Break The Preppy Mold With Bold Celebrity Takes On The Headband Trend

So surprisingly versatile.

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If the mention of headbands makes you think of private school girls or get-ready-with-me videos, it’s time to expand your accessory horizons. As seen on all sorts of celebrities, headbands come in every possible style, color, and shape to suit any aesthetic.

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Let Angelina Jolie’s spike-covered headband remind you that the accessory is, after all, like a modern tiara. A fitting choice for her look at a Maleficent sequel photo call, Jolie’s headband is a perfect confluence of elegant and edgy.Dave J Hogan/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
On the more delicate end of the spectrum, the jewels in Gemma Chan’s thin, shimmery headband would look at home at any black tie function — but just like most hair accessories, the style lends fun to the formality, too.Amy Sussman/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
In her Cinderella-blue gown and glitter-covered headband, Lupita Nyong'o’s look became Academy Awards red carpet history the moment she arrived. It also emphasized just how statement-making a simple headband can be — all it took was a little sparkle.ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
When this photo of Lily-Rose Depp lunching in Paris hit the internet, mood boards the world over were forever changed. Her acrylic tortoiseshell headband is unassuming, but becomes a statement piece when paired with her oval Chanel sunnies and leather blazer.@lilyrose_depp
Few have Zendaya’s aesthetic range. Her ability to suit sultry, sophisticated, and youthful looks alike are just a testament to her versatility — and this wide, black ribbon headband proves it. Zendaya looks prim and proper, but with some playful zest.Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Embracing the ultimate ‘80s look in Milan, Hailey Bieber’s thick black headband is straight out of a retro music video. Notably, the hair at the crown, just beyond the headband, is teased for volume and height — another favorite throwback technique.Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
What’s better than a matching moment? Helen Mirren’s sequin-covered, fairylike dress was already so ethereal at the Venice Film Fest, but the shimmering headband created to match it is a breathtaking touch.Alessandra Benedetti - Corbis/Corbis Entertainment/Getty Images
Bella Hadid’s take on the headband is surprisingly classic for such an innovative model. A pop of brighter blue in her monochrome outfit, it gently arcs over her side part rather than pushing it back, resting behind her ears for a preppy feel.Arnold Jerocki/GC Images/Getty Images
Sami Knight, the celebrity hairstylist who helped create this SAG Awards style for Jennifer Coolidge, said that the look was inspired by ‘60s-era Brigitte Bardot. The thick black headband combined with coquettish curls and a teased crown (Knight used a Tangle Teezer) is a time-tested combo.Amy Sussman/WireImage/Getty Images
So romantic and more than a little dreamy, Janelle Monáe’s jeweled headband looks like crystal flower buds arranged right in her pixie cut. Like a modern, opulent take on laurels, the headband adds whimsy to her sultry Oscars after-party ensemble.JB Lacroix/WireImage/Getty Images

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