but please for the love of God- don’t spend $128 on that 😬🙈! Also- have you seen the Amy Sedaris show where she and Rachel Dratch pray before crafting and bless those without junk drawers and googley eyes ha ha!

    • Hannah says...

      YES to the pigtails comment! I’ve seen maybe two people in my life pull off grown-up pigtails and that was two too many honestly (I’m excluding braided pigtails because I’ve down the Kylie Jenner boxer braid trend, don’t ask how that happened).

    • ResearchWarrior says...

      Exactly! When I see trends like this, I have to think, “do I admire this because it’s a fashionable idea or does it just look great on this nonchalantly gorgeous model at a sidewalk café in Paris?” Usually it’s the lifestyle (and croissant) I want, not the bow.

      Also, I saw this suggested by bloggers a lot in Dec for holiday parties, and I kept having flashbacks to wearing matching velvet dresses with my sister… at age 7.

    • Oh, c’mon, don’t be so dictatorial. Women CAN wear pigtails with ribbons if they want — provided they are under the age of 6.

  67. brianna says...

    Yes. It wouldn’t be a good look on me, but I think it’s a classy, pretty look.

  68. Claire says...

    I like this version – it looks sophisticated. Personally, as an older woman I would have to be careful about hair ribbons, and I would certainly never pay a lot of money for it. For me a trip to the fabric store would probably do the trick.

  69. Hannah says...

    The last time I wore a hair ribbon, I was 10 and it was on my rat tail. Now, there’s a trend that’s due for a comeback!

    Love these, especially with jeans!

    • Sabrina says...

      Rat’s Tail!!! I was trying to explain this phenomenon to my husband the other day!!!

  70. Kay says...

    As of 8pm every night (okay, maybe not weekends) my hair goes up into a pink, pineapple print scrunchie — crucial for French chic tousled hair the next day! And I LOVE the hair ribbon trend – just got one in black and another in dark green from Simon’s and often get complimented on it. Love pairing it with dark lipstick for a grown-up look :)

  71. Ann-Marie says...

    Was literally just searching for one on Etsy a few days ago! Ha. I’d like to try it out! :) I’m a fan of half-up hair and never quite know what to use to hold it up!

    • Aw, thank you Emiley! I didn’t purchase one yet — that was one I saw, too! Couldn’t decide on which attachment. I think the barrette makes the most sense…

      Definitely all about supporting small businesses. :)

  72. Caitlin says...

    Definitely do! so classic and cute.

  73. T says...

    I think this *might* work for certain women with a minimalist style and long, straight-ish hair (basically, the model above). I think most of us would end up looking like sister wives.

    • Rachel says...

      LOL

    • Julie says...

      hahahahahaha

    • Florencia says...

      Haha! I think it’s a cute look and was starting to think I could pull it off until I read your comment, and now I fear I would look like a sister wife- so I’ll hold off. Thanks for the laugh!

    • Heather says...

      I actually spit water on my desk when I read this comment. Hilarious!

    • Britney says...

      BAH!! YESSSSS.

    • Anna says...

      almost spit out my sushi on my desk laughing

    • Kate says...

      oh god you are right!

  74. britta says...

    I ADORE this trend. Just ordered a satin barrette from Free People and it’s the best. To keep it from looking to childish, I wear it with a vampy lipstick and jeans.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      love that!

  75. Asri says...

    I’ve always loved hair ribbons, even though I’m probably “too old” for it to some people. I get ribbon by the yard at craft stores. I think I like them so much because my mom wore them them when she was growing up. She had a different color every day, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt style :)

    • SK says...

      I have been doing this for a few years, and like commentators above have said, craft stores! Sold by the yard! I have at least ten one yard ribbons that I cut in half and use on braids, buns, and pony tails. It is so charming and I always receive compliments! Velvet bow and a vampy lip has been my go to this season.

  76. ALV says...

    I like this and think it looks cute- but $128 for a ribbon on a barrette seems bonkers.

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Hi Alv! Jennifer Behr’s hair accessories are so beautiful, we wanted to include her version, but most of the examples above are under $10-15 .

    • Elise Richardson says...

      i thought the same thing! with a hot glue gun, velvet ribbon and metal barrette you can make your own as there’s nothing unique about that $128 version.

    • Gnatalie77 says...

      I think the $128 barrette is for those with more money than sense! :)

  77. Shanna says...

    My 15 year old found a scunchie to be a revelation of fabulousness. I cannot imagine revisiting that one.

    • Claire says...

      LOL!

  78. Natalie says...

    I think it is a beautiful, romantic look but for such an easy and effortless accessory, it makes me cringe a bit to see a barrette that is over $100! Grab a hair tie and a lovely ribbon a la Elizabeth Bennett and call it a day! Might have to try this out for Valentine’s Day xo

    • Natalie says...

      Plus, if you make your own you can customize fabric, length, color, etc. exactly to your liking!

  79. Anne says...

    I recently revived my high school hair ribbon, not even realizing it was trendy! My holiday outfit was too blah so I tied a bright red silk bow at the bottom of my braid. Not an everyday look, but it was fun to switch it up! I feel super cool now

  80. Meg says...

    Ribbons and bows were all the rage when i was in college (late 1980s). We would refer to some girls as “bow-headed” and it was not a compliment!

  81. Sarah says...

    Yes! I like the look of the model at the top, casual and romantic and the same time.

    • Sarah says...

      * at the same time

  82. Mags says...

    $128 for a hair ribbon! Wow! I kind of like the trend, but not that much. Also, I don’t think it will last long.