You know Auntie is chic, when can’t-do-wrong American designer, Alexander Wang brings back at his Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week, what many of us have come to affectionately call the oh-so-’90s giant jaw clip.
Eeeks. Noooo… Really?!
Yes, in the sleek and always cool world of Alexander Wang, the auntie jaw clip, or functional hair grip (originally used by hairdressers), is stylishly called the claw.
It comes in just the one right size that allows you to wear one or two at once, in just the one supremely cool colour (chrome silver), and has A Wang’s moniker emblazoned on it (but of course). Fashion is forever coming full circle, and this humble clip as accessory is a case in point.
I first knew of the hairdresser’s jaw clip, when I was just a tiny tot, and liked to tag along with my mum to the hair salon. Back then it was just a functional clip to keep mum’s hair-towel firmly in place, and sometimes to separate bunches of her hair. These days, salons still use them for any number of purposes.
The ’90s, however, was a glorious golden age for the jaw clip. Stylish women (and our office in the publishing industry was teeming with them) thought nothing of piling up their wavy bobs and over-the-shoulder shags in a twisted topper and holding it all in place with said giant clip.
The look was part pineapple, part waterfall, part floppy fan, and we liked it. The jaw clip was (still is) a great way to deal with growing out hair, to keep cool in hot weather, and to create a quick up ’do, not to mention give thin hair the illusion of volume.
Just ask Jennifer Aniston, who made the jaw clip look like the fashion version of a tiara, especially when she employed it just above the base of her neck, giving the back of her head a sexy bump.
Sometime in the noughties, this ubiquitous hair accessory went into hiding, and while many women still kept one in their handbag/glove compartment/toiletries pouch, the clip might as well have vanished from the public eye, all because someone wicked called it out to be an “auntie”.
I remember looking high and low for a pair in the shops recently, when I needed something to keep my strands dry while brushing my teeth. It took me a while. That was how far it has faded into fashion oblivion.
Pre-A Wang’s claw, some days I still wore my trusty auntie clip out merrily. I was, and still am, not shy about it, because auntie is as auntie does.
I am of auntie age after all (grandmother even, depending on the age of the company around me), but I also believe that style is ageless, and that one should strive to be of an ageless style, which you can have with jaw clip 1.0 or 2.0, also known as the claw by A Wang.
My version of a jaw clip up ’do has no straggly strands resembling pineapple leaves, a fan, or a mini waterfall. Hair is neatly tucked into the grip, and because I like to wear the clip fairly high, the result is a tad like a classic chignon.
There’s also something to be said about Alexander Wang’s updated iteration of the jaw clip. It’s more rounded, fulsome, yet understated; futuristic, and quite simply sexier. It’s meant to sit on sleeked back hair, with strands neatly tucked into its ample jaws and out of sight. I would go so far as to call it the new power dressing accessory.
One makes the look work- and boardroom-friendly. Wear two and it gives you the edge of an absolutely trendy fauxhawk. I think auntie is subjective, and you could do a pretty awesome look even with a plain old supermarket jaw clip. But if it has to be just the A Wang hair claw to revive the trend for you, I totally get it too.
- Loosely and nonchalantly – with your hair part up and part down. Keep it messy and slightly unkempt.
- In place of a hair tie, to give your ponytail a sexy edge, and your crown more volume.
- Be dramatic and wear a pair, side by side, like Princess Leia buns.
- With your hair down, long and loose. Just use the jaw clip to catch a portion of your locks in the middle and at the back of your head.