Certain, Versace marked the return of Gigi Hadid to the runway, however less-talked-about was the way it did the identical for the headband. It’s an adjunct virtually as previous as time—historical past has seen ladies throughout cultures, religions, and the globe put on some model of a headband—however its stance as an in-demand style merchandise comes and goes. And as of the autumn 2021 collections, it could very a lot appear that it’s again. A handful of days after Gigi and Bella Hadid (the latter sported a black satin headband knotted in the back of her pin-straight hair) walked Versace, fashions showcased a wide range of headwear over at Dior, together with silky scarves tied à la babushka. They had been additionally at Connor Ives, Max Mara, Paco Rabanne, and Anna Sui. (The style astute will surely recall that for his fall 2020 assortment, Marc Jacobs preempted all of this when he tied wintery scarfs of thick cashmere across the heads of his fashions in a collection of monochromatic appears. It was actually fairly fabulous.) All this had us at Vogue considering—are headscarves the brand new headbands?
It simply so occurred this was a query I had requested myself months in the past when tasked with reviewing the Audrey Hepburn documentary which simply hit Netflix. It revealed ample footage of off-duty Audrey sporting a headband each which approach. Hers had been worn tied beneath the chin (similar to at Dior) and was probably used to maintain her hair in place, but additionally as a result of it regarded extremely good on her. On and off set, it was as pervasive as Audrey’s boatneck collars.
As a loyal wearer of the headscarf—velvet, pearl-encrusted, or Renaissance-like puffed bands—I used to be used to including a little bit one thing to my hair every day. Although I hadn’t actually dabbled in headscarves, Audrey had greater than satisfied me that this was subsequent. It’s each a sensible (excellent for precipitation) and evocative accent. To me, the piece of fabric conjures imagery of sure, Audrey, but additionally Queen Elizabeth behind the wheel of her Vary Rover, the uber-chic Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy on walks together with her husband, and that point Rihanna dazzled in a glittering, sheer Adam Selman take a look at the CFDA Awards. The material accent probably does the identical for others, bringing forth visions and recollections of grandmothers, moments in movie historical past, and extra. (It’s additionally trending on TikTok, the place customers are donning scarves and sun shades for the “Please Don’t Go” problem.)
The most effective half in regards to the accent pattern (anointed one of many 10 in our fall 2021 equipment report) was that I already had a set of classic silk scarves. They featured dainty florals, trompe l’oeil chunky chains, and Pucci-esque swirls—an possibility for each temper. To put on them appropriately (commonplace 50-60 cm squares are greatest), fold them in half to create triangle factors and prepare in your head accordingly. I begin with my hair in a ponytail, which permits me to tie the headscarf beneath my hair with higher ease, after which I let my hair down over the knot.
However I wished to broaden my horizons and dabble with extra scarf choices, significantly summery cotton garments in gingham. Plus, if I used to be actually going to decide to this (which I used to be) I wished a shawl made for the aim of a bandana-style headwrap—a material pre-cut right into a triangle with lengthy ties at both finish. The engineering simply means there’s no folding and no further bulk or extra cloth. My web looking led to Etsy, the place I discovered a few retailers making precisely what I used to be on the lookout for. I promptly bought 5 (ginghams in pink, black, grey, yellow, after which a floral blue sample only for kicks) and at round $10 every, I ought to have gotten extra.
At current, I’m set: I’ve my silky squares for my extra dressed-up moments and choices in cotton broadcloth for my off-duty moments. And as we transition to spring, I’ve been sporting each. I am going to admit that when worn with a face masks it’s certainly a number of cloth on my head, however in the identical vein, my new headscarves look completely great on Zoom.
Store some choices, impressed by Versace, Dior, and extra, beneath.