It’s at least six months since I bought the black velvet hairband that languishes in my bedroom drawer, unworn. The power of Fenwick’s hat department. Such a great discovery – all newly jazzed-up, it’s a veritable treasure trove of affordable hair- and hat-related bounty. I have no idea how or why how I ended up there – I wasn’t in the market for a new hat, nor do I even wear hair clips. Having a good rummage, as you do when in Fenwick, I spied a black velvet bow sitting atop a plump velvet hairband that screamed ‘PRADA SHOW!’ – except it wasn’t Prada; it’s by Jennifer Ouellette and was roughly 60 quid. I popped the thing on my head and immediately began channelling my six-year-old self.
“A hairband, I realise, should probably be worn with kitten heels and a simple top, à la Brigitte Bardot, or with a fancy frock in the evening, otherwise (at a certain age) it can all get a bit Miss Jean Brodie gone wrong”
At home, I felt instantly ridiculous as my boyfriend LOLed. ‘Miss Marple springs to mind,’ he said, between gulps of air. Pass the tweed, will you, dears, I need to board this steam train. A hairband, I realise, should probably be worn with kitten heels and a simple top, à la Brigitte Bardot, or with a fancy frock in the evening, otherwise (at a certain age) it can all get a bit Miss Jean Brodie gone wrong. I’d forgotten all about the unworn purchase, until I saw a spring/summer Miu Miu campaign and realised all I probably need in my life is a flick of black eyeliner and the right place to go.
Off somewhere special, a hairband could be the quick-fix update you didn’t know you were looking for. A new look for less than £30? That would be nice. Spend a bit more and a plush pastel-coloured hairband or a fancier one covered in jewels, like the snazzy ones from Dolce & Gabbana, will pep up a special-occasion party outfit in a second. I’m going to give my black velvet hairband another go, she says, flicking black Bardot-style eyeliner across her eyelids, avoiding all further eye contact with her boyfriend.