Six 1920′s Headbands You Can Wear Today

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear TodayAhh the roaring twenties. Beads, fringe, and the flapper revolution. There hasn’t been a decade since the 1920s that has loved sparkle and bling as much especially in head-wear.  Notorious for beaded headbands, skullcaps, and feather hair clips, the 1920′s women knew how to dress up their short hairdo’s.

While cloche hats were worn during the day, headbands, called Banbeaus, were seen in the evenings with the most formal dresses. The trend started when King Tut’s tomb was discovered in 1924. Soon after every woman wanted to look like an Egyptian queen. Head-wraps, crowns, tiaras,  full headdresses, and small hair clips were all made of beautiful precious tones, feathers, and pearls.

There is not just one style of headband nor one way to wear it. Here are the six most popular evening styles of headbands. You can buy a glittering crown to your 1920′s dress with one of these 1920′s headbands styles:

The 1920′s Headband- Wrap Style

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today

The simple but elegant headband of the 1920′s was the head wrap
style. Made of one continuous piece of beads, rhinestone, or pearls it wrapped around the top of your head  to the back of your skull. Some headbands featured long strings of beads dangling off the forehead or on one side.

During the day a ribbon or scarf was rolled and tied around the head, sometimes with a big fluffy bow tied low and on the side. Strands of pearls could also be wrapped around the forehead, skull, buns and braids for more formal events.

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today

On the right: the character Daisy from the 2013 Great Gatsby movie wears an ornate silver headband with leaf and pearl accent.

 

The 1920′s Brain Binder

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today

Brain Binder Headband

The Brain binder headband circles the forehead or back just a tad. It was also called a headache band for it’s tight fitting appearance worn mostly by teenagers. They usually matched the dress or at least other accessories. They ranged from thin 1 inch wide ribbons (called brow bands)  to thicker bandeau wraps and even entire long scarves swirled into a turban.

 

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today

1920s Stone Set Headband for Sale on Etsy

For parties and weddings this style was elaborately decorated with silver and gem stones.  This look was best with perfectly smooth, short cropped hair associated with the later 2o’s. Egyptian inspired designs of pharaohs, spiders, cats and hieroglyphs were carved into the most fancy of brow bands.

 

The 1920′s Skullcap

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today

Fabric and Bead Skull Cap

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today

Tassels Skull Cap

The intricately beaded skull cap is one of the exclusive symbols of the 1920′s. It is also sometimes called the Juliette cap after Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliette. This beaded cap required very thin flat hair that the cap covered up entirely. Caps were either beaded onto a form fitted hair net with long bead tassels and fringe hanging down the forehead or were cloth caps completely covered with beads and shaped into a brimless style cloche. The expense of these caps made them affordable only by the very wealthy and usually made to order to match the beading on the dress.

The 1920′s Tiara

 

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today

Oei Hui Lana in Wide Headband Style tiara

The gold Eqypitain tiara and princess diamond style tiara were another style of evening head wear.   Small and pretty they sat perched on the crown of the head buried slightly in a mass of fluffy early 20′s style hair. Hair combs secured the tiara in place.

Later styles blended the tiara and headband into one, lowering it on the forehead yet keeping the overall crown look of the tiara.

 

 

The 1920′s Hair Clip

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today

Feather Headband

Peacock feathers were still quite popular in the 1920′s. The green, blue and gold tones were common art deco colors of this time. Feathers were clipped onto the hair on one side of the head. Sometimes blue and green jewels and pearls added extra bling to the feather clips. Other types of feathers could be used as well to coordinate with the outfits.

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today

Art Deco Style Hair COmb

Jeweled hair combs also called Spanish combs or back combs were popular hair accessories to hold back long hair knotted in a chignon bun. It was stylish to wear them at an angle so they were seen poking out of the side of her head. Combs were often made of celluloid (plastic) they were available in all shapes and sizes in both hand carved and rhinestone versions.

 

The 1920′s Headdress or Evening Bandeau

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today

The king of all head wear style was the large headdress. Whereas the other styles remain small and dainty the head piece was bold and garish. Different materials made up the many  variations.

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today

Evening Bandeau with Gem

Elaborate leafs, butterfly’s, dragonfly and gems covered headbands on one or both sides such as the example to the left.

