I’ll admit that when I first bought the pearl-studded Lele Sadoughi knot headband that took the street style world by storm about two years ago, I was both thrilled with the style and skeptical that it would last long in my weekly wardrobe. At my daughter’s first back-to-school night (over a year before COVID hit, i.e., in a different lifetime, when we could still set foot in the school building), one of the parents nudged his wife and said: “Look, she’s wearing one of those headbands you’ve been talking about.” I had the thought, then, that I should probably get as much wear as possible as soon as possible because you know a trend is peaking when husbands are aware of it.
But I have been proven wrong: season after season, I find myself accessorizing with headbands, and, earlier this year, Amanda Gorman made them even cooler while wearing one, crown-like, as she delivered her inaugural poem. Headbands are definitely here to stay awhile.
A few of my top picks here, plus more in the text below!
Currently at the top of my lust list: Hill House’s lightly-padded Alice style (01.) in either the moire pink or blue botanical (look for less with this $14 Buru find), although her more exaggerated big sister, The Halo, is winning, too, for a more dramatic occasion. I wore this similarly-dimensioned Lele Sadoughi in corduroy (05.) all winter long and it always felt like the perfect embellishment to my look. (P.S. — I personally love the way HH’s founder, Nell Diamond, goes tone-on-tone, matching headband to nap dress in either the same print or a coordinated color! Tres chic!)
Most of my knotted/statement collection is by headband queen Lele Sadoughi — the materials, construction, style, etc. are all top-notch, and I find them fairly comfortable to wear. My go-to last summer was this denim style, and I wore this velvet bow confection straight through the holidays this year. However, there are countless similar knotted styles for less, including:
THIS $10 EYELET, WHICH WOULD GO WITH EVERYTHING IN YOUR SPRING WARDROBE
LIBERTY FLORAL (07.)
If you’re not sure about the padded or knotted styles, a few more understated styles I love:
TORTOISE IS TIMELESS. (08.)
Finally, major splurge moment: Gucci Gucci Gucci.
P.P.S. It may surprise you to learn that shampoo/conditioner is usually one of my “save” (versus) splurge areas. Pantene Pro-V is just so good!
P.P.P.S. Benches and ottomans.