Trending: Padded and Knotted Headbands & How to Wear them

Last year the big headwear must-have was the baker boy hat. This year it’s all about headbands…Sure this is probably a staple you wore in middle school or associate with Blair Waldorf on the steps of the met, but the halo headpiece is one of the top trends right now. If you’re really wanting to go for it, the bolder the better and if you opt to take on the trend, you’ll be in good company with the likes of Kate Middleton and Leonie of Oo Couture (a headband frequenter). I pretty much wore a headband every single day of London fashion week. It was just enough of an accessory to give my everyday outfits that extra touch and when it came to early wake up calls, rushing to and from events, and needing a hairstyle that held it’s own and actually help up all day —- headbands are the closest thing to dry shampoo in an accessory.
I’ve rounded up LOTS of options to go as bold or as understated as you’d like and few ways to style them if you’re needing some inspo in the hairband category.
Headband: Bluetiful | Dress: Oasis | Boots: Sandro | Bag: Mansur Gavriel
Headband: Bluetiful | Earrings: Vintage Dior | Lipstick: Laura Mercier | Foundation: Charlotte Tilbury
Headband: Bluetiful | Earrings: Vintage Dior | Dress: French Connection | Bag: Mansur Gavriel | Boots: Sandro | Coat: Maje (SOLDOUT)


If you’re really wanting to go for it perhaps for fashion week, an event, or just a fashionable day — go for the padded headband. Prada has a coveted collection out right now that peaks up to £300! While cushion and volume is encouraged in the headband department, the bigger the price tag isn’t always the better. Bluetiful Milano (Where I purchased my Red Headband from LFW) is extremely similar, and sells padded headbands for under 100 pounds. I wore the red with a bold lip and neutral dress for fashion week, then also re-styled it with an oasis dress for an afternoon at the museum. It’s a bit costume-y and definitely channels the vibe of a Renaissance halo — but I really found it fun and loved the sleek look with bold vintage earrings.
Headband: Zara | Dress: House of Lancry | Shoes: Barney’s New York
 Headband: Zara | Dress: House of Lancry


For something Knotty and high street, look for a wrap style with less all around volume and more of a knot, like this velvet band from Zara. Knots are always a great way to get some headband volume, without going full-force Halo Style like the editorial characteristic of the padded headband. This option is a bit safer if you’re not sure you can pull of the look. When in doubt, go with black, but as spring approaches, don’t be afraid to go bolder, adding in hues like Mustard Orange or a luxe candy-orange red.
Headband: Zara | Dress: Markus Lupfer | Bag: Mansur Gavriel | Coat: Zara | Earrings: Principessa Venice | Boots: Sandro
 Headband: Zara | Dress: Markus Lupfer | Bag: Mansur Gavriel | Coat: Zara | Earrings: Principessa Venice


When it comes to styling your hair with a headpiece and not looking like a 4-year-old, part your hair wherever it feels natural for you. If you’re going to add a little tousle or curl, nows the time to do so. I always add Oribe Texture spray – never hair spray — to give my curls volume. From there, slip your headband on, either around your head if it’s an elastic style, or slipped on just at the crown if it’s a half halo style. They key here is pulling about an inch width of hair out on each side of your part. I do this free style, but feel free to use a comb. From here, be sure to tuck the remaining hair behind your ears, for the full editorial headband look. If you’re really going for it, be sure to add a pair of earrings. I knew Markus Lupfer often adds a western touch to his LFW collections so I went with a tassled western earring, but I’ve also styled mine with Vintage Chanel Hoops, Vintage Dior Baubels —- whatever feels right for you go for it! And when in doubt, stick to a classic stud or mini gold hoop!