Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Braidy Bunch

Braids are not just for your hair anymore. For the summer of 2009, braids are being used as headbands, jewelry, belts, straps on tops/dresses, etc. They are perfect for the summer as they bring back carefree memories of childhood. They also fit in with the hippie-chic trend. Look below to see different types of braids that you won't sporting in your hair except for maybe the braided headbands).

A New Way To Braid Your Hair:

Braided Hair Headband, $3.99,

Fab Braided Elastic Headwrap, $1.50, shown in red; also available in purple, blue, grey, and ivory,

Braided Chain Headband, $24.00, shown in washed black; also available in camel,

Black Double Braid Headband, $8.00,

Silver Double Braid Headband, $8.00,

Single Row Braid Hair, $6.00,

Two Row Braided Hair, $6.00,

Braided Floral Headwrap, $12.00, shown in black; also available in cream,

Double Braided Headband, $9.99, shown in bronze, also available in black;

2 Rwo Braided Head Wrap, $2.90,

A cool look to try out with a braided headband is getting one that matches your hair color. It may even fool people into thinking it's part of your real hair. Of course, it also looks cool if the headband doesn't match your hair, so don't be afraid to try this style out either. If you're going to an event where you need to be dressed up, you can wear a braided headband with your hair up in a bun. For a more casual day, simply wear your hair down with the headband. I would suggest avoiding any braided hairstyle. You want the headband to stand out as much as possible.

Braids & Beads:

Tasseled Braid Necklace, $24.95, shown in green; also available in purple,

Beaded Braid Cuff, $4.00,

Braided Chain Necklace, $9.99,

Aliie Braided Bead Necklace, $8.80, shown in pink; also available in clear,

Braided Rhinestone Choker, $24.80,

Multi Smooth/Braided, $2.99,

Multi Braid Cuff Bracelet, $9.99,

Xhilaration Rainbow Braid Band Watch, $6.48,

Full Tilt 30" Filigree Puff Heart Necklace, $6.99,

Full Tilt Braided Bracelet, $4.99,

For a casual summer look, pair a braided bracelet with a screen tee, a pair of shorts, and some flip flops. For a more dressy Summer look, wear a braided necklace with a sundress and a pair of wedge espadrilles. To make your own braided bracelet, get three strands of yarn (or a similar material) that are approximately 6 inches long, tie the strands together in a knot on one end, and start braiding. When you are finished braiding, tie a knot on the other end. Then tie both ends together to fasten the bracelet. If you've ever made a friendship bracelet at summer camp, this may sound familiar to you. Use the same technique for making a braided necklace. The only difference is you'll want the strands of yarn to be longer. I'd say 15 inches is a pretty good length. (WARNING: Please do not attempt to tie the necklace while it is around your own or someone else's neck. This is a choking hazard.)

Braided Bags:

Amoruso, $24.98, shown in turquoise; also available peach,

Morazzone, $29.98, shown in cognac; also available in bone,

Pietzsch, $29.98, shown in purple; also available in midngiht black,

Villongo, $29.98,

Treasure Trove Bag, $$29.95,

Oversized Braided Hobo, $19.99, shown in turquoise; also available in black,

Braided Handle; $14.99, shown in brown; also available in black,

Pop Color Purse, $34.99, shown in pink, also available in blue,

Braided Strap Handbag, $19.99,

Deux Lux Sack With Braided Strap, $49.99,

For a bohemian style, pair a braided strap handbag with a peasant top, a shredded denim skirt, bangle bracelets, a feather necklace, and wedge espadrilles. To get a modern-hippie look, wear this handbag with a tie-dyed top, destroyed jeans, bangles, feather earrings, and some flip flops. For a simple summer look, pair this bag with a maxi dress, some gladiator sandals, and a floppy hat.

A Shoe-In:

Hampton Gladiator, $14.99, available in sizes 6 and 8,

Jessie, $39.95, shown in tan; also available in white and black, sizes 5 1/2-11,

Tori, $49.99, available in sizes 5-8,

Braided Strappy Sandal, $10.50, available in sizes 5.5-7.5,

Braided Strappy Wedges, $27.99, shown in brown; also available in black, sizes 5.5-10,

Braid Weave Sandals, $19.99, available in sizes 6, 6.5, and 7,

Canyon River Blues Braided Gladiator, $8.99, available in sizes 7 and 10,

Canyon River Blues Double Braided Thong, $8.99, available in sizes 7 and 10,

Full Tilt Metallic Braid Womens Sandal, $11.99, available in sizes 6-10,

Open Minded Manhatten Womens Sandals, $19.99, available in sizes 6-9,

For a pool party, pair some braided flip flops or braided flat sandals with a romper and your favorite bathing suit. For a date, wear some braided wedge shoes or braided high heeled shoes with a halter top, ripped denim skirt, a flower hair clip, and a bangle.

Another Notch In Your Belt:

Amelia Braided Belt, $12.50, shown in purple; also available in black, brown, green, red, and white, sizes Small-Medium and Medium-Large,

Braided Belt, $9.99, available in sizes S/M and M/L,

Thick & Thin Braided Belt, $8.99, shown in black; also available in brown, sizes S-L,

Neon Rainbow Braid Belt, $5.80, available in sizes S/M and M/L,

Braided Belt Off Shoulder Shirred Top, $19.99, available in sizes Xsmall-Large,

Braided Rope Belt, $7.80,

American Living Cotton Braid Belt, $19.99, available in sizes Small-X-Large,

Mix Braid Belt, $14.99,

Braided Tie Belt Short, $22.50, available in sizes 0-9,

Stud Skinny Braid Belt, $10.50, shown in white; also available in black, sizes S-L,

To get a western-inspired look, wear a braided belt with a plaid button-down shirt, some ripped jeans, fringe shoes, and a cowboy hat. To channel a Greek goddess, wear a braided belt around the waist of a one-shouldered dress. Pair the dress and belt with some gladiator sandals, a flower headband, gold bangles, and gold hoop earrings.

Strap It On:

Braided Vneck Dress, $19.99, available in sizes S-XL,

Sienna Plaid Cami, $14.99, available in sizes XS-XL,

Braided Color Block Dress, $22.80, available in sizes Medium and Large,

Braided Strap Floral Dress, $27.80, available in sizes Medium and Large,

Braided Strap Slub Top, $10.80, shown in purple; also available in black, orange, mustard, and, olive, available in sizes Small-Large,

Braided Trim Bubble Hem Top, $17.80, shown in royal; also available in white and magenta,

Fab Braid Strap Knit Dress, $13.50, shown in pink; also available in navy, coral, aqua, yellow, and black, sizes Small-Large,

Two-Tone Braided Babydoll, $27.80, available in sizes Small-Large,

Maxi Blurry Floral Braid, $24.99, available in sizes S-XL,

Braided Strap Top, $11.99, available in sizes XS-XL,

For a Grecian-inspired look, pair a braided strap dress with some gladiator sandals, a flower headband, gold bangle bracelets, and gold chandelier earrings. You can also achieve this look with a braided strap top and A-line skirt instead of a dress.

I hope you liked my braided fashion finds. If you see any other types of braided pieces that you would like me to feature in this blog, let me know. E-mail me at or write to me on myspace.


Little Red said...

I love braided items!

Especially liking the headbands! I have one in yellow from Forever 21.

Tara said...

I'm glad you like the items I posted. I like the headbands too. The yellow one you have sounds cool. I want to get a braided headband that's the same color as my hair (brown).