While all in all this fashion month may have seemed a little heavy, there was still room for some adornment this season with the fall 2020 hair accessory trends.
Surprisingly, there were a ton of jeweled hair accessories for fall 2020, from brooches to headbands to even just little jewels dispersed through the hair. On the less luxurious side, bandanas, chords, and hair scarves had their own subtle impact. Whatever your style, we think you’ll find something to like in the fall/ winter 2020-2021 hair accessory trends.
Widow-like characters showed up in mourning wear on quite a few runways, and of course, this kind of look could not be complete without a veil.
The vintage, neo-noir vibes at Rodarte were only enhanced by the addition of veils. Many of the models wore short, netted veils that were just long enough to cover their faces. The veils came in colors matched to the outfits, and some were even topped with realistic-looking flowers.
The black veil worn by each one of the models at Elie Saab was quite simple and extremely delicate. Made of a totally transparent black net with a few odd black polka dots, the veils weren’t readily noticeable despite being wrapped around to cover the models’ faces.
A ton of other designers sent models out on the runway in veils, including Giambattista Valli, Chocheng, Carolina Herrera, and Christopher John Rogers.
#2. Ribbons and Scarves
There is no better way to adorn a low-slung ponytail (which was the most common hairstyle on the runways by a long shot) than a subtle length of ribbon. This is one of those fall/ winter 2020-2021 hair accessory trends that come without any rules – just find a length of ribbon that you like, and tie it around the base of your ponytail to hide your hair tie.
The satin ribbons used at Brandon Maxwell were matched to outfits and tied up in such a way so that each end draped off to the side of the ponytail. For Richard Quinn, Sam McKnight tied off messy folded buns with a length of thin, velvet ribbon.
Lastly, at Dolce & Gabbana, knitted scarves were styled a little bit different, as they were wrapped around the head like a winter headband or, in some cases, tied around an updo.
Bows added a bourgeois touch to many of the hairstyles this season, and also stood out to us as one of the more feminine fall/ winter 2020 hair accessory trends.
The bows at Chanel will probably have the biggest impact on coming styling choices. They enhanced lightly voluminous semi-updos, helping to tie the look together with their romantic touch.
The bows at Cynthia Rowley were black and oversized, so instead of looking delicate, they added a funky, ‘80s-inspired touch to side-swept hair. Finally, at Giambattista Valli, thin black cords and ribbons were tied into bows right atop of the models’ heads, giving a girlish feel to slicked-back hair.
#4. Strings & Cords
Tying off a braid with a random cord or just taking a string and wrapping it around your head… needless to say, strings and cords represented the DIY side of the fall 2020 hair accessory trends.
A length of string wrapped around a mussed interpretation of a Greek goddess updo at Antonio Marras gave an off-kilter touch to the look. Tiny braids at Max Mara were added randomly throughout the hair and then punched up with colorful, threadbare cords tied around their ends.
#5. Floral Hairpins and Brooches
Hair brooches and pins are great for adding just a hint of shine to the hair in a playful and youthful way that isn’t childish. For the fall 2020 hair accessory trends, most of the hair brooches we saw had floral designs (like the fall 2020 hats), perhaps as a sign of longing for spring.
The brooches at Miu Miu were designed to look like large tropical flowers and even placed right above the ear. However, the twist was that they came in non-floral colors like black with metallic detailing.
Floral hairpins at Tom Ford also had a bit of a tropical vibe. They were secured a little higher than at Miu Miu, right over the forehead and above the left ear. The leaves were made of feathers colored to look metallic, so from a distance, they looked like they were made of gold.
Finally, at Giambattista Valli, there was a “more is more” approach with many models wearing two large, jewel-encrusted flower-shaped brooches in addition to hair bows.
#6. Dispersed Jewels
For a night out or a fancy party, none of the other fall 2020 hair accessories compare to the glamour that dispersed jewels can impart to the hair. As you turn your head, they will catch in the light, giving an ethereal effect to your look, just like the bejeweled nails of fall.
At Jonathan Cohen, large pearl pins lined the braids of models with cornrows, like pretty, jeweled polka dots. Tiny jewels were a little more delicate at Alice + Olivia, where they were magically dispersed through loose hair.
Finally, the most dramatic use of jewels was at Ashish, where pendants were hung from the braids used to create a very elaborate updo.
#7. Notable Headbands
Headbands are a runway signature for a lot of designers, and as part of the fall 2020 hair accessories, a lot of them stood out to us as particularly attention-grabbing.
Most of the headbands were more luxurious, like the crown-like metal ones worn at Prada, or the heavily jeweled and beaded ones that models wore at Simone Rocha and Erdem.
Headbands at Lanvin, on the other hand, seemed to be helmet-inspired, made of thick, smooth leather and covering nearly the entirety of the front half of the head, including the ears.
#8. Upside-Down Headbands
It might be more of a styling trend than a true hair accessory trend, but with that said, you now have the option of wearing your headband upside down, especially if it’s in order to adequately frame an updo.
This was how a few models at Badgley Mischka wore heavily jeweled headbands, which allowed their high chignons to stand out even more. Models wore upside-down headbands wrapped with cushiony satin at Fendi, though here it was to allow magnificently twisted buns to stand out.
A hair tie isn’t always enough for keeping your hair out of the way during a workout, so we appreciated the sportier fall 2020 hair accessories that designers presented.
Logo-emblazoned headbands at Adeam looked like the perfect sporty accessory for keeping sweat off of your face. Slimmer chords at Chromat also had a sporty vibe and were used either to embellish braids or as headbands to keep hair away from the face.
#10. Large Hair Jewelry and Headpieces
For those really wanting to stand out, there were some hair accessories that we think are easiest to describe as hair jewelry, as those mimicked the fall 2020 jewelry trends. These were large, jeweled headpieces that would be impossible to ignore.
We’re used to ostentatious uses of jeweled accessories at Area, but we were still surprised by the wrap-around crystal-studded headpieces that a few of the models wore on their heads. Things were comparatively tame at Gucci, with crystal-studded headbands that draped over the ears and were matched to long, crystal-studded earrings.
Finally, Naeem Khan presented crown-like headpieces made of metal and jewels, with a purposefully asymmetrical design. The final effect was regal but otherworldly.
Wrapping a bandana around your head for fall? It’s more likely than you think since bandanas were some of the more common fall 2020 hair accessories.
Most of the models at Christian Dior had long scarves tied around their heads like bandanas, giving bad girl vibes to outfits that were otherwise quite tame. The scarves were printed with dots or with the old-school Dior logo.
Bandanas added to the hippie look at Gucci, with a few of the flower child models wearing triangular bandanas covered in floral prints.
Photos via Livingly, Vogue