Hanky Head

August 18, 2014

If you have a baby girl, you know how important those silly baby headbands are. While you can find them in nearly every grocery and convenience store, cute, understated and interesting headbands under $20 are nearly impossible to find. One day, I was rifling through my delicates drawer and I stumbled upon a vintage handkerchief. At the time we had NO money, not even enough to buy a cheap little pack of headbands, and Esmé was getting to the age where I wanted to start dressing her up a little more when we would go out. Not only because it’s adorable, but also because it helps avoid the question (or supposition) of whether she’s a boy or girl. As necessity is the mother of invention…

…I tied the hanky around her head the same way I do with my bandana. And it was perfect!


I’m always on the lookout for beautiful handkerchiefs whenever I’m at antique stores or flea markets. My friend Jordan gave me the three beautiful vintage hankies pictured below, and I use those more than any others. I love the delicate, interesting edges, and the colors are so pretty. Now I just have to figure out what to do with them when her head gets too big!


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  • Reply Jennifer Swenson August 18, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I, too, love vintage handkerchiefs – I have about forty of them and use them constantly! It is completely fanciful, but have you ever seen a book called Hankie Couture? A lady started making dresses for a Barbie-sized doll out of vintage handkerchiefs and each on is one-of-a-kind and the sort of thing I always wanted for my Barbies…..some of them are things I wish I could wear myself….Esmé looks darling in her little kerchief, by the way – baby girls are so much fun to dress! Boys can be dressed adorably, too, but who are we kidding – girls have more/better choices.

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