By Naomi Barling

The Drop: Headbands

Our headband edit is window shopping for the soul. Or real shopping for yourself, of course.
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In case you weren’t aware, just about everyone has been adoring their heads in padded, beaded, and rather extra in the size headbands, for a while now. Who knew that the Duchess of Cambridge could actually have real sartorial kudos with the devoted felt-cute-might-delete later generation?

The trend really caught the wind in its sails back when the queen of all reincarnations, Muccia Prada, topped every model with a perfectly placed satin puff in her SS19 show. Exposing us all to the obvious appeal of wearing a crown like accessory to do the daily Tesco shop, officially making it fashion.

The variety of hair managing accessories is endless from scrunchies to crystal (anxiety) clips and jazzy bobby pins. Layer them up, stack them at the back or haphazardly give structure to that messy up-do. The one unavoidable member of the hair candy pack that just won't quit, despite its max Instagram exposure, is the padded headband. Side-note to glasses wearers; we may be the only ones at a slight disadvantage here, perhaps it’s time to embrace contacts and get over that eyeball fear.

Whatever shape or form you take your headband, there's definitely a knack to it falling into the cool-girl territory and staying clear of Anne Boleyn vibes. Well we remember what happened with her head! We promise it’s overcome the garden party, Sloane ranger’s - wish-you-were-royal and on the guest list for Ascot - associations. So, whether you’re plain and padded, or embellished and regal, get in the headband game, because XOXO it’s here for a while.


  1. The great thing about this accessory is it looks good with all hair types, sleek and straight, soft waves, natural texture and volume. Whatever your natural state wear with your hair pulled back into a messy low bun or ponytail to make it feel a little sleeker and less Alice in Wonderland or associations with the girl next door look.
  2. If your allergic to dressing up, this one is perfect as it will give you ‘a look’ with minimal effort. Throw on with a pair of loose trousers, a hoodie and chunky combat boots, sloughy tailoring and trainers or brave the Pernille Teisbaek style and pair with a tracksuit.
  3. Match the headband with your outfit, this could be tonally or print and remember they can double as a piece of jewellery if you go for a style that includes beading and jewels so no need to add earrings small hoops or cuffs if any. Keeping it simple, makes it feel more modern.

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