How To Own It: Floral Headbands

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Since I tend to view myself as a tiny woodland creature trapped in the urban sprawl, I regularly fight the urge to stick twigs and flowers and leaves in my hair and around my body and call it fashion. Luckily, spring is a time when it’s fully appropriate to do things like that (…right?), and since it’s basically March which means it’s basically not winter anymore, little floral things have started popping up in stores between the monochromatic geometric prints that defined the past few months. No word from the actual crocuses and daffodils yet, but I’ll gladly settle for some accessories in the meantime.  I’m going to give you a heads up right now that I’m going to be doing a lot of floral-themed posts in the next few months.

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Today I want to talk specifically about floral headbands, for the obvious reasons that they are fucking adorable and conveniently super trendy at the moment, according to my “work research” trip to Soho earlier this week (ahem). You can buy one or ten and wear them every day, and actually, could you please? I having nothing but positive feelings about girls with flowers in their hair.

via topshop

via topshop

This one from Topshop that sparked today’s post has flowers AND spikes, so I thought you’d be into it. Of course, when I went to link it for you, it was sold out already because sometimes life is cruel (but I wanted to show you any way!). Here are some other equally fantastic options:

clockwise from left corner: via daisiesforcharlie, daisiesforcharlie, kisforkani, via kisforkani

clockwise from left corner: via daisiesforcharlie, daisiesforcharlie, kisforkanikisforkani

DIY Floral Headband

Floral headbands also obviously make for a super simple/rad craft project. You will need:

Silk Flowers
Sewing materials
A fabric covered headband
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1. The first and most important thing to do is select your silk flowers. Imagine how much time you think it took me to do this and multiply it by three. Once you’ve selected your flowers in as many colors and shapes as you want, cut their heads off as close to the plastic stem as possible. Be careful not to cut it too close otherwise it’ll come apart. Then, lay the flowers out in the pattern you want, just to get a feel for how it will look.
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2. To be completely honest with you my original plan was to glue these on but my very smart girlfriend pointed out that there’s no way that would actually work. So, I sewed them down, which is why you need a fabric covered headband. Start with one in the middle and work your way out by sewing the leaves to the sides and underside of the headband.
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3. Put it on and wait for spring.
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Gabrielle writes facts and feelings from an old brick house in an outer borough of New York City. When she's not writing about lesbians, she's editing/writing/producing things at her day job in the beauty department of a well-known online style magazine. In her spare time, she helps organize the New York City Dyke March and makes up songs about her dog.

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    These are super pretty. Can anyone give any suggestions on preventing headbands from giving you headaches? I’m sure I’m not the only one with this problem. I will totally rock a headband with flowers on it if I can figure this out.

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      Sometimes I feel better if I put the ends of the headbands pinching my ears down. But this only works when my hair is going to cover my ears so I don’t look like an elf in disguise.

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      As a professional headband wearer (pretty much), I advise the following:

      1. The day/week before you want to wear your headband, put it over some books on your bookshelf (or whatever you want, really), such that it is slightly stretched – but not too much. Leave it there for a while. When you take it off, it should be more comfortable to wear, but hopefully not so stretched that it slides down and over your face at a moment’s notice.

      2. This sounds crazy, but if they’re the plastic/enamel kind, you may consider taking them to an optometrist and asking them to make it a little wider.

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    aww. yours turned out great! does this work with short hair (ca sara quin last year) though? where does the fringe go? are the ears still covered with hair? so many questions.. heeeeeelp, i too want to look like a hamster wearing a flower hat. D:

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      haha :) well actually my hair is only long on one side, the other side is cut pretty close to my scalp. and i think it looks fine with a headband! i put my fringe in front of the headband and pulled the headband down a little so it was like 3/4 down my bangs. you do you with your ears! one of mine is showing completely and the other is a tiny bit covered.

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