Many agree that nothing in fashion is new. Rather, fashion is about interpretation, a viewpoint we wholeheartedly agree with! Accordingly, when we noticed that a slew of stylish stars were interpreting an essential accessory—the headband—in new and exciting ways, we were intrigued! Yes, dear readers, thanks to stars like Nicole Richie, Rihanna, and Isabel Lucas, the headband is once again making a major style statement! On that note, if you are ready to get in on the action, click through to today’s Accessory Report for all the need-to-know details on this must-try trend!
The first thing to note about this trend is that it isn’t limited to any one occasion. For instance, in May, Isabel Lucas accessorized a Louis Vuitton dress with a gold headpiece and matching earrings for the MET Ball in New York City. We love that Isabel chose a statement headband instead of opting for a necklace or bracelet. By doing so, Isabel has given her outfit a distinctly personal twist and ensured she will stand out from the crowd! To put together your own red carpet-ready ensemble, pick up Aqua’s Grecco Twist Front Dress ($112.05) and pair it with ONE by Eddera’s Laurier Headband ($145) or Litter SF’s Drugstore Cowboy Head Piece ($229).
Not only is the headband fit for any occasion, but it is fit for multiple occasions! For example, Cara Delevingne wore a beaded hippie headband to the Glastonbury Festival last week, and then wore it again to the Serpentine Summer Party in London. Both these events have different dress codes, proving that not only is the headband versatile, but that it can be used to give any outfit a signature twist. To give Cara’s party style a spin, pick up Maria Luisa’s Garden Dress ($237.90) and team it with Ken Paves’ Crystal Beaded Wide Headband ($75.20) or Urban Outfitters’ Jersey & Wood Bead Braided Headwrap ($6.99).
Elizabeth Olsen is not just an up-and-comer on the silver screen, but also on the red carpet. In May, Elizabeth stepped out for the premiere of Martha Marcy May Marlene at the Cannes Film Festival wearing a sequined The Row dress and a matching headband. The look instantly evokes the glamour of the flapper era, but still feels really modern and fresh. Plus, this outfit would look right at home at a cocktail party or fashion industry event. You can give it a try by picking up Adrianna Papell’s Sequin Trim Shift Dress ($178) and then simply adding Deepa Gurnani’s Crystal Headband ($49) or Forever 21’s Embellished Bow Headband ($7.80).
Nicole Richie has long championed the headband—she has even designed headbands for her House Of Harlow 1960 accessories label—so we weren’t surprised to see her step out in a gold iteration for a charity event in West Hollywood in April. We like the way Nicole has used her headband as part of a set of statement jewels, rather than making it the focal point of her outfit. By doing so, the outfit feels chic and casual all at once, making it perfect for a daytime event. To compose an equally chic look, pick up American Retro’s Short Dress ($240) and pair it with Haute Betts’s Madam Headpiece ($125) and your favorite gold necklace.
Leave it to Rihanna to give this must-try accessory trend her own unique twist. Yes, dear readers, rather than try a bejeweled version, Rihanna stepped out in West Hollywood in April wearing a blue bow headband. The look definitely evokes thoughts of Alice In Wonderland, and accordingly, is a playful way to accessorize an ensemble. To try a hair bow this summer, we suggest you check out Urban Renewal’s Bandana Turban Headwrap ($18) and Topshop’s Jersey Bow Headband ($20), or create your own using a lightweight scarf. They will add a fun twist to any ensemble, but we recommend you follow Rihanna’s lead and pair yours with bold prints.
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