The History of the Vintage Hair Accessory

When it comes to the early 20th century, women took their accessories very seriously. Women considered their hair an important part of their overall look and added beautiful accessories to their ever-changing hairstyles to add more impact.

While hair accessories are no longer as in vogue now as they were in the past, they are still a simple way to completely upgrade your style. Take a page from the past and add these amazing vintage hair accessories into your everyday wardrobe for a beautiful, timeless look.

Hair Combs
In the early 1900s, women often wore their long hair in stylish updos. During this century’s earliest decades, glamorous hair combs were added to beautiful hairstyles to help hold up the look while also adding visual interest. While hair combs could certainly be simple and understated, luxurious and decadent looks were still very much in style during this period.

Elements like tortoise shell, ivory, bone, and precious metals were used to create intricate and eye-catching designs that often mimicked organic shapes found in nature. Feathers were also very much on-trend and were used to amp up looks on special occasions.

Flapper Headbands

In the 1920s, hairstyles changed greatly. For the first time in modern history, women were cutting their hair short and donning stylish bobs. Because the styles were shorter, women needed to find different ways to add adornment to their hair.

flapper headband

It’s for this reason that flappers opted for headbands and other accouterments that complimented their cropped hairstyles. Art Deco inspired headbands encircled their heads and created an iconic style that is frequently mimicked today. These accessories were often dotted with crystals, pearls, or feathers to add increased detail.

Egyptian influence also inspired various hair accessories during this era. Its for this reason that jewel-encrusted skull caps rose to popularity. These statement accessories were often only worn on special occasions, but were highly stylized and made a definite statement when paired with the daring dresses of this period.

Veiled Hats

 

In the 1930s and 1940s, hair accessories were more popular than ever. While hats had always been in style, this era saw a greater variety of hair accessories and head coverings than ever before. Hats with netted veils are a vintage hair accessory that was extremely popular during this time. Often seen in movies from this era, these accessories added an air of refinement an class to every outfit.

 

September 3, 2018

31 Replies to “Hair Accessory In The Early 20th Century”

  1. Humaira says: September 5, 2018 at 4:18 am

    Amazing and beautiful post. Hair Accessories is so perfect for the vintage attires. All the women looking so stunning in the hair accessories. Great thoughts.

  2. Dipika Singh says: September 5, 2018 at 4:01 am

    Nice hair accessories, not sure of they suit me today but a look at these will always remind of good old regal days we saw on Tv or read in books.

  3. Varsh says: September 5, 2018 at 2:22 am

    Hair accessories accentuate any look beautifully. They look so classy anf elegant.

  4. Siddhi says: September 4, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    When I read Victorian books I do come across the terms like flapper headbands and veiled hats but I never gave it a thought. Thanks for this post bcz the next time I come across a vintage word like these I will Kno what it means. These are some uber cool fashion. Some are even revamped these days.

  5. Nisha says: September 4, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    I am so in l9ve with these beautiful hair accessories. It was a great era in terms of fashion and style. It should be recalled.

  6. Ishieta says: September 4, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    so interesting and beautiful! I love the stylish accessorisation back then , so feminine and pretty.

  7. Neha Jain says: September 4, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Wow that’s such a interesting read.. knowing about hair fashion is so nice

  8. Charu Chittwal says: September 4, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Hats off to the amount of of research you would had done for this blog

  9. poornima m reddy says: September 4, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Love the retro hair looks u have shared.. for me as a photographer I can always refer back to this post when I have a retro themed shoot.. much love

  10. Amrita says: September 4, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    What an interesting post.Flapper headbands look so lovely.I love butterfly clips my hair.

  11. Neha says: September 4, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    They made such beautiful accessories back then! I am a bit of a nut for such embellishments, I especially loved the veiled hats and flapper headbands

  12. Jhilmil Bhansali says: September 4, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Love these hair accessories , and more so they are in fashion and trend even today. The looks they create is so fascinating.

  13. Sarah says: September 4, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Love all the hair accessories you have posted here.
    So amazing to see most of them being so in even today.

  14. Deborah Nisha Miranda says: September 4, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Wow.. this is interesting.. didn’t know so much in history about hair accessories..

  15. Rima says: September 4, 2018 at 6:59 am

    I love the vintage looks..the hairband is really a good choice. This old fashion trends are coming again!!

  16. Purva Bhatia says: September 4, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Reading such an interesting piece after a long time! I wish the veiled hats style comes back. Seems so royal!

  17. Sayeri says: September 4, 2018 at 6:44 am

    I think these vintage fashion are coming again in fashion. I love the headbands and I love veil on hat design. We have spotted Kate Middleton wearing such a hat. It gives a royal look.

  18. Being Amna says: September 4, 2018 at 2:37 am

    Hair accessories give complete look to your attire & makeup! Looking at the accessories of 20th century i feel we have advanced so much and created so many unique & lovely designs with passing years. Love the way you displayed 20th centurys hair accessories.

  19. Rajshree says: September 3, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Wow! I wasn’t aware that all these hair accessories dated back to the 1920’s. I specially love the Veiled hats of them

  20. Papri Ganguly says: September 3, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    These are amazing hair accessories that looks so retro yet fashionable. Feels great to know about them

  21. Hema says: September 3, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    This is such a fab post. I loved reading it. The concept of hair comb seems to be very creative.

  22. Yogita Joshi says: September 3, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Love ur detailed article.. very well curated post. Loved every single piece…

  23. Ruchi Verma says: September 3, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Amazing and just wow trendy style ..you have moved so nicely and all are looking so amazing

  24. Tamanna says: September 3, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Wow this trends are really amazing. I love many of them. Beautifully written.

  25. chanchal bahety says: September 3, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    hair accessories add to the beauty, vintage jewellery look really good
    I wish to own a few 🙂

  26. Manmit says: September 3, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Such a ‘vintage ‘ write-up.. it was so fascinating to know about the 20th century hair-does! Am totally in love with vintage accessories!

  27. Priyanka Patwari says: September 3, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    when it comes to the early 20th century, women took their accessories very seriously. Very nice and informative post..

  28. Sangeeta G says: September 3, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Hair combs are present even nowadays but back then they definitely seem quite ‘extra’.
    It’s fun but a little too ‘extra’.

  29. Noorain says: September 3, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Love the retro facts, it’s always nice to know more about the history of fashion and it’s evol.

  30. Ritu Kalra says: September 3, 2018 at 11:18 am

    I have always been fascinated with vintage jewellery and today after reading your article; I have fallen for vintage hair accessories too…wonderfully written !!

  31. Priyal says: September 3, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Theses all hair accessories are looking so amazing, all the ladies/girls used to look very beautiful in different look

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