Bobby pins are necessary for keeping most styles in place, but the general consensus has always been that they’re something that should be carefully concealed, not shown off—like the hair equivalent of visible Spanx. Surprisingly, we’ve actually seen the bobby-pins-as-accessory trend blossom on the runway and red carpet in the past few years, but that’s where we’ve left it. Strolling down the street with ten black bobbies stacked on top of each other warrants more than a few befuddled glances from passersby.
But by now it’s safe to say that if a look has been publicly endorsed by a Kardashian, it suddenly sparks a movement that makes it totally kosher for the regular gal to sport, too. Khloé Kardashian brought bobby-pin style to the people yesterday when she Instagrammed a shot of her ponytail, accented on one side by so many pins we can’t even begin to count.
We may very well have a bigger trend on our hands thanks to Khloé, but the truth is that this is something we’ve seen before, on models at Cacharel, Cushnie et Ochs, Zac Posen, and more. Hair accessories can easily veer into tacky territory, but we’re pretty into this look—it’s a cool, understated way to add an accent without going totally OTT.