Happenin' Headbands

They're back, and they're hipper than ever

Make way for the headband! Spring's hottest hair accessory is replacing autumn's brooch. You may be thinking, "Headbands? As in the look we all made fun of Hillary Clinton for?" Well, the headband is making a fashion comeback in a big way, in all colors, prints, shapes and sizes. So pick up the pace on the way to your nearest retailer and get your hands on some. Here's what you need to know about the different styles you'll see in stores.

 

Scarves

Even the most conservative of ladies can pull off a Pucci print scarf worn around the head. It adds just enough color and excitement to any outfit and is a great way to keep hair off the neck or face in the warm spring and summer months. The reptile-print trend is taking the fashion world by storm for spring 2005, and sporting a snakeskin-print scarf is just another creative way to incorporate the look into your wardrobe. Check out ShopIntuition.com for a variety of hot scarves, including the classic '60s Pucci designs. And visit Headscarves.com for an exciting array of "babushka" style fashions '- they aren't the babushkas your grandmother used to wear!

 

Bandeau-Style Headbands

Bandeau-style headbands are an updated version of the schoolgirl look we all envision when we hear the word "headband." With these bands it looks as if you're wearing a scarf tied around your head, but you'll have the support of an elastic band that goes under the hair. This is perfect for those worried about how to tie a scarf or those with thicker hair concerned about the scarf slipping off. Another bonus to the bandeau style is that it's less expensive than a silk scarf. Check out EvitaPeroni.com or AmiciAccessories.com for a selection of chic bands.

 

Tiaras

You don't have to actually be a princess to look and act like one! Tiaras first made a comeback with brides, but in the past few years they've become appropriate for all elegant affairs. They're great evening accessories for short hair, long hair, updos and down-dos. Most tiaras sit on the top of the head and are secured with a comblike attachment. Try Nordstrom.com or TarinaTarantino.com for an amazing selection.

 

Basic Headbands

The basic headband isn't so basic anymore. It comes in all the widths, colors, fabrics, patterns and beading you can possibly imagine. If you want a preppy look, wear a bright plaid band; for a sexier look, don a thin beaded band. You can even find Hawaiian prints for the beach. It's all up to you to decide which look you're trying to achieve. Most headbands are flexible so they mold to the head and stay snugly in place. The greatest thing of all about these happening hair accessories is that they can be bought for a song, so pick one up for every occasion. The most extensive collection can be found at HairBoutique.com.

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