Love them or hate them, the ‘hipster headband’ is a very real part of accessories for people across the fashion spectrum. This piece, a usually-thin and decorative strand of fabric, is meant to be wrapped around the head at varying levels to increase the wearers ‘coolness factor’ by an immediate ten percent.
People like Erin Wasson, Zoe Kravitz, Cory Kennedy, and Iekeliene Stange can be seen sporting these headbands in varying widths and hues. Although many people may consider these items overly trendy or already ruined by the label of ‘hipster,’ it is actually quite the contrary. Worn well, a hipster headband, paired with a simple t-shirt and jeans can take an outfit from boring to eye-catching.
The trend was first seen on the streets by powerful people in the fashion industry—people like Karl Lagerfeld, who has the power to create new trends all by himself, and others like Iekeliene Stange, current top model, who has the power to officially turn an accessory from a random rope into a completely dazzling cherry-on-top that compliments an already wonderful outfit.
At Chanel’s most recent couture show, while models strutted around in flouncy cocktail dresses and gorgeous floor-length gowns, a version of the headband made an appearance, although this time it was procured out of elegant seashells.
Although it is clear that the hipster headband has no chance of fading in the future, one element of this trend worries me.
There are hundreds of extremely chic women who have already passed the age where they can get away with wearing a string of sea shells across their forehead. The hesitancy to embrace this trend most probably comes from its lack of age-adaptability.
Something about it (the way it bunches up the wearer’s hair, or adds an immediate look-at-me element) probably also irritates a lot of women.
My mother is an incredibly chic and hip woman who, while putting together an outfit, always considers what Scott Schuman, the Sartorialist, would think of it (and if he would stop to take her picture). I know, however, that she never completes an outfit with a hipster headband using and of the ribbons and bows that I have hanging in my bathroom.
Yes, the hipster headband is a juxtaposition of love and hate.
It fits any body type and yet only a few people can pull it off with style.
Photos courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.