Ode to the Headband

Ode to the Headband | Blonde Sartorial

I’m just going to say it straight. I’m bloody obsessed with headbands. I always have been. More specifically, my obsession is centred around the Alice band, named so because of Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, in which the titular character is seldom seen not wearing one.

When I was at primary school, I had a Claire’s Accessories Alice band to match every outfit. They were they slim plastic type with the teeth that left indentations in your hair. As I became older, I used the humble headband to hold back the fringe I’d periodically have cut into my hair and regret every time. Then came 2007 and the premiere of Gossip Girl. I was instantly hooked, both on the misadventures of Blair Waldorf and co, and the fashion which of course included Blair’s signature hair accessory of choice.

But, long before the days of Gossip Girl, Alice bands were gracing the heads of many a style icon from First Ladies to British royalty. A young Hillary Clinton wore hers with cardigans and a string of pearls while campaigning with husband, Bill. Princess Diana was spotted wearing a simple black headband with a neutral pantsuit in the 90s. And, speaking of my decade of birth, Clueless’ Cher Horowitz is a treasure trove of inspiration when it comes to the accessory.

More recently, Kate Middleton wore a padded velvet headband in November 2018. And, with practically every model at Prada’s Spring 2019 show stepping out in oversized, padded styles, the headband’s resurgence was a sure thing. Ever since, I’ve been building a collection of sophisticated pieces that are a far cry from the Claire’s classics of my youth.

The cream of the crop is without a doubt my (now sold-out) Fendi shearling monogram logo headband. Crafted in Italy, it has a rounded and elevated silhouette and is covered in fluffy shearling in a soft brown hue. The brand’s signature FF print is repeated throughout in a slightly darker shade. The current trend for headbands seems to be over-the-top stand-out styles. Well, this one is certainly a statement. Although, I haven’t quite built up the sartorial courage to pair it with my matching shoulder bag just yet.

Shop the Style

Fendi Cashmere Headband
Fendi FF Logo Wool-blend Headband (£220)
& Other Stories Chunky Braided Alice Headband (£17)
Lele Sadoughi Terracotta Padded Headband (£65)

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