In case you weren’t aware, padded headbands have been a hot accessory since Prada debuted a silky, voluminous style at its spring 2019 runway show. Since then, Kate Middleton’s been spotted wearing one, Chrissy Teigen’s “headband of the day” featured one, and now, at New York Fashion Week, you can’t take two steps outside a show without seeing someone with one topping their carefully-styled tresses.
Padded Headbands 101
What They Look Like
Padded headbands, or, as royal style expert Elizabeth Holmes terms them, “hatbands,” are basically regs headbands that have, you guessed it, padding inside. That gives them a few extra inches of volume and a more luxe feel. (P.S. can we make “hatbands” the official name for these? So much cuter than clunky “padded headbands.”) Here’s the OG Prada one, for reference:
All the models wore them, BTW, and so many different colors and styles were on display during the show.
How to Wear ‘Em
Take a cue from the ~everyone~ at NYFW to inspire you. They look good with sleek, straight locks, tousled waves, natural texture, or with your ‘do pulled back in a low bun or pony. Any part will do, but many of these blogger types went for the center. Short hair, long hair—doesn’t matter. It all looks good!
Street stylers really love the puff sleeve-plus-hatband combo this year, so that could be a nice twosome for you to dabble in, you know, if you wanna.
These guys are also very nice with blazers and maxi dresses, FYI.
Now, Onto Shopping
The two most Insta-famous hatband brands are Lele Sadoughi and Jennifer Behr, who both have rounded, braided, and knotted versions of the trends with various embellishments, like pearls and crystals. These styles range from about $ 40 to $ 400, so they definitely can be an investment.
If you’re not looking to spend quite that much yet but want to give the look a test run, plenty of affordable options are out there from the likes of ASOS, Amazon, Free People, and Urban Outfitters. Allow me to show you the prettiest assortment:
Cool cool cool, so now you know if you didn’t already. Get out there and live your best royal/celeb/style-star headband life—class dismissed.