21 Summer Headbands That Aren't Flower Crowns, Because It Isn't 2012 Anymore — PHOTOS
Another festival season, another summer, and another return to the ultimate accessory — the flower crown — are all upon us. But if you, like me, have realized that flower crowns have become more or less basic, then you probably want some alternative summer headband options: Something a little more chic, as well as a bit more unique than another fake rose affair.
I may sound a little harsh, but I only want to warn others about the overrated-ness of flower crowns before summer actually hits and embarrassment ensues. It's easy enough to fall back on a style staple that will always look cute, but, IMO, it's better to reach forward for something new. So ditch your floppy hat and flower crowns and come find the perfect summer hair accessory for the hot months ahead.
Some of these pieces are a bit simple, while others are still OTT; but most importantly, they're all summery in a way that doesn't rely on cliches. If Miranda Priestly can say, "Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking," I too can push the same sentiment towards flower crowns. At least for the sake of your Instagram followers, please consider breaking out of this 2012 trend and setting your sights on a new favorite summer accessory. I'm personally in love with crystal crowns, but hopefully you can find something to adore, too. These are my favorite alternative headband options.
1. A Little Bit Wooden
Wallpaper Hair Crown, $104, asos.com
A little something similar to ease you into things, this wallpaper-inspired hair crown gives off total floral '60s vibes that feel more authentic than trend-following.
2. Something Pretty Precious
Rose Quartz And Amethyst Headband, $59.38, etsy.com/crystaleclipsecrowns
This precious stone crown will make you look like a Pagan princess — and since it's totally hand crafted, you can ensure that nobody will have a headband quite like yours, wherever you go.
3. Grecian Goddess
Metal Leaf Headband, $14, topshop.com
Something you may have previously seen at a toga party is now a chic summer accessory.
4. Feeling Fruity
Pineapple Print Head Wrap, $3.90, forever21.com
Casual, cute, and representing my favorite fruit: What more is there to want?
5. Minimalist Magic
Arrow Chain Hair Tiara, $13, asos.com
Simple yet effective — the kind of hair accessory that doesn't actually hold any hair back, but just highlights how lovely your locks are.
6. Princess Of The Party
Metal Crown, $64, urbanoutfitters.com
Move over King Kylie, there's a new league of royalty coming through.
7. Pom Poms Forever
Mini Pom Pom Headband, $10, asos.com
This headband is just the cutest. I wish pom poms would get the same amount of attention and adoration that flower crowns do.
8. Birds Of A Feather
Feather Headchain, $8, boohoo.com
Why not replace flowers with something equally pretty?
9. Sneaky Flowers
Floral Chain Headband, $5.90, forever21.com
Because you don't have to give up on flowers entirely — maybe just modernize them a bit.
10. Oh Gatsby
1920s Art Deco Headband, $36, etsy.com/sixfeathersstudio
If you want something dramatic and OTT, this headband is the one for you.
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11. That '70s Look
Circle Turban Headband, $10, asos.com
When you get into channelling different decades, you'll likely find that having style will become so much easier.
12. Simply Stones
Devonshire Circlet Headband, $28, urbanoutfitters.com
Give off some otherworldly, Game Of Thrones vibes with this simple but effective headband.
13. Keep It Crochet
Scalloped Crochet Headband, $3.80, forever21.com
Vintage feels and undeniable prettiness come with this crocheted headband.
14. Crystal Queen
Mystic Quartz Crown, $59.38, etsy.com/crystaleclipsecrowns
It's another crystal crown, but a totally different take on the look. Handmade and customizable, you can choose between silver, gold, or rose gold wire.
15. A Bit Backwards
Leaf Hairpiece, $13, asos.com
Not your traditional headband, this piece is a beautiful reversal of what you might expect from a hair accessory.
16. Lovely In Lace
Pretty Lace Headband, $16.50, asos.com
There's something super angelic about this lace headband, isn't there?
17. Night Skies
Moon And Stars Headwrap, $20, urbanoutfitters.com
Because who doesn't love a moon motif?
18. '20s Style
Art Deco Headband, $22.20, etsy.com/gatsbylady
This beaded number is a perfect shout-out to flapper style and the age of art deco.
19. Real Princesses Only
Crystal Princess Tiara, $14, boohoo.com
Why have a flower crown when you can have a real one?
20. A Twist In The Tale
Twisted Headband, $2.90, forever21.com
Who would've thought something so simple could be so elegant?
21. How Charming
Charm Crown Headband, $13, asos.com
What's better than a charm bracelet? A charm headband, duh.
So if you want to spend your summer looking more "effortlessly beautiful" than "trying too hard," consider investing in a few fun headbands for the hotter months ahead.
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