Why This Old-Fashioned Accessory Is One of the Most *Now* Things You Can Wear

Time to surgically remove the black elastic from your wrist.

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As far as cinematic hair accessories go, you could do a lot worse than Mulan's comb. In fact, as far as *any* hair accessories go, IRL or onscreen, you could again do a lot worse than Mulan's comb—right now, especially.

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In recent months, the hair comb has gone from the bottom of your rubbish drawer to the runway (Dolce & Gabbana, Bottega Veneta, etc.) to Jen Atkin's Chloe and Isabel collaboration to the pulled-back bangs of best-dressed model Caroline Brasch. This time, however, they've abandoned their granny/bad-'80s associations for more minimalist, forward-looking pastures. (Though actual antique, hand-carved teeth holding your half-up-do in place would give off pleasantly off-kilter vibes when paired with, say, a technical fabric Rachel Comey dress.)

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So instead of tortoiseshell, wood, or ghastly fluorescent yellow plastic (blegh), set your sights on a Lucite version from coolest-of-the-cool retailer Lisa Says Gah or a gold filigree Trademark model so ornamental it could double as an imperial door knocker.

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There's no (other) really wrong way to wear them, but some final bits and pieces to consider: 1) a symmetrical, one-on-each-side look is fine, but a haphazard, all-over Rodarte Spring 16 application is better. 2) Tucked into the curve of a side braids joined in the back is good too. And 3) if you do end up going off to war in your father's stead, *don't* leave yours behind.

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