Hair bands are back! And they're chic. You can make your own luxury hair bands.
(Left: Lanvin FW05. Both from Style.ccin)
Natalie was mentioning her love of the hair band trend. Since last year I was noticing luxury hairbands popping up at Holt Renfrew and Bloomingdales. Asking price was $45! As a child in the eighties, I wore a lot of hair bands. If you weren't careful, they broke easily. I don't recommend investing in them (unless they are metal, which are rare to come by). What I like about making your own is that you can make it to match an outfit for a special occasion like prom or wedding. I know for fact that if you're looking for a particular style or color to match a dress, you'll be hardpressed to find one.
First, you'll need a plain plastic hair band with no teeth. You can often find a cheap one at the dollar store, sometimes a craft store. Or if you have an old fabric covered one, remove everything on it.
Plastic hair band
Light weight fabric, cut a 18" x 4" (varies with the width of band) piece on bias (45 degree angle)
1/4" ribbon (optional)
Hot glue gun or clear fabric glue (optional)
1. With fabric, spray linen starch and iron until firm and smooth.
2. Spray adhesive onto backside of fabric and all over hair band.
3. Carefully wrap outer side of band.
4. Measure and mark 1/2" (measure width of band and divide by 2) outside of band's perimeter. Trim along markings.
5. Fold sides of each end first, then continue to wrap the inside of the band. Make sure fabric is wrapped tightly and smoothly.
6. Optional: Glue ribbon along the seamline, fold in ends of ribbons. Or in Step 4, when marking the 1/2", add an extra 1/4" and fold 1/4" along edge.
For the hankerchief look, you could wrap the inner side of band first, and add a 2" wide ribbon across the outside of the band. Fold ends inward towards the ends of the band.
The band in the right photo is pretty straight forawrd and also easy to make, but you'll need to do some real sewing and a sewing machine.