Sure they're a gym must-have, but headbands are also an easy way to keep your hair back and look sophisticated doing it. You just have to make sure you're picking the right one. Ditch those thin bands of bright-color elastic and cheap, stiff plastic versions and upgrade your headbands to sophisticated, grownup versions perfectly acceptable for an evening out.
There are three main things to keep in mind when choosing a headband: color, size, and texture. When you're aiming for a sophisticated look, headbands should usually match or blend with the color of your hair. That doesn't mean boring; you can find jeweled versions in hues similar to just about every hair color that will add some sexiness to a standard hairstyle.
When considering the size of the headband, don't go any larger than about an inch wide. Too big and you start to veer into kiddie territory. Thin, delicate headbands are a great addition to an updo for a night out. They add just the right amount of oomph.
When it comes to texture, you don't have to be bland and boring. Look for subtle patterns or textures. And while headbands with embellishments can also be a stylish option, avoid ones with overwhelming add-ons. You never want to wear an accessory that rivals the size of your head!