The headband is back – and how!

The headband is back and bigger than ever.

Headbands, or some version of them, have been worn for centuries. In Mesopotamia, men and women wore headbands to keep their hair back, according to Dazed Digital. In ancient Greek civilization, champion athletes and poets were awarded with laurel wreaths, a headpiece that sat around the back of the head.

 

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Headbands became fashion accessories in the modern Western world in the 1920s, when flappers began wearing bedazzled, feathered versions of them. Even fashion designer Coco Chanel was a fan of headbands, as were Hollywood starlets throughout the entertainment industry’s golden age. In the 1980s, they gained widespread popularity in the form of sweatbands, and in the 1990s, it was all about padded styles, which are once again ruling the headband market. Hillary Clinton loved them back then and Pippa Middleton is a fan now. The Duchess of Cambridge has worn the trend, too.

 

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 The most notable iteration these days came from the Prada spring/summer 2019 show, which saw models strut down the catwalk in extra-puffy headbands in a variety of prints and colors. Some were even covered with embellishments, like pearls and studs. (The Italian label’s accessory has naturally spawned some apparent knockoffs.)

 

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The headband is back – and how!

These tiara-like hairbands are made of shiny fabrics or decorated with spikes, bows or pearls. Wear it preppy à la Blair Waldorf, or rock it with a leather jacket for a cooler look.