Two very thick headbands at Prada Spring 2019.
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We all saw the hair accessoryonslaught of 2019 coming. Back in January, 2019 was already poised to be the year of The Bow, The Barrette, and The Headband. All three are still going pretty strong in the final quarter of the year, but the latter in particular is getting bigger. Like, literally.
Long gone are the frail and dainty Alice headbands, the one that simply provided a nice, subtle contrasting sliver of fabric against the top of the head. Headbands have been bulking up all year long and they’re now officially swole. So swole that they’re basically trickling into hat territory.
Someone somewhere once said that everything is a competition, and this particular one is about seeing just how high and wide your headband can get. You no longer need big hair to be closer to god, you just need a padded headband. Here are 15 headbands ranked from kind of thick to really thick, to help you in your quest to add that extra inch or two.
The Starter Padded Headband
J. Crew Satin Padded Headband
If you’re new to the whole wearing-a-headband-as-a-metaphorical-crown-to -distinguish-power-over-your-minions thing, you may want to start with a slightly less intimidating girth. This classic headband is padded but not too padded.
A tasteful 1-inch width and a fun ribbed texture makes this one a smidge more adventurous than the true starter headband. A good way to trick people into thinking you’re exciting about the impending holiday season.
This affordable brand claims the “primary reason” they dreamed up this cushioned band was to help people avoid “headband headache”, but methinks the true goal was to be above-average, which it certainly is with its impressive 1.6 inch-width.
The only thing more Blair Waldorf than wearing a headband is wearing a padded headband named “Uptown Girl.” Like the aforementioned iconic Uptown girl, this one is an overachiever. It comes in the above-average width of 1.6 inches, too.
Legend has it this is the very headband that started it all when it walked down the runway in September of last year. It’s only fitting that Prada’s silk-satin hair hat bests them all, clocking in at a very chonky 2.16 inches wide and a proportional height that brings any wearer a good chunk above the rest.