I use french barrettes on all my bows, except for the ones that are under 3" wide and made from 3/8" wide ribbon. I use clippies on those, unless someone requests otherwise. Everyone that orders from me asks for the french barrettes. I usually ask what kind of clip/barrette they prefer. When I make bows ahead of time for a party or a show, I use french barrettes, and if someone wants a bow like it, but want a clippie, I just do a custom order for them. Hope this helps!