A Holiday Hair Accessory

Photo (left) by Kevin Tachman ; Photo (right) Olivier Claisee/firstView. Both from Vogue.com

From the moment I saw this dreamy hair clip last winter in Rodarte’s Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear collection, I was smitten. Not being a heavy user of hair accessories (I always forget to wear them), I was surprised at how much I admired this little piece of shine. Somehow it seemed perfectly sophisticated yet brassily fun at the same time. So, I searched and hunted for it…only to come up empty handed. Turns out the pins were produced in limited quantities and, alas, I was not on the waiting list (not that they were in my price range anyways at $600 a pop).

We are now at the end of 2012 and the fashion world is talking about trends for 2014 and beyond, but I just haven’t been able to get these cosmic hair pins out of my head (pun intended?). Given the originals are unattainable, I turned to alternative options.

Etsy DIY version

Luckily, the web is filled with step-by-step DIY instructions for making your own Rodarte-inspired hair clip. Find two great tutorials here and here. I have to admit I took the lazy route and purchased a handmade version someone else DIY’ed from Etsy (you can purchase here for $12!). I am very much looking forward to ringing in the New Year with a nice smattering of stars casually affixed to my hair.