80’s Throwback: Styling the Alice Band

The Alice Band

The Alice BandThe Alice band is back. We repeat: the Alice band is BACK.

Headwear staple of the original 1980’s Sloane Ranger, this cute accessory has been spotted on the well-groomed heads of both Hollywood A-listers and British It-girls this summer. First championed in the fashion arena by Diana, Princess of Wales and her royal sister-in-law Sarah Ferguson over thirty years ago, it’s no wonder the Alice band’s 2016 comeback has been championed by Diana’s daughter-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge. Back in the eighties the Alice band was deemed the ultimate ‘Chelsea-and-Costwolds’ style accessory, setting Sloanies firmly apart from the rest of the pack. The Alice band became synonymous with weekends in the country, Barbour jackets and Hunter wellies. The Alice band was a little buttoned-up and sensible back then: a safe style option. And now? Well, see for yourself…

Princess Diana wearing an Alice BandKate Middleton Alice Band Trend

Here’s Kate pictured with Prince George at Houghton Horse Trials back in May. Teamed effortlessly with her trademark Breton stripes and skinny jeans, could Kate be adding a new wardrobe staple to her armory? Let’s hope so! This plastic and tortoiseshell print Alice band is clearly a favorite of hers, since she was pictured wearing it again on a breezy day at an air show in July. We love how it gives the hair a simple volume boost when you position it behind the ears and then push it forward a little, creating what some journalists have named ‘the Knightsbridge quiff’. Practical and stylish as ever, Kate!

Kate Middleton Alice Band Trend

Cressida Bona wearing the Alice Band

Prince Harry’s old flame Cressida Bonas looks all chic and business-like here in her black velvet headband. We must admit, the Alice band certainly looks handy for bad hair days and for when you’re caught out between washes or facing windy weather like Kate Middleton did last month. Not that Cressy’s locks ever look anything less than dreamy.

Gwyneth Paltrow headband style

Gwyneth Paltrow channels a 1960s screen siren look with a slim, elastic Alice band styled with some root volume and a neat bun. So Audrey!

Emma Watson Alice Band Style on the Modern Prep Gazette

Here’s Emma Watson looking darling with her Alice band taming a messy up-do to perfection. Always so flawless. We heart you, Ems!

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Charlize Theron arrives at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Feeling a little glam? Looking for some red-carpet inspo? Check out Hollywood star Charlize Theron looking nothing less than ethereal in her diamante-studded Alice band styled with a romantic, wispy side-bun.

The Alice band divided opinions in the eighties and appears to be doing the same today. What do you think? Frumpy or fabulous? Tag us in your Alice band selfies on Instagram and we’ll regram the most darling snaps. Just tag us @SloaneRanger and get styling that perfect Kensington quiff!

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