Aaron Woods wore his proudly at the Dally M Awards, but the jury is still out on whether headbands for men are on trend… or just TRAGIC.
- West Tigers prop Aaron Woods wore an Alice band to the Dally M Awards
- The trend is popular in Europe, especially with soccer players
- Opinions are divided over whether they will become a trend in Australia
- Sydney stylist Jeff Lack said the trend should stay in Europe
- Celebrity hair stylist Anthony Nader says Aaron is paving the way for men
He’s a towering front rower who represented Australia on the footy field, but that did not stop Aaron Woods from wearing a headband to the Dally M Awards.
The West Tigers player and Prop of the Year walked the red carpet at the NRL event in Sydney on Monday night sporting an on trend navy suit, black tie and matching Alice band.
But opinions are divided over whether the predominately European trend will be the next big thing in men’s fashion.
The Alice band, which originated in about 1865 after the release of Alice in Wonderland, is a horse-shoe shaped or elastic headband worn around the head.
The accessory is a favourite of retired English footballer David Beckham, who was seen sporting a headband on numerous occasions throughout his career.
Sydney stylist Jeff Lack told Daily Mail Australia while headbands were a staple on European football fields, that is where they should stay.
‘I see them on European tourists and that’s where they belong, its a soccer thing and lets face it they lay down for a cry if an opponent grazes past them,’ he said.
‘Even though ‘Man mountain’ Aaron looks like he could cut down trees with his bare hands the Alice band screams feminine to me.
‘Whats next, hair nets? As a long haired man, I like my hairstyle to look as masculine as I can make it.’
RAW salon owner and celebrity stylist Anthony Nader disagreed, and told Daily Mail Australia Aaron Woods was paving the way for Australian men.
‘It’s hard to pull off if, and only if, you have the confidence to go with it,’ he said.
‘It takes a real man to know his style and what works from head to toe.
‘This craze isn’t new by any means as its quiet a European style that top celebrities and sport mans have embraced and even men’s Fashion Weeks around the world – so it’s got to be relevant.’
By Lauren Grounsell for Daily Mail Australia