A simple bandeau grew taller with the addition of an egret feather, either real or gold, sticking straight up out of the center of the forehead. Although this trend started in the previous decade the sprays of gold and silver peacock inspired designs made forehead crowns the in style of the 20′s.

 

1920s Headband Styles Today

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today

1920s Style Hair Comb

A 1920s style headband, cap, or bandeau is a must for an evening affair. The most stunning tiaras and hair clips are usually found in wedding specialty shops or Asian import stores. These are often made with faux pearls and rhinestones. Even the cheapest ones are quite beautiful set into your 1920s styled hair.

I like to keep my evening looks simple with one of these options

1. A silk or satin ribbon tied around my head and in a big bow at the back. Very simple yet very accurate to the 1920′s.

2. A pretty feather clipped to one side of my head such as a peacock feather.

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today3. A lace or rhinestone headband designed to be more around the top of your head and often be worn across the forehead too. If you have a wide head you may nee to cut the band and bobby pin the sides in place.

4. Some of my favorite local stores to buy 1920s inspired headband and hair clips are Forever 21 and the ICING store.

Online here are some great 1920s headband choices:

 

 

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Unique Vintage Peacock Feather Headband

$18.00

Buy at: Unique Vintage

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Handmade Black & Bronze Trixie Headband

$68.00

Buy at: Unique Vintage

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Sunnywood Halloween Rhinestone Headband

$31.44

Buy at: Kmart

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Chain the Rules Hair Comb from ModCloth

$14.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Black with Gold & Silver Rhinestone Headband

$26.00

Buy at: Unique Vintage

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Floral Wreath Freshwater Coin Pearl Bridal Hair Comb (Thailand)

$40.99

Buy at: Overstock.com

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Feather So Delightful Hair Clip from ModCloth

$24.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Wrapped in Romance Hair Chain from ModCloth

$24.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Kate Marie Rhinestone and Glass Bead Embellished Leaf Headband

$14.79

Buy at: Overstock.com

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Athena Headband

$20.00

Buy at: Urban Outfitters

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Jenny Packham Acacia Headband

$716.00

Buy at: Shopbop

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Black Charleston Feather Flapper Headband

$12.00

Buy at: Unique Vintage

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Handmade Feather Black Peacock Butterfly Hair Clip

$24.00

Buy at: Unique Vintage

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Sprinkling of Splendor Headband from ModCloth

$15.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Unique Vintage Peacock Scalloped Feather Hair Clip

$18.00

Buy at: Unique Vintage

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Destined to Dazzle Headband from ModCloth

$24.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Opera Elegance Headband from ModCloth

$11.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Unique Vintage Peacock Feather Bow Hair Clip

$18.00

Buy at: Unique Vintage

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Handmade Black Mia Headband

$64.00

Buy at: Unique Vintage

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Rhinestone Floral Feather Bridal Brooch Hair Clip

$80.00

Buy at: Buy.com (dba Rakuten.com Shopping)

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Black Velvet with Gold & Silver Coco Headband

$38.00

Buy at: Unique Vintage

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

ASOS Crochet Flapper Headband

$9.67

Buy at: ASOS.com USA

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Cocktails in Celebration Headband from ModCloth

$34.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

1 1/4" Metallic Stretch Sequin Headband Royal Blue

$1.98

Buy at: fabric.com

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Bridal Headband Glass Pearl Rhinestone Flower

$24.99

Buy at: Overstock Jeweler

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Ivory Crocheted Elastic Headband

$7.99

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1 1/4" Metallic Sequin Stretch Headband Gold

$1.98

Buy at: fabric.com

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Wine and Dynamo Headband from ModCloth

$49.99

Buy at: ModCloth

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Handmade Black & Gold Jazz Headband

$60.00

Buy at: Unique Vintage

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Deepa Gurnani Crystal Loop Headband - Ivory

$60.00

Buy at: Shopbop

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Dauphines Of New York The Mini Band Headband - Lilac

$110.00

Buy at: Shopbop

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Deepa Gurnani Opulent Crystal Headband - Crystal

$175.00

Buy at: Shopbop

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Handmade Black & Silver Jazz Headband

$60.00

Buy at: Unique Vintage

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Deepa Gurnani Crystal Detail Headband - Ivory

