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, charlotterusse.com

Fab Braided Elastic Headwrap, $1.50, shown in red; also available in purple, blue, grey, and ivory, forever21.com

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


Black Double Braid Headband, $8.00, hottopic.com

Silver Double Braid Headband, $8.00, hottopic.com

Single Row Braid Hair, $6.00, mandee.com

Two Row Braided Hair, $6.00, mandee.com

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

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

2 Rwo Braided Head Wrap, $2.90, wetseal.com

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, anthropologie.com

Beaded Braid Cuff, $4.00, charlotterusse.com

Braided Chain Necklace, $9.99, charlotterusse.com

Aliie Braided Bead Necklace, $8.80, shown in pink; also available in clear, forever21.com

Braided Rhinestone Choker, $24.80, forever21.com

Multi Smooth/Braided, $2.99, mandee.com

Multi Braid Cuff Bracelet, $9.99, target.com

Xhilaration Rainbow Braid Band Watch, $6.48, target.com

Full Tilt 30" Filigree Puff Heart Necklace, $6.99, tillys.com


Full Tilt Braided Bracelet, $4.99, tillys.com


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, aldoshoes.com

Morazzone, $29.98, shown in cognac; also available in bone, aldoshoes.com

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

Villongo, $29.98, aldoshoes.com

Treasure Trove Bag, $$29.95, anthropologie.com

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

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

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


Braided Strap Handbag, $19.99, tillys.com

Deux Lux Sack With Braided Strap, $49.99, urbanoutfitters.com

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, alloy.com

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

Tori, $49.99, available in sizes 5-8, bakersshoes.com

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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, delias.com

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

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

Neon Rainbow Braid Belt, $5.80, available in sizes S/M and M/L, forever21.com

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

Braided Rope Belt, $7.80, gojane.com

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

Mix Braid Belt, $14.99, pinkice.com

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

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

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, alloy.com

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

Braided Color Block Dress, $22.80, available in sizes Medium and Large, forever21.com

Braided Strap Floral Dress, $27.80, available in sizes Medium and Large, forever21.com

Braided Strap Slub Top, $10.80, shown in purple; also available in black, orange, mustard, and, olive, available in sizes Small-Large, forever21.com

Braided Trim Bubble Hem Top, $17.80, shown in royal; also available in white and magenta, forever21.com

Fab Braid Strap Knit Dress, $13.50, shown in pink; also available in navy, coral, aqua, yellow, and black, sizes Small-Large, forever21.com

Two-Tone Braided Babydoll, $27.80, available in sizes Small-Large, forever21.com

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

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

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 Charmed42787@gmail.com or write to me on myspace.

2 comments:

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).