The Headband Is Having A Renaissance—Here’s How To Wear One In 2023

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Whether you like it or not, the headband is having a moment.

The hair accessory’s revival has been brewing for a whileBella Hadid has been a fan since at least 2019 and Nicola Peltz Beckham has been sporting them for the last year. 

Bella Hadid has been a fan of the headband since 2019. (Credit: Getty)

However, the accessory’s popularity really grew after the 2023 Met Gala, when attendees including Emma Chamberlain, rocked the trend. 

Emma Chamberlain
Emma Chamberlain wore a blue headband to the 2023 Met Gala. (Credit: Getty)

Then, Jennifer Lawrence was spotted looking effortlessly stylish in the Dior Songe headband.

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Jennifer Lawrence makes the headband look particularly chic. (Credit: Getty)

While Camilla Cabello looked fabulous in a black stretchy headband at Paris Fashion Week in 2023

Camila Cabello at Paris Fashion Week 2023. (Credit: Getty)

More recently, Sydney Sweeney took to the streets of New York City in a structured back headband to promote her new movie Anyone But You. The star paired the headband with a pair of Miu Miu sunglasses and blue wide leg jeans.

Sydney Sweeney
Sydney Sweeney wore a headband in New York City. (Credit: Getty)

With it’s definingly preppy aesthetic, it’s hardly surprising that the headband has re-emerged alongside the rise of quiet luxury—and it’s not the first time it’s been revived. While the headband can be traced back as far as ancient Greece, the hair accessory has risen and fallen in popularity in the centuries and decades since. 

Lewis Carroll’s character Alice famously wears a headband on her adventures in Alice in Wonderland, while headbands became an integral part of the flapper’s style in the 1920s. The hair accessory was also popular in the 1950s and 60s before Princess Diana and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy brought back the headband in the 1990s. 

More recently, headbands have been associated with preppy characters like Cher in Clueless and Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl

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Princess Diana and Bessette-Kennedy both popularised headbands in the 1990s. (Credit: Getty)

For those of us who still associate the headband with the fashion we wore in primary school, we promise you that a headband can look stylish. Whether you gently attempt the trend by sliding a stretchy black band on with your activewear, or go bolder with a thicker Alice band, you’re still going to look on trend.

If you’re nervous about incorporating the accessory into your wardrobe then start with a minimalist black approach, and bring in the bolder styles as you get more confident. 

Below, our favourite headbands for 2023. 

The Best Headbands To Buy In 2023 


Ford Millinery Black Monica Headband, $119.95 from The Iconic


Songe Headband, $1,100 from Dior


Seed Heritage Houndstooth Headband in Hot Chocolate, $24.95 from Myer


The Juney Headband, $12.00 from Princess Polly

Lululemon black headband

Women’s Swiftly Wide Headband, $19 from Lululemon.


Re-Nylon Headband, $785 from Prada


Black Accordian Headband, $5.95 from Colette by Colette Hayman

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