$88.00

Buy at: Shopbop

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Ben-Amun Crystal Link Headband - Clear

$310.00

Buy at: Shopbop

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Deepa Gurnani Crystal Floral Headband - Ivory

$115.00

Buy at: Shopbop

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Grey with Silver Rhinestone Headband

$26.00

Buy at: Unique Vintage

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Lelet Ny Grace Swarovski Crystal Headband - Gold/Clear

$180.00

Buy at: Shopbop

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Dauphines Of New York January Birthday Party Headband - January

$80.00

Buy at: Shopbop

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Geometric Beaded Headband

$10.98

Buy at: Torrid

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Deco-rate Your 'Do Hair Pin Set from ModCloth

$8.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Handmade Black & Bronze Jazz Headband

$60.00

Buy at: Unique Vintage

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

ASOS Faux Pearl Tiara Headband

$23.22

Buy at: ASOS.com USA

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ASOS Pretty Faux Pearl Drop Hair Crown

$19.35

Buy at: ASOS.com USA

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

ASOS Embellished Headband

$19.35

Buy at: ASOS.com USA

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Handmade Ivory Mia Headband

$64.00

Buy at: Unique Vintage

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Handmade Black Sequin; Bead; & Fringe Velma Flapper Headband

$56.00

Buy at: Unique Vintage

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Turquoise and Gold Chain Beaded Elastic Headband

$12.99

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Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Gray and Silver Beaded Elastic Double Headband

$14.99

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Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Sweetie Pie Collection Girls Beaded Headband

$20.99

Buy at: Overstock.com

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Kate Marie Glass Bead Butterfly Embellished Headband

$13.59

Buy at: Overstock.com

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Deepa Gurnani Beaded Headband - Multi

$95.00

Buy at: Shopbop

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

LOFT Scalloped Crystal Beaded Headband, Gold - One Size

$24.50

Buy at: LOFT

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Ribbon Leaf Crystal Rhinestone Bridal Headband

$29.99

Buy at: Overstock Jeweler

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Blush Rhinestone Circles Headband

$12.99

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Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Deepa Gurnani Rhinestone Elastic Headband, Gold

$55.00

Buy at: Neiman Marcus Last Call (Neiman Marcus)

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Uncommon Character Headband

$10.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Crystal Allure Twist Headband

$100.00

Buy at: Kohls Department Stores Inc

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Flapper Headband Red

£5.99

Buy at: Angels Fancy Dress

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Luxe statement triple mixed crystal stone headband

£75.00

Buy at: Debenhams

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Designer silver embellished flower headband

£10.50

Buy at: Debenhams

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Black beaded headband

£6.60

Buy at: Debenhams

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Designer black embellished feather headband

£10.50

Buy at: Debenhams

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Statement crystal flower and pearl silver headband

£65.00

Buy at: Debenhams

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Elizabeth peardrop crystal vintage style headband

£35.00

Buy at: Debenhams

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Designer ivory feather diamante headband

£32.00

Buy at: Debenhams

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Designer white jewel encrusted headband

£15.00

Buy at: Debenhams

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Ivory embellished diamante headband

£8.40

Buy at: Debenhams

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Designer silver small embellished headband

£20.00

Buy at: Debenhams

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Vintage style crystal square stone hair comb

£40.00

Buy at: Debenhams

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Sterling Games Rhinestone Bow Headband

$29.74

Buy at: Kmart

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Leopard & Flower Pillbox Headband

$42.00

Buy at: Unique Vintage

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Cream Velvet & Silver Coco Headband

$38.00

Buy at: Unique Vintage

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Black with Silver Rhinestone Headband

$26.00

Buy at: Unique Vintage

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Black Cocktail Feather & Mesh Headband

$15.00

Buy at: Unique Vintage

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Black Satin Bow Headband with Netted Veil

$18.00

Buy at: Unique Vintage

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Black Sequin & Feather Stretch Headband

$14.00

Buy at: Unique Vintage

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

InCharacter Costumes 'Magical Mermaid' Dress & Headband (Little Girls & Big Girls)

$69.99

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Six 1920s Headbands You Can Wear Today
 

Baby Aspen 'Big Dreamzzz - Princess' Bodysuit, Sock & Headband (Baby Girls)

$34.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

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