The Street Style Guide to Wearing a Headband (Without Looking Totally Juvenile)
When my editor first assigned me this story, I was aghast. The last time I wore a headband for any reason other than to hold my hair back while I washed my face or worked out was junior high.
And looking back on those photos does notmake me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Instead, it summons the bad kind of nostalgia. The humiliating kind. The I-can’t-believe-anyone-let-me-leave-the-house-like-that kind.
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But after doing some street style research, I’ve discovered that headbands aren’t actually that bad. In fact, they’re pretty cute. (Not gonna lie—I actually just bought one for the first time in ages, and I’m excited to take it for a spin come autumn.)
Over the course of writing this article, I’ve gone from headband hater to full-on headband advocate. Because I’ve realized headbands can beextremelyhaute in the right context and with the right outfit and with the right hairstyle. You get the picture—there are a lot of moving parts. But when you nail it, you really, really nail it.
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If you’re not yet convinced (trust me, I’ve been there), flip through the below slideshow to get some sartorial inspiration. Here, how to wear a headband the rightway—according to our favorite street style stars.
Color coordination and some big, bold letters really draw the focus up toward this face-framing accessory.
The petite roses on this headband not only match the color of blogger Gitta Banko's chunky sweater, but they also seamlessly play into the geometric cables in her sleeves.
Blogger Caroline Daur's Miu Miu headband keeps her ears warm and her hair back, all while bringing an urban edge to her otherwise-preppy outfit.
A monochromatic outfit requires consistency—matching your headband to the color of your ensemble ensures your head's in the game.
A wide black base ensures that the delicate pearls on fashion blogger Vanessa Hong's headband really stand out. They're the perfect feminine accent to her snakeskin jacket.
Can you imagine a better way to enhance a playful, colorful outfit than by adding a little sparkle? There isn't one.
Repetition is one of the keys to good design. Wear the same pattern on your headband as in the rest of your outfit for an appealing aesthetic.
So, basically, wear a tiara.
Actress Elle Fanning coordinates her jewel-encrusted neckline with a similarly sparkly headband. Some mixed-in pearls put her ensemble right on the fence between whimsical and elegant.
Actress Isabelle Cornish wears a bright white headband, which provides stark contrast against her dark roots. The colors in her accessory tie in accent tones from the rest of her look.
Model Binx Walton accessorizes her laidback look with a bottle of champagne (iconic) and an athletic sweatband-type hair accessory. The bright yellow totally plays on the rest of her pastels, and the sporty material is super trendy right now.
A red headband might seem basic, but not when you're wearing an entirely colorblocked outfit. Pops of red tie the ensemble together in a neat little bow.
If you're a street style fanatic, you know no girly outfit is complete without a bit of edge. The perfect addition to this gorgeous, embellished dress? Studs.
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