We tend to look at fashion through rose-colored, obnoxiously tiny sunglasses. The proliferation of influencers, paired with the addictiveness of scrolling topped off by the intoxicating immediacy of fast fashion means we consume trends faster than ever. We participate before common sense kicks in. We line up to buy questionable it-sneakers, fawn over impractical bags, and blindly wear things purely for grid-worthy flexes, only to cringe in the months that follow. Rarely do we think “will I regret this in ten years?”
The affirmative answer shouldn’t stop you from experimenting, because that’s the fun part of part fashion. We are proudly and without shame the Felt Cute Might Delete Later generation. Today’s OOTD selfies are just tomorrow’s TBTs, but there’s one inescapable accessory trend that just won’t quit. We seemingly reached max capacity and yet, padded headbands refuse to die.
We can blame Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton for first exposing the world to the puffy toppers—also known as hatbands. But it was Prada who made them officially fashion by sending them down its spring 2019 runway. As soon as the show started, editors knew that they were witnessing the birth of a trend. That summer, Prada headbands were selling out everywhere, and similar styles spread like wildfire. We’ve seen padded headbands in every iteration: cut in velvet, dolled up in gems, and in heights so tall we question gravity itself.
Unlike the craze around Ashley Williams crystal barrettes or other short-lived trends, padded headbands did not complete the predictable trajectory of buzzy fashion moments, detailed below.
Step 1: Runway premiere
Step: Trickle-down efftect: you can buy it at any fast fashion vendor
Step 3: Your mom gets into it
Step 4: Fini.