Hair scrunchies are synonymous with Eighties and Nineties fashion, or at least they used to be. Part of a retro comeback, scrunchies are here to stay. Perhaps it is because they are so versatile – once associated with a young and sporty vibe, they are now much more sophisticated and can be easily worn for any occasion.
With oversized bows or luxe finishes, scrunchies can actually add glamour to minimalist ensembles. They can be worn with a sleek updo, adding textures like satin and patent leather, or can accessorise a messy bun with pearls or ribbons. When added to an already elaborate curation of hair accessories they make a statement, but for less of an impact can even be worn around your wrist as a bracelet (much chicer than an old hair tie).
What’s more, they prevent any kinks or snags that can cause damage to your hair. So with that in mind, here is our edit of the best 20 scrunchies available to buy now.
From sporty spice to the Tiger King, animal print is always in fashion. Add subtle hints of it to your look with this leopard scrunchie.
Leopard print scrunchie, £20, Rixo
This Sixties-inspired floral print is very evocative of Fendi’s SS20 show and the scrunchie is designed to give the illusion of a tied-up silk scarf. Wear with messy hair on the Amalfi coast.
Silk-twill scrunchie, £220, Fendi at Matches Fashion
Embellished with a removable pearl, this versatile scrunchie adds the perfect touch of glamour to even the most casual of outfits. Pair with some matching pearl earrings for a preppy look.
Pearl embellished scrunchie, £225, Miu Miu at Matches Fashion
A towelling scrunchie is great for poolside glam and sporty, Nineties-inspired updos. Accessorise has a great selection in a whole host of summer colours.
Towelling scrunchie, £5, Accessorise
Alex Gore Browne
A wooly scrunchie is great and not just for a more wintery hair style, but Alex Gore Browne also recommends wearing her scrunchies on your wrists as cuffs – a fun way to add a pop of collar to dreary days.
Silk/merino scrunchie, £40, Alex Gore Browne
The versatile diagonal cuts on this Eugenia Kim scrunchie can be tied into a loose knot, bow, or even left to blow in the wind. Great to add a touch of drama to jeans and a tee, or a chic addition to a smart summer look.
Two-tone scrunchie, £139, Eugenia Kim at Farfetch
Ganni’s scrunchies all coordinate with their ready-to-wear, so match your scrunchie to your dress for a the ultimate Nineties throwback.
Satin scrunchie, £20, Ganni
Printed with Versace’s heritage baroque print, this silk scrunchie is synonymous with the 1980s. Pair with some chunky gold earrings and a red lip.
Silk scrunchie, £100, Versace at Matches Fashion
New street-style favourite Scandi brand Stine Goya has nailed the luxe scrunchie. Wear on a night out with friends, and pair with a pretty matching blusher.
Metallic scrunchie, £12.50, Stine Goya
Love Shack Fancy
Cult American brand Love Shack Fancy’s USP is vintage and whimsical floral prints. Captured here in this floppy bow scrunchie, it can be worn layered to beautify a messy bun.
Set of two floral cotton scrunchies, £45, Love Shack Fancy at Revolve
Manokhi is a brand that is famed for its good quality leather and outlandish styles, so naturally they are a favourite among top models worldwide. Dip your toe in with this in-your-face scrunchie as the perfect accoutrement to an LBD.
Patent scrunchie, £77, Manokhi at Farfetch
LA-based jewellery maven, Sophie Buhai, has (luckily for us) turned her hand to hair accessories. An elegant piece of jewellery in its own right, this freshwater pearl-encrusted scrunchie is perfect for sweeping your hair up, or wearing as a bracelet.
Silk and freshwater pearl scrunchie, £220, Sophie Buhai at Ssense
Lily and Lionel
Instead of the Eighties and Nineties pop world that scrunchies are traditionally associated with, this playful pair hark back to the more hippie and whimsical accessories of the Seventies. Wear with white summer dresses and bare feet.
Mismatched scrunchies, £45, Lily and Lionel at Liberty
Notting Hill-based Hayley Menzies does not shy away from bright and patterned prints which are epitomised in this scrunchie. Combining her most well-known prints, wear this scrunchie with confidence and some simple gold jewellery.
Silk scrunchie, £27, Hayley Menzies at Willow & Wolf
Playful yet sophisticated, this Marc Jacobs scrunchie packs in a lot for a great solo statement. Add it to a loose chignon or a high bun, it will look great anywhere.
Polka dot scrunchie, £55, Marc Jacobs at Luisaviaroma
Printed with Etro’s signature paisley print, these scrunchies are the ultimate holiday companion. They will imbue any outfit with a sense of sparkle – whether that’s dancing at a festival, sightseeing in a city or relaxing poolside.
Set of two silk scrunchies, £65, Etro at Net-a-Porter
Specially made with mulberry silk to prevent hair breakage, Slip’s scrunchies are a great investment. Take one to the gym, pair it with your pyjamas, or add the handy detachable bow for a glamorous evening look.
Silk detachable scrunchie, £36, Slip
Summer holiday perfection, this scrunchie can take you from beach to bar. Wear it with Hunza G’s cult matching leopard-print crinkle swimsuit and then add a wrap skirt for evening activities.
Crinkle scrunchie, £30, Hunza G
Maryam Nassir Zadeh
Inspired by late night raves and sea creatures alike, this scrunchie by New York-based designer Maryam Nassir Zadeh is playful to the extreme. Pop it on the bottom of a plait for added drama.
Silk satin scrunchie, £65, Maryam Nassir Zadeh at Net-A-Porter
Hard to show through an image, this scrunchie is oversized to the extreme and could easily replace a hat in certain scenarios. Made with crinkled organza-jacquard and woven with sparkly stripe, it radiates quality and will add a statement to even the simplest of outfits.
Oversized organza scrunchie, £110, Stvdio + Jennah Rainier at Net-A-Porter
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