Many of us may have worn headbands through elementary school graduation but not much after. Others possible went though a phase when Gossip Girl’s queen bee Blair Waldorf put a spotlight on the accessory in the mid-aughts. But whatever your past with headbands, now seems like an ideal time to revisit the trend. With brand like Chanel and Altuzarra championing headbands on the runway this year, it’s only naturally that street style has followed suit with a range of ways to wear the piece that feel elegant, effortless, and cool.
>Ahead, take a look at six ways to wear a headband in 2017 (yes, even if you haven’t since 2005).
Use a ribbon headband—or simply, a ribbon—to accent a classic ponytail with a small, sweet detail.
Skipped the shampoo for a few days? Use a wide headband over the top of your scalp to make your hair look sleek and polished.
Headbands are also another clever way to keep your hair—whether simply styled or in a more elaborate ’do—in place. Choose a shade that blends in with your hair color for a seamless look.
Keep your accessory closer to the front of your scalp and wear it like a tiara. Keep the rest of the ensemble a little edgier and laid-back to avoid any literal princess vibes.
Headbands can double as a piece of jewelry when you choose styles that include beading, jewels, or shiny metals.
Sport a colorful turban headband with a tailored look for an added touch of playfulness and ease.
Shop more headband styles ahead.
Cornelia Webb Gold-Plated Pearl Headband ($515)
Altuzarra Faux-Pearl Embellished Velvet Headband ($245)
Urban Outfitters Cotton Wideband Headwrap ($12)
Gucci Flora Snake Print Headband ($395)
Jennifer Behr Velvet Headband ($145)
ASOS Stripe Twist Headband ($10)