From Prada to Kate Middleton, the Alice Headband Is Officially Back in Business

Ever since I saw Scandi-cool Totême’s S/S 18 lookbook, I’ve been smitten with headbands, and I’m not even a cutesy hair-accessorising kind of girl. My hair is too short and smooth for anything to stay in its place, so I can’t describe how thrilled I am to now have a hair trend I can take part in. To me, it’s the ultimate chic update to any simple outfit, and with Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy as my ultimate winter wardrobe icon, I just want to wear one every day.

Headbands have had so many key moments over the years—from Grace Kelly and Brigitte Bardot to headband queen Blair Waldorf—and as such they aren’t always the most of-the-moment item to wear. After the revivals of scrunchies, hair clips and barrettes, it’s no surprise designers have moved onto the headband as the next nostalgic accessory to reinvent. On the S/S 19 runways, the hair accessory showed its true versatility.

Prada went for a ’60s style, Dior kept it minimal and Simone Rocha showed headbands fit for a queen. Since then, countless influencers have adopted the look way ahead of these pieces becoming available, and we noticed it overtaking the fascinator as the posh wedding accoutrement du jour at Princess Eugenie’s wedding last month. Heck, even Kate Middleton’s onto it, as she chose an exaggerated velvet Alice band just a few days ago for her second Remembrance Sunday look.

Lucky for us, this trend has now also hit the high street, with a wide array of everyday styles hitting shelves at stores like Accessorize to Forever 21. And for those looking for something special, there are great options from Free People and Anthropologie. Scroll down for a guide on how to wear this trend and to shop our picks.