Finally, Something to Topple Flower Crowns Off Everyone's Heads

If you’re a child of the 1980s, then you probably spent your school days with a velour Alice band clamped to your head. You made mum promise she wouldn’t make you wear them past primary school, but then Clueless happened. By the time you’d perfected Cher Horowitz’s plaid skirt–and–perky headband combos, Blair Waldorf started accessorising her blow-dry with a giant red bow. Somehow you spent your entire adolescence looking like a preppy version of the girl with the pearl earring.

Alice bands might now be associated with the Duchess of Cambridge, and even she only wears them if she’s visiting an airfield to stop her mane resembling a lion’s, but that doesn’t mean they’re not due a comeback. At Altuzarra’s autumn show, all but one of the 52 looks were topped off with inch-wide Alice bands inlaid with pearls. As you can see, the Instagram set has marginally more practical ideas for high summer.



If you think a ballerina bun plus Alice band would equal naff, may I submit Sienna Miller as evidence to the contrary? Treat yourself to Dolce & Gabbana’s hairband, which looks rather like something Catherine de’ Medici would wear with its paste gems and filigree plaques, or Orelia’s pearl-and-gold lace affair in order to achieve her look.


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Blogger Pernille Teisbaek posted a selfie with Céline’s tortoiseshell band sitting prettily on her parting, while Camille Charrière twisted a scarf around her salt-licked hair in Capri. Meanwhile, Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine hasn’t been doing madcap by halves. Her latest ensemble’s crowning glory involves a silky wrap that somehow pulled the cycling shorts, ribbed socks and PVC bag together. Impressive.

Shop our five favourite headbands below—and get a head start on the trend.

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