Make day by day a ‘Completely happy Headband’ day — That’s Not My Age


Simone Rocha hairband at Net-A-Porter


The most effective issues about getting older is you’ll be able to put on what you want, how you want, whenever you like. You’ll be able to put on belongings you’ve by no means worn earlier than, experiment with surprising mixtures, break some guidelines and invent you personal.

A couple of weeks in the past, I began carrying one thing I by no means have earlier than, a hairband with a giant spotty bow on the facet picked up in a thrift retailer for a couple of quid. Does it go well with me? I feel so. I’ve not had anybody level, snigger or snort out loud. Nobody’s accused me of trying like Bubbles Rothermere or Bette Davies in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. It was like my private ‘purple hat’ epiphany. Effectively, why not?

I’m constructing as much as carrying my Frida Kahlo flowered headband this summer season, one thing I picked up within the V&A present store throughout the Frida Kahlo; Making Herself Up exhibition, in 2018. She used to love carrying flowers in her hair: dahlias, bougainvillea and gardenias to accent her Tehuana coiffure and gown and, honour her Mexican heritage. For the final 5 years, that scarlet petalled headband has lain within the drawer ready for its popping out parade. There was by no means the correct second or event. I used to be by no means in the correct temper. However that second could also be now.


Frida Kahlo Making Herself Up official exhibition ebook from the V&A


Ornamental hair bands are again on the type agenda. At the latest Met Gala in New York, a number of celebrities have been noticed carrying them notably Serena Williams rocking a multi-strand pearl headband. They’re a preferred accent with the Hollywood set: Juliette Lewis, Kiera Knightly and Kirsten Dunst, to call a couple of.

Once I say headbands, I’m not speaking in regards to the dreary, limp varieties so beloved of Sloanes within the Nineteen Eighties. Right this moment, the ornamental hair equipment widespread on websites like Etsy provide pizazz and character. They embody ornate knots or Halo Crowns that from the entrance resemble turbans (à la Joan Collins) to bedazzled and bejewelled ones; headbands comprised of classic kimono materials and twirls of ribbons or tulle caught mid-ripple.



There’s one thing particularly in regards to the ageing girl and  ‘head dressing’ that works a deal with. Miriam Margolyes, 82 seemed stunning on the quilt of this month’s British Vogue carrying a forties-inspired Sinamay headband. An older head has the arrogance to hold off some critical assertion dressing as demonstrated so elegantly by ‘ our naughtiest nationwide treasure’.

Whereas ladies of all ages are solely too completely satisfied to don a fascinator and flirt with a feather for a household marriage ceremony, our heads are often forgotten on on a regular basis obligation. Maybe, with its more and more wrinkly pores and skin, greying or thinning hair, the top and face are essentially the most seen reminder we’re ageing, one thing many would favor to neglect?

However that is precisely why it really works so properly. A press release headband (or head dressing of any form) frames and spotlights the knowledge, life and character that make up an older face. Headbands are an adjunct that may convey color, sample and ornamentation to the face, enriching the collagen-diminished complexion. Placing one in every of these on is a refusal to develop into invisible, like an indication that claims ‘I’m nonetheless right here and going robust’.

I can consider many trendy and legendary ladies who’ve understood the significance of dressing their heads, of their autumn years: Edith Sitwell, Billy Vacation, Simone de Beauvoir, Coco Chanel, Carmen Miranda. An older girl can stand proud and maintain her head held excessive: she has the expertise, authority and confidence to drag off some cool and regal head dressing. Why save this intelligent type trick for particular events? It’s a easy strategy to make day by day of excellent well being and gratitude, one in every of celebration.


Headband by Silk & Lawn



Nilgin Yusuf is a contract author and common TNMA contributor.


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