There’s been much debate over hair accessories in a professional setting. The hair accessory in question: the headband. Can you pull off wearing them to work? Are they age-appropriate? Well, the answer to those questions are “Yes and yes.” The “norm” for business attire has completely transformed from what it was a few decades ago to what it is now.
That’s not saying to show up to work in a full-on mirrorball headband and think you can get away with that… Simple and sophisticated is key with headbands suitable for work. To add a bit more style and sophistication to your traditional business attire, consider trying these work-appropriate headbands.
The Tapered Headband
The tapered headband is one designed specifically with style in mind but comfort is just as much of a focus as style. Tapered headbands are wide at the front but gradually tapers to be more narrow at the back. The function of the tapering is to fit snuggly to your head, and once it’s placed on your head, it stays on.
The Classic Black Headband
Just as every woman should have an LBD (little black dress) in their closet, they should also have a CBH (classic black headband) in their hair accessories collection as well. The classic-ness of this headband is the color… you can’t ever go wrong with the color black. But the headband can come in any size, thickness, or shape of your preference. As long as it’s black, it will likely go with almost everything in your closet.
The Double-Banded Headband
Double-banded headbands look like two narrow headbands molded together with a few inches between the two at the top. This particular headband adds depth to your hair, making it look thicker and fuller, especially when your hair is pulled up. The headband looks great with sleek, pulled-back hair and messy buns as well.
The Tortoise Shell Headband
The color and pattern of the tortoise shell headband is reflective of the design and pattern of an actual tortoise’s shell. You’ll see this style band in a brownish copper color with either black or dark brown hazy splotches. Think of tortoise shell as the “classic” pattern for brown. And ironically enough, you don’t see very many people wearing brown headbands, but tortoise shell goes with a lot more colors than brown does… Go figure.
The Narrow, Thin Headband
The narrow, thin headband is all about size. It can come in any color of your choosing, but this particular band is one that has a “barely there” look to it. So you can do a part down the middle of your hair and place your hair behind your ears. Once you place the headband on, it will barely look like the headband is holding your hair in place.
The Braided Headband
The braided headband is a fun headband to wear because it’s your own hair! You would simply part your hair down the middle and do two plats in front of your ears. Once you have your two braids, take one and lift it over to the other side of your head and pin it down. Then, take the other braid and lift it over to the other side of your head and pin down. Tuck the tails of each braid under the hair.
Now you have a braided headband with your very own hair! The remainder of your hair can be curled, flat-ironed, or done however you want.
The Elastic Headband
The elastic headband can be wide or narrow but serve the purpose of conforming to your head. You might say that the elastic headband is similar to the tapered headband but it’s not. Tapered headbands are soft and have just enough elasticity to stay in place on your head without being too tight. Elastic headbands can potentially squeeze too tight depending on the style of elastic headband you choose. The narrow ones tend to cause headaches from being too tight, and that’s the last thing you want while at work.
The Padded Headband
This headband is all about height. The thickness of these headbands extends upwards. Now, there’s no need to worry, though. It’s not going to look like you have a short stack of pancakes on top of your head… Padded headbands are typically about 0.4 inches in the thickest point; Just enough to enhance your business attire without being “too much.”
All of these different styled headbands can be worn in and out of the office but are very appropriate for in-office wear. These are classic and sophisticated enough to awaken any dull or boring suit but versatile enough to go with your own personal style no matter what it is. To see which headbands speak to your work attire style, head over to the Suddora headbands collections page.