It's official: statement headbands are back. The '90s staple that was worn and loved by everyone from Hillary Clinton to Clueless' Cher Horowitz has popped up in a major way this season after defining the streets and runways of fashion month. If you needed any more proof that the hair accessories trend is here to stay, Jessica Alba's black headband is sure to convince you.
A toned-down version of the trend that dominated 2019's fashion month, Alba reached for a simple black headband while out in New York City on May 14. Rather than choosing a headband in a dramatic color or with bold embellishments, the actor and beauty entrepreneur went for a simple black satin option, proving just how easy it is to incorporate a hair accessory into your everyday style.
Alba styled her headband with a entirely monochrome outfit. She wore a tailored black trench, a black crew-neck top, black straight-leg trousers, and chunky motorcycle boots. To prepare for the chilly New York weather, Alba doubled up on her coats — she topped her trench with a navy blue option, too.
While the rest of her outfit was more modern and sleek, the actor's beauty look was decidedly more retro inspired. Her hair was styled straight but with tons of volume, and her lips were painted a classic, cool-toned red. Even Alba's accessories had a retro feel, especially her black-and-white patterned handbag with a gold chain strap.
Prada kicked off the trend after featuring a wide array of puffed headbands on its Spring/Summer 2019 runway. From simple versions like the one Alba wore to more bold, studded versions, the Italian fashion house had it all. It wasn't long before every influencer and editor reached for similar versions throughout fashion month.
If hair accessories have never been a part of your wardrobe, don't worry — the trend is incredibly easy to experiment with. The brighter your headband's color, the more of a statement you'll make. Take a page out of Alba's book and go for a more simple option in a plain color like black or white if you're looking for something you can wear more than once.
On the other hand, choose a brightly colored or bedazzled headband if you want to add the perfect pop of color to a more dramatic look. Ahead, the Zoe Report rounded up the best puffy headbands on the market, from monochromatic to colorful.