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Holiday entertaining season is upon us, and you know what that means. Lots of reasons to dress up, and lots of pressure to look polished and pulled together. You cannot show up at Grandma’s house with a messy ‘do. That’s just not respectful. So what’s a girl to do? If you ask us, the easiest way to master holiday hair is with a fabulous headband or other designer hair accessories, and we’re sharing our edit of 10 of the best party perfect versions.

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Headbands are back, and they’re ready to take center stage. Perhaps revived in part by Amanda Gorman’s inauguration look in 2021, these evergreen accessories are now all over our feeds – and soon to be all over our heads.

We can’t imagine an easier way to jazz up an outfit. Especially as the temperature drops, we’re longing for all things soft and warm (and in some cases, sparkly), and these headbands do the trick without even trying. They’re also perfect for those too-dark, too-cold days where we need to disguise the fact that we didn’t have time to do our hair.


master holiday hair with one of the best party ready headbands

Master easy holiday hair with one of the 10 best party ready designer headbands.

If you’re looking for a way to add a little something special to your wardrobe, consider picking up one of these ten headbands. You can either make a statement, or just add a subtle note of cheer.

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Designer hair accessories, including headbands and clips, perfect for parties.

Designer hair accessories, including headbands and clips, perfect for parties.

1. leather headband from balmainhair.

For 2023, BalmainHair has issued a limited-edition “shimmering silver headband made of genuine napa leather with an 18K gold-plated logo. Featuring nubuck lining that provides extra grip on the hair, making it comfortable to wear.” So pretty!

best designer hair accessories for holiday party seasonBUY NOW – $510.

2. belle crystal bow barette from jennifer behr.

This silk bow from Jennifer Behr is hand-crafted in Brooklyn, embroidered with hundreds of sparkling crystals.

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BUY NOW – $478.

3. cerchietto headband from la doublej.

Get ready to turn some heads – with your own, of course. This vibrant metallic headband from LA DOUBLEJ seems to ooze glamor from every sparkle.  If you have somewhere special to be, this shiny getup seems tailor-made for the holidays. Or any fun night out.

BUY NOW – $120.

4. crystal embellished headband from prada

Prada continues to be the source for ultra-luxe hair accessories, including the statement headband, like this crystal-studded version.  This satin accessory is “entirely covered in faceted crystals that create plays of light and iridescent glimmers on the surface.” Leave it to the Italian luxury brand to help us master easy holiday hair with one of the best party ready designer headbands around.


BUY NOW – $1.170.

5. hair clip with gg and hearts from gucci

Show some heart with this hair clip from Gucci.


BUY NOW – $490.

6. marjeta faux pearl embellished headband from jennifer behr

This piece from Jennifer Behr is here to prove that headbands are ready for the next level – or rather, they’re ready to take you (and your outfits) to the next level. This faux pearl embellished headband will bring the glamour, so that you don’t have to work nearly as hard.

BUY NOW – $575.

7. mara rose claw clip from lelet ny

Bring the drama with this red rose hair clip from designer accessories brand Lelet NY. Made by hand in New York City, the beautiful piece “features a metal claw clip covered with a silk rose. Use it to elevate romantic waves or a half-updo.”


BUY NOW – $160.

8. tory burch crystal embellished hair clips

Elevate your hairstyle with these matching hair clips from Tory Burch.


BUY NOW– $100.

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See? We stand by our assertion that the easiest way to master holiday hair is a fabulous headband or other cool designer hair accessory. Now that you’ve seen some of the best party ready ones for holiday from names like Prada and Gucci, we hope we’ve convinced you! Now go forth, and be gorgeous, dear reader.

Pamela Thomas-Graham

Pamela Thomas-Graham is the Founder & CEO of Dandelion Chandelier. She serves on the boards of several tech companies, and was previously a senior executive in finance, media and fashion, and a partner at McKinsey & Co.