It was a normal Wednesday night. I had just eaten dinner, my work was done, and I was craving a solid Netflix-watching session. Normally that means I lose myself in a five-episode binge of The Office, but I chose instead to watch Netflix's latest young-adult rom-com, To All the Boys I've Loved Before. It was already the talk of Instagram; I swear I'd seen the two lead actors' faces on my feed about 50 times before even picking up the remote. Alas, I was curious to see what all the fuss was about.
Fast forward to one hour and 39 minutes later, and I understood. The movie was adorable, the characters were relatable, and Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky were made for each other, okay? What can I say? It spoke to my inner adolescent heart—especially the part where he takes her favorite scrunchie and wears it on his wrist. From there on out, the humble scrunchie has a pivotal role in the plot. It encouraged me to take stock of my own scrunchie collection and to curate a list of the best ones that money can buy. Keep scrolling to see the eight scrunchies I'm sure would be approved by Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky.
Silk scrunchies have been the talk of the beauty world as of late. That's because they prevent friction, and subsequent breakage, from affecting your strands. These ones from Slip are probably the most well-known in the category. Do as Byrdie's assistant editor Erin Jahns does and use them to secure a low, work-appropriate ponytail.
If you prefer your scrunchie to be big and showstopping in true '90s fashion, then reach for these silk ones from Australian brand Shhh Silk (like Slip, it also makes pure-silk pillowcases and eye masks). This black scrunchie is soft, pillowy, and durable, which makes it perfect for people with thick hair.
This set from Urban Outfitters includes five uniquely patterned scrunchies, which means you can wear a different one on each day of the work/school week. It also means you're sure to have a matching scrunchie for almost any outfit you can dream up.
Here's another set of patterned scrunchies from Urban Outfitters. We had to include these because the light pink and pastel blue and green remind us of Lara Jean Covey's wardrobe aesthetic in the film.
These scrunchies come in a set (three scrunchies for $8 is such a good deal). We think the pink and red pair perfectly with the soft velvet texture. It gives these a soft and romantic vibe, which mimics that of the movie.
To us, this glitter scrunchie from TopShop is extremely worthy of being worn on Peter Kavinsky's wrist. Especially if it's during a high-school house party. Don't you agree? We love the slightly holographic silver finish.
As far as we're concerned, you can't go wrong with floral. (There's a reason Meryl Streep's character in The Devil Wears Prada says, "Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.") This pretty little scrunchie comes in five different flowery patterns. They're all chic, but we have a special place in our hearts for this blue-green pick.
Here's something you've probably never seen before: faux-fur scrunchies. We can't think of a better winter hair accessory. After all, they're chic and they're warm (East Coasters, we think you should take note in particular. These will surely be the only hair accessory you reach for come November).
In between viewings of To All the Boys I've Loved Before on Netflix, check out the prettiest wedding hair accessories.