A Season of Sequins, Flowers and Feathers

What do sequins, flowers and feathers all have in common? They are being spotted on heads all across campus. Headbands and elastic head wraps have returned once again. Celebrities like Mary-Kate Olsen, Nicole Richie and Rachel Bilson have been seen sporting hippie style headbands throughout the last couple of years, and this vintage style hair accessory has made it to the mainstream.

Many may wonder where fashion trends like these headbands come from and how they evolve. Just as history is known for repeating itself, so also is the world of fashion. Most fashion trends are revived from earlier eras. Embellished headbands were popular in the 1920s and were worn across the forehead by flapper girls with short, bobbed hair. Similar headbands made an appearance again during the 1960s, usually with long, straight hair — only these head wraps were braided or made of leather. Whatever era you prefer, add a little excitement to your wardrobe with this easy-to-wear hair accessory.

Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters sell simple and inexpensive headbands, and beautiful, handmade headbands can be ordered online at Etsy.com. Why not get creative with some friends and make this season’s latest hair accessory? All you need is a half-inch piece of elastic to wrap snugly around your head, a unique embellishment and feathers from a craft store. Add a little hot glue and you’ve got your very own one-of-kind headband!

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