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How to Wear Hippie Headbands


How to wear hippie wrap headbands

I’ll openly admit it: I love hippie headbands. They’re so cute; you just slip them on your head and instantly you look straight out of Woodstock! Maybe it’s just me trying to reawaken my inner flower child, but when I put one on, I instantly feel ten times cooler and more stylish. What’s more, these headbands are the ultimate outfit upgrade (and bad hairday lifesaver)- don’t feel like piling on oodles of jewelry, but still wanna look boho-chic? Just pop on one of these gems and you’re golden.

With summer finally here, there’s no better time than now to take these babies out for a test drive. Wanna see some of my favorites and what I’d pair them with? Scroll on down!

Thin Headbands

thin headbands

(Left Headbands: White Braided, Center Headband, Bow, Floral, Black Braided, Embellished, Beaded)
(Outfit: Nap-sack, Ring, Sandals, Sunglasses, Headband, Dress)

We’ll start off with the classic thin headband. Small but mighty, these little babies pack a style punch and add impact to any outfit. Whatever color or embellishment you choose, this look will give you a delicate yet edgy look.

For my outfit example, I picked out this awesome gold-embellished headband with gorgeous leaf detailing and paired it with this amazing ruffle dress in a soft salmon color. Then I tossed in some cool zippered gladiator sandals, some really cute retro sunglasses, a floral ring, and a black woven napsack to keep all your stuff together. Overall, it’s a look fit for a stroll through the French countryside- or, you know, that park by your house works too.

Thick Headbands

thick headbands

(Left Headbands: Blue Striped, Silk, Grey Cutouts, Black Rhinestone, Green Crochet, Checkered Red, Crochet)
(Outfit: Shorts, Headband, Tank, Sunglasses, Sandals, Bracelet)

Next up we have thick headbands. The opposite of thin headbands, these babies add a bit more edge and make more of a statement than our former accessory. If you don’t have an actual headband to pull off this look, be creative (and save money) with this trick: take a cool silk scarf and wrap it around your head to serve as a makeshift headband.

I picked out a fabulous tribal-esque silk headband to start off outfit number two. Pair it with a cute ruffle tank, denim cutoffs, and strappy sandals, then slip on the shades and bracelet I found. This is a great beach outfit or day-festival look as you’ll look cool while standing in the heat.

Miscellaneous Headbands

How to wear wrap headbands

(Left Headbands: Feather, Green Floral, Beaded, Sequin, Black and Gold, Floral)
(Outfit: Headband, Dress, Heels, Jacket)

Finally, to pull everything together, I made a miscellaneous category for headbands thick, thin and in-between. I love the floral headband style as well as the feathery Native American-esque headbands; they’ll add whimsy to your outfit without being too over-the-top.

For my last outfit example, I went for a night look and paired the aforementioned feather headband with an electric blue tube dress. I love how the colors of the feathers and dress play off of each other. If you get chilly or need to wrap up, I also added a badass leather jacket with plenty of studs and zippers. And finally, to top off the outfit, I picked out some adorable ankle booties to give your legs some length and keep you looking snazzy. This look is perfect for a late date in the city or a night on the town; walk out in this and you’ll be sure to turn heads.


What do you think? Would you rock the hippie headband or are you gonna pass? What about style? Do you prefer thick or thin? How’d you like the outfits I put together? Whatever your thoughts, let me know in the comments!

Posted on on June 7, 2010 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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33 Responses to “How to Wear Hippie Headbands”

  1. 1
    June 7th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I can’t wait for the ’70s to come back into style.

  2. 2
    June 7th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    These were very popular last year in Europe. I think they look good on some girls, but I don’t know that I could pull them off.

  3. 3
    June 7th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    I’m not sure if I could pull this off, but I do like the look! I especially like it with a printed silk scarf instead of a headband.

    The floral headband in the second look is just too cute!

    xoxo Hannah

  4. 4
    June 7th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I absolutely love this look and this post! Thin headbands (from the first section of the post) are my favorite, but I love the floral bands too. This has inspired me to wear my hippie headband tomorrow. Great job!

  5. 5
    June 7th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I live hippie headbands specially the ones that come with flowers ! I’m totally making some for my friends and I.

    Great post !!

  6. 6
    June 7th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    I wear these kind of headbands like it’s my job. Even better is if you get a sparkly one then you get double duty as being a flapper on halloween. My favorite way to wear them is with a plainer outfit. It instantly dresses up a long tee over leggings and pulls it together as hipster chic.

