A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting Green Eyed Maven which is a vintage and upscale resale shop run by Aubrey D'Agostino in a cute suburb outside of Chicago called Elmhurst. Aubrey runs Green Eyed Maven from her home and as soon as you walk in, the front part of her place is set up with racks and racks of vintage, as well as consignment pieces that you would never think you were shopping in the comfort of her home. Her inventory appeals to ladies of all styles with a wide range of items from a vintage Pendleton coat to a reasonably priced DVF wrap dress, but one thing that really caught my attention are Aubrey's vintage braidbands.
Made from vintage silk scarves like Carolina Herrera, Oscar De La Renta and Bill Blass, these braidbands are unique handmade headwear different than anything I've stumbled upon before. She started making these braidbands from vintage scarves and ever since, these cute pieces have been in high demand.
Unlike traditional headbands, these braidbands offer a variety of ways to wear them. The layered excess fabric allows ladies with longer hair to add a little more volume by weaving the ends as part of a hair braid or making it a part of cute messy bun. But, there's more - the braidbands don't just have to be used as a piece of headwear. It's versatility allows the braidband to be used as a cute neck-ssessory if fastened with a brooch, a nice little accent if tied onto your favorite purse and much more. Aubrey's braidband adds such cute depth to any hairdo and I had so much fun figuring out ways to wear it beyond a traditional headband.