Padded headbands first became popular back in the 1980s, and in recent years, they've made a major comeback. People have had a lot of feelings about the voluminous accessory, but it's ultimately made its way into our hearts once again and is here to stay for the upcoming season. But the look is more versatile than you think, and it can be the cherry on top to any aesthetic from Gossip Girl style to cottagecore. Whether you’re looking for the perfect accessory for an everyday look or styling an outfit for an event, there’s a padded headband out there for you.
Despite its bulky nature, the chic hair accessory is generally lightweight and comfortable to wear all day long. Ahead, find 33 padded headbands for every budget and style, and get ready to serve the most over-the-top looks this fall.
Perfect for fall, this padded headband from Lele Sadoughi is made from a poly blend yarn in a neutral caramel color. Pair it with uniform-inspired pieces for the ultimate preppy vibes.
For the bride-to-be or anyone who models their personal style after Blair Waldorf, this luxe headband is covered with beautiful Swarovski pearls and hand-embroidered in Brooklyn, New York.
This affordable padded headband's velvet finish transitions seamlessly from day to night. A touch of shimmer adds just enough glam for an elevated going-out look.
Corduroy makes for a chic fall staple in a stunning mustard color. Wear it with your favorite neutrals for a seasonally appropriate look that stands out.
Looking for an affordable padded headband that can bring '80s vibes into a Y2K aesthetic? This orange terry style is just what you need, and it's fun whether you wear it out or simply use it during your skincare routine.
Logomania is still on trend, and we're here for it. A classic, neutral take on the padded headband, Prada’s signature triangle logo pops against beige nylon for an everyday accessory.
Fall florals are an actually groundbreaking way to transition your style from summer to winter. This headband's delicate petals are subtle from afar, but sure to captivate anyone you chat with at your next cocktail.
This classic padded headband balances sophistication with ease, making it perfect for the office or a cozy WFH look.
The little black dress of headbands, this Frida Kahlo-inspired piece is made of 100% satin. It's lightweight and comfortable, so you'll be sure to want to rock the statement look all day long.
Velvet is the texture of the season, and this affordable headband integrates this in the most classic, comfortable way.
Available in two colors, the padded velvet headband from Kitsch is an elevated everyday staple.
We love an unapologetically vibrant moment. The bright red shade of this gathered headband is great for a monochromatic aesthetic or as a pop of color against an all-black look.
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: Green is the color of the season across both style and home. This padded headband in olive green is a fall staple that everyone needs in their closet.
Who doesn’t love a fluffy accessory? If you want to make a cozy statement, this one is for you.
Stunning when paired with leather pants and a blazer, this headband from Lelet NY is the perfect piece to elevate any look.
Ideal for a holiday party or special event, this padded headband is an exquisite addition to any occasion ensemble.
Classic and sleek, mint creates a brilliant pop of color in any look, no matter the season.
Braided with a touch of iridescent sparkle, this padded headband adds a touch of glamour to a classic outfit.
This style from Gucci is just the vintage-inspired hairpiece you need to complete your head-to-toe denim look.
Jewel tones elevate any monochromatic look. Whether you’re looking to style denim or a black jumpsuit, colorful gems will add a touch of unapologetic maximalism.
Whether you have long hair like Rapunzel or simply enjoy the way a padded headband resembles a crown, awaken your inner flower child with this pink braided floral style.
Made to be the focal point of your look, this artful headband is a unique accessory complete with scarf detailing.
Jennifer Behr creates luxury designs that any hair accessory fan can appreciate. A light, hammered texture on silk satin creates a subtle allure.
This padded headband instantly completes any preppy look. Multicolor tweed makes for a versatile piece that goes with almost anything.
Where edgy meets muted, neutral patent leather is a staple in my book. Thanks to the complex aesthetic, it's easy to wear this headband with a range of styles for a balanced statement every time.
This padded headband is so cute (and affordable), you may just want to buy it in every color so you have options for your entire wardrobe.
A statement print can pull together your entire look. This headband is versatile and looks put-together and daring at the same time when paired with a camel blazer and khaki jumpsuit.
You’ll want one of these in every color. Understated and elegant, this is a classic padded headband that we all need in our closets.
Perfect for a day when you want to sparkle, this gem-covered headband can be your crown for the day. Its delicate nature makes every piece unique, and will be sure to turn heads.
Handmade and a unique standout, this padded headband is a delicate piece that you’ll cherish forever.
I can give you 8 Other Reasons you need this headband, but you really only need one: Elevated ponytails. Padded headbands are a great way to take your updo to the next level when you need a bit of inspiration.
Boho chic and available in five fun patterns and colors, this statement piece hits the mark when it comes to having fun with your hair.
If you want to splurge, this one's for you. This padded headband from Prada will have everyone mesmerized with its voluminous height and vibrant color.