  7. 7
    June 7th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    I love the thin headband look but I feel like it doesn’t quite work on my because I have a ton of thick, long, wavy hair. If I wear a thicker headband JUST SO, I can pull it off. It ends up being more work than it’s worth for a look that’s ultimately supposed to be casual and easy. I do love the look on other people though.

  8. 8
    June 7th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I love hippie headbands, but another look that works incredibly well with thin headbands is more of a flapper look. Instead of the headband going over the hair, the headband goes under it on the sides and in the back, so you can just see it in the front, on your forehead. It looks fabulous!

  9. 9
    June 7th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    I like how this looks on a lot of people, but sadly it doesn’t work for me; I can’t really wear any sort of hair accessories because I have ears that protrude out to the sides. :(

  10. 10
    June 7th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    i really like headbands; i want to try a turband!

    and that blue tube “dress”…is a tube top? according to the link

  11. 11
    June 7th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    great article!! i wore these a lot last summer and I’m glad its time to bring them back :)

  12. 12
    June 7th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    I love this trend, but I haven’t actually tried it out, just yet. I think I might knit myself a couple thin headbands with some leftover yarn. And I agree with @Anna, the flapper twist is also fabulous.

  13. 13
    June 7th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    so beautiful
    i want all lololol
    I love

  14. 14
    June 7th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    @christa I have the same problem!! Try wearing it further back on your head, so it sits kind of diagonally across your head and about an inch back from your hairline. It looks less hippie-ish, but still really cute and trendy!!

  15. 15
    June 8th, 2010 at 12:18 am

    I love the look I been trying to figure out if I should go for it because I have curly hair any feedbacks thanks

  16. 16
    June 8th, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Alright, so I LOVE the look of hippie head bands. My problem? My hair is insanely large and curly. I don’t know how to wear one without having a fro!!! Help!

  17. 17
    June 8th, 2010 at 3:44 am

    I adore this look and even purchased the thin variety of these headbands. Problem is, I have a small forehead so I feel the band doesn’t sit properly and I can’t push it back because it might just slip off. Add to that the fact that I have thick, wavy hair and it’s not as effortless as it seems. Still I wish I could figure out a way to make it work, because I really love headgear of any kind! :(

  18. 18
    June 8th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    personally not a fan, since i can’t stand having hair in my face, but i like the way it looks on some people

  19. 19
    June 8th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    My first instinct is to completely dislike the hippie headband trend, but I’ll admit I’m intrigued. I’m not quite sure if it would look good on me, but I love to try quirky trends. I think the hippie headband looks great on some people and this post is helpful in deciphering the best way to rock the look. Thanks!

  20. 20
    June 8th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Love the trend, haven’t tried it yet.
    I have broad forehead, don’t know if headbands work on me or not. Any suggestion?

  21. 21
    June 8th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I looove this post. I just wish I could actually wear headbands! I think my head is just awkward because they never fit properly or always have that weird gap or look like it sitting an inch off my head.
    I dig the misc. headbands but i might just steal the outfit instead!

  22. 22
    June 9th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    i love this look so much, but i happen to have really thick bangs across my whole forehead. i feel like bangs + headband wouldn’t work, at all. but it’s still so cute! i wish i could!

  23. 23
    June 9th, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    @Steph: I have thick bangs, too. These kind of headbands don’t really work for us, although some of the thin ones look okay, but they press my bangs against my forehead. for girls with bangs, I would recommend pinning your bangs off to the side if you can, or flat backwards. otherwise, this is not a trend for girls like us.

  24. 24
    June 9th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    hey everyone! so many of you are worried about how your hair looks with the headband, but honestly, i truly think this look goes with any type of hairstyle. i’ve seen girls with thick hair, thin hair, straight her, curly hair, bangs, and even fros! i love the look on ANYONE!

    honestly girls you’re all beautiful, all you need to do to rock this look with confidence and i guarantee you’ll feel as cool as i know you’re going to look.

    my best advice for you is to experiment with the look. there’s no wrong way to rock the headband, whatever looks good looks good. and like i said, be CONFIDENT! :)

    @Steph and Alex- I’ve had straight bangs AND side bangs and I’ve rocked the look both ways. Honestly it’s my favorite way to wear them they give your look more dimension! If you’re not convinced, here’s a picture of me rocking them with straight bangs:

    Love you guys! Thanks for the positive comments! :)

  25. 25
    March 6th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Headbands are like shoes you can never have enough. So many cool designs and so simple to make. I have so many I love going to the vintage clothing shops to see what might turn up.

  26. 26
    March 25th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    i bought a few thin head bands, but never wear them much, cos they kind of give me a headache!

  27. 27
    September 22nd, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    So many people are afraid to pull off a great hippie headband! Just go for it! :)

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