It´s the fashion bubble, stupid: padded headbands
Just to be sure: Don´t let anybody talk you into this fashion influencer favourite. Because padded headbands straight from 90ies hell do nothing for a woman not living on a runway
It all started with Miuccia Prada´s spring-summer show: very young, beautiful models wore thick, padded satin headbands on top of their head, paired with innocent babydoll dresses. Of course, they looked fabulous. I would have forgotten this as a usual show trick, but a few months later, the Duchess of Cambridge was seen with something alike during a church service. It did not look too bad on her either, and, of course, it is a royal duty to develop a knack for weird head decorations. But should working-girls with real lives?
The fashion crowd seems totally convinced. The trend gathered momentum during the last fashion weeks in March when countless fashionistas enthusiastically adorned their heads with the cartoonish accessory. That´s why there is some risk you will bump into a salesperson sooner or later who totally drank the Kool-Aid. But no matter what they tell you: don´t believe the hype and move on with your life as a grown-up woman.
This thing does neither look cute nor modern in real life because this kind of headband is just another 90ies trend taken to the extreme by fashion people. And in case you haven´t already noticed: they are a bizarre crowd. They wear sneakers so big that it looks like their sneakers are wearing sneakers. Or puffed jackets as big as mobile homes. In short, for them, it´s a motto party all year round. In the case of their latest weird fashion crush, it feels like the motto for the party is Holy Mary. The dernier cri does not even look like a headband, more like a satin halo.
You want to be fashionable? Think twice. The headband is so thick that you need to tuck it on the head far behind your ears. It also sits extremely high on your hair. A fact that does not do anything for a woman. From the front, it gives faces a strange egg-shape, and from the side, it seems like the wearer has lost her back part of the head in a devastating accident. Some of the headband fans during fashion week looked like they had happily glued luxurious sausages on their heads, some seemed to pursue a career as an old-school secretary, and others, with their middle-parted hair, had simply transformed into little girls after a long, tiresome school-day.
So whoever will try to talk you into this trend: they will say that Hillary Clinton famously wore them, as well as our favourite style icons of the 90ies, the girls in the cult film „Clueless“ (in reality, their headbands were not even half as high as the actual versions). And that the Nineties are soo back. Yes, the padded headband is somehow a preppy symbol of privileged girls. But in the real world, I mean conference rooms and banks and offices, there is no irony in it. Because the world has changed. So do not even think about putting this strange tiara of the poor on your smart head. Otherwise, the rest of the world will really think you are clueless. Always remember: It is the fashion bubble, stupid.