Unlike the elusive bobby pin (you've either got a whole pack or you can't even find one, amirite?), the elastic never lets you down. But real talk: Even though you've always got one at the ready, do you *ever* use it for anything other than a messy bun/pony? Add a few more looks to your repertoire from the ones ahead, and never crawl on the floor desperately searching for a tiny piece of bent metal again.More
Most of us would arrange it so the loop rests at the nape of the neck, but there's a certain charm to falling-out styles, as seen at Derek Lam. Just make sure your outfit is more apéritif than après-gym—high-low, and all that.
Another loop...with a twist, har har. At Ryan Roche Fall 2017, stylist James Pecis bricoleur-ed a Topsy Tail, but with some care and practice, you could invert your pony without a special tool, then fold the tail onto itself, sticking the ends through the elastic to make a north-south bow.