I was browsing through the hair accessories department of Nordstrom last week when I overheard a conversation between two young women. They were discussing the recent popularity of headbands, made so popular by the Gossip Girl vixens and the runway looks of Juicy Couture, concluding that the look is ephemeral. Yet they failed to recognize that headbands have been around for centuries (so they can hardly be called a trend!) and they are the ultimate hair accessory.
The headband could possibly be God’s greatest fashion gift to women: they can save you from a bad hair day, they instantly add a feminine flare to your outfit, and (best of all) they are universally attractive, working well with all hair types and styles.
A few things to remember when picking out your band:
1. Shape and Color Matter
Since I have a fuller face and dark brown hair, I know to pick a wider band and to avoid tortoise shell and black (they just get lost in my mane).
2. Plastic Hurts
I like to call it a head(band)ache: the constant throbbing of the head that can only be relieved by removing your tight, plastic headband. Try an elastic bandâ€”they retain their shape and are far more comfortable.
3. Keep It Simple
Don’t complicate your look with other jewelry (earrings, necklaces, etc.). Keep other accessories to a minimum!
Headbands Through the Ages
1. Portrait of Madame RÃ©camier J.L. David c. 1800
2. Jackie Kennedy c. 1970
3. Whitney Houston c. 1980
4. DVF Spring 2009 RTW
5. Givenchy Spring 2009 RTW
6. Jennifer Behr Encrusted Crystal Padded Headband $725
7. Linen Flower Headband $20 (looks so Chanel!)
8. Pluma Feather Headband in Purple $48