January 08, 2008

Wide Headbands

Over the years I've always had these on and off phases with wide headbands. Personally they are quite flattering for me and I've always loved them. But they never really served much practical purposes i.e. keep fringe off face (not if I want it to be flattering anyway). And so after a while, I just end up just giving up on them (I had a fabulous black textured print one from Claires).
Well this season, my obsession with them is back. It first entered my mind early this season when I went to Burberry and tried on these red patent quilted ones (very similar to the ones above left), which looked SOOO nice on me! Then the other day I saw my friend wearing a similar red patent headband from Miu Miu (with different details), which looked soo fab on her! And of course, I've also been steadily
influenced by Blair's preppy and trendy use of headbands all season on Gossip Girl.

Now I really want a shiny bold colored headband to accesorize with this season. I have black hair so red (like Blair's above) would look great. I definitely want a patent one like the pink one above (right) from Miu Miu, except in red. Though come to think of it, one of my friend has this beautiful purple shiny satin wide headband from Barneys (similar to the brown one above left: Jennifer Ouellette) that she's been wearing for a while that looks gorgeous with her dark hair.... so many choices!
I guess at the end of the day the most important thing with bold wide headbands is that it matches with the rest of your outfit. Note how all her headband goes so well with the rest of her outfits. I especially love the white headband with the rest of her outfit (right) where there are white accents!
The turban styled headbands are also a good twist to the usual headbands. I am in LOVE with these turban headbands from Jennifer Ouellette (left) and Rachel Pally (right). In fact, I'd go so far as to say that I think the Rachel Pally headband at $38 (not on sale) is a bargain and I'd totally get it if they had it in red. Except they have it only in dark blue, dove (white) and black and I'll have to think about that. I just love the side twist thing!
Some easy colored wide headbands to go with your wardrobe from Claires (above). The trick to not making them look like its cheap I think is texture (if its shiny and plastic) and a clean cut (if its fabric print).
For something fancier I am loving these two from Miu Miu (left) and By Malene Birger (right). Normally I'd discard them at a glance thinking they are tacky and toy-like. But having been inspired by Blair, I think with the right elegant simple outfit, these would be the perfect accessory. And just imagine how gorgeous that blue would look contrasting against dark hair!

So far I got a kind of shiny wide bronze headband similar to the satin brown one from Jennifer Oullette (third one down), except the quality isn't as good since its only $10 as opposed to $50... but the effect is close. Now if only I can get my hands on a purple satin one and a patent red one...and I definitely don't mind a jeweled one (though I guess its not necessary)...... then my headband collection would be complete :)

Image Source: CW TV, Barneys, Net a Porter, Bloomingdales, Shopbop and Claires


Blogger Debbie Shiamay said...

I got 3 fat headbands myself! Ive been looking for one with a plaid design. The first time my dad saw it he said i looked like from the sixties but fashion is a cycle at the end of the day.

1/09/2008 1:59 AM  
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1/09/2008 3:29 AM  
Blogger {emily + russ} said...

i am so glad you showed the twist turban. since i can't fork it over for the prada version i was pumped to see pally's. mucho gracias.

1/09/2008 5:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm over headbands. i've seen them everywhere, getting sick of them

1/09/2008 5:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AWESOME headbands!!

1/09/2008 6:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wear them a lot lately because I don't particularly like my hair cut at the moment and have been putting off getting a new one. I find they really are flattering. Plus bright ones can add some extra interest to an outfit and brighten the face. They do make me look really young and doll-like though and they tend to fall a bit forward.

1/09/2008 7:13 AM  
Blogger Knikki said...

idk if it's cuz i buy cheap headbands, but they make my head sore and i have to take them off for a while.

1/09/2008 7:34 AM  
Anonymous carla said...

When you have to work all day (looking down and reading prescriptions), headbands become a godsend for keeping the hair out of your eye's

1/09/2008 7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a very, very similar one to the pally one in red! it's from h&m and it was only about 7.50$ but it doesn't look cheap at all!

1/09/2008 8:43 AM  
Blogger Serendipity said...

but how do you keep the full ones on your head? unless i wear the 'c' shaped one, it slips off the back of my head

1/09/2008 8:49 AM  
Blogger jenn said...

Oh, I am just starting to use wide headbands as well. Let me suggest Nordstrom Rack they have an amazing selection of high quality headbands for the same price as Clair's

1/09/2008 12:25 PM  
Anonymous Veronica said...

I recently purchased a satin jewel toned turban headband, and it's perfect. It's very classy looking and it looks great with my brunette hair.

1/09/2008 12:31 PM  
Blogger Marilyn Hepburn said...

I've gotten my best bands from Henri Bendel. They have the biggest selection

1/09/2008 1:10 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth said...

I've never actually considered wide headbands, but now I am!

Very cute!

1/09/2008 8:49 PM  
Anonymous Ellen said...

I used to wear headbands when I was younger, but they always slide forward and made my hair poof in the front. Not so attractive. I tried fat and skinny headbands but they were always cheap. Do the nicer ones not do that slide forward thing?

Also a red patent leather headband among others on sale at Burberry for $69 from 125. http://www.burberryusaonline.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2877628&cp=2127012.2175098&page=2&pageBucket=0&parentPage=family

1/09/2008 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Coco said...

I love headbands but wearing them makes my head hurt at the sides!! I always have to take them off after a while otherwise i start to get a headache!

1/09/2008 10:54 PM  
Anonymous tini said...

i love headbands, im happy they are back out, i feel kinda funny wearing them tho sometimes and am tempted to pull it off throughout the day.

1/10/2008 4:35 AM  
Anonymous Elle said...

headbands are a must for me, especially for those bad hair days. but i would be careful buying from the net, since you don't have the opportunity to try it on, the fit might be awkward. love the ones that you blogged on : ))

1/10/2008 6:58 AM  
Anonymous Anna Lane said...

Isn't it funny how headbands are coming back in style. This is a classic look, that keeps recycling... I just bought the cutest bronse leather wide headband by Vita Life at Bleu Clothing. It's really cute...


They only had a bronze one and black one...but sooo darling.

1/10/2008 10:08 AM  
Blogger Tessa E said...

cute! i love that fancy miu miu one; i agree that it would look fabulous on dark hair! very fun.

1/11/2008 11:20 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

question for all, do any of you wear glasses and find that it is very difficult to get a headband, thick or thin, to stay on without interferring with the earpieces of your glasses? This Drives Me NUTS! if you have any input please email me, I want to wear this style, just haven't had any luck. susan@jsphotoseattle.com Thanks!

1/12/2008 6:55 AM  
OpenID Overpriced Designer Man Bag said...

I like the turban-style headband as well.

1/12/2008 9:27 PM  
Anonymous ashesofstyle said...

I love headbands, but I think my favorite style is just a nice ribbon. I actually got a couple purple prada ribbons a couple years ago from the perfume counter at neimans, and I sewed two of them together and it looks great

1/13/2008 3:10 AM  
Anonymous Agnes said...

H+M has these fantastic turban style silk headbands in black and brown. I snagged one for myself! They remind me of the ones Blair wears on Gossip Girl.

1/16/2008 6:36 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

I found to-die-for headbands on an awesome web site: www.andreasbeau.com. These headbands are no only uniquely beautiful, but they are also comfortable. They've made me a total headband fanatic!

1/17/2008 8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooooh, I luv wide headbands! I get mine from www.stylishmode.com They're SO comfy!

1/30/2008 10:43 PM  
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Anonymous roni said...

I love these headbands! I've been thinking about making some myself; maybe i'll sell em that doesn't hurt the sides so you don't have to take them off after an hour!

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