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Fashion Girls Love This Hair Accessory for A Quick Fix

Headbands tend to be associated with preppy fashion, à la fictional headwear aficionado Blair Waldorf. But what if we told you there was a decades-old way to push back your hair without looking like a schoolgirl or a British monarch? Enter: the thick jersey headband.

Bella Hadid coordinated her simple black headband to her embellished, all-black fit at the Isabel Marant spring 2023 show. Photo: Getty

Beloved by stars including Barbra Streisand and Brigitte Bardot, the thick jersey headband is a viable hairstyling choice for the low-maintenance. Nowadays the jersey headband is more of a pragmatic staple of workout wear, but it previously occupied a venerated space in cinema during the 1960s and ’70s. Barbra Streisand wore a white one in 1973’s The Way We Were, as did Ursula Andress in 1963’s Fun in Acapulco, and Romy Schneider in 1970’s The Things of Life.

Barbra Streisand holds back her thick head of hair with an equally thick headband. Photo: Courtesy Everett Collection

Thick headbands were largely replaced by the ’80s, with people donning thin zig-zags and cushiony velvet headpieces. But lately the comfortable stretchy iteration seems to be on the come up once again. From Bella Hadid mixing her namesake smoothie behind the counter at Erewhon in a pristine white headband, to Addison Rae heading to Pilates in a sparkly Christian Dior, the headwear can accompany anyone’s personal style.

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A blonde Bella Hadid looks sunny while promoting her Erewhon collaboration in a yellow tee and white headband. Photo: Instagram.com

It’s not just for the stars, either. With fall 2024 Fashion Week officially underway in Copenhagen, Denmark, we’ve already caught a few sightings of the thick jersey headband adorning attendees’ heads. While we’ll definitely be on the lookout for more in the days to come—as well as the impending fashion month—the Scandi girls seem to have given the low-maintenance ’do their stamp of approval.

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Copenhagen Fashion Week, fall 2024. Photo: Getty

Be it for fashion or simply to keep your hair out of your face, a jersey band is always an excellent choice. Below, see how stars of past and present have demonstrated how to wear it.

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Madonna and German director Michael Verhoeven at the 1991 New York Film Critics’ Awards. Photo: Getty

Brigitte Bardot in Vie Privée. Photo: Getty

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Kendall Jenner’s runway debut for Marc Jacobs in 2014. Photo: Getty

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Model Winnie Harlow opts for a sportier look at the Cannes Film Festival, matching her white headband to her sneakers. Photo: Instagram.com

Copenhagen Fashion Week, fall 2024. Photo: Getty

Originally published in Vogue.com

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