Blair Waldrof’s iconic headband is fashion’s latest accessory obsession, here’s how to style it out this winter.
There was a time (not so long ago) when our wardrobes were based entirely on whether we were Team Serena or Team Blair. Team Serena meant you centred your summer look on bohemian style maxi dresses with flowing wavy beach hair and your winter look on miniskirts and over-the-knee boots.
Team Blair focused on a more couture-like aesthetic. Whilst ruling the metaphorical Upper East Side your outfits comprised of plaid, a power coat and the occasional matching twinset. But every Gossip Girl fan will know the true mark of a Blair Waldorf fan-girl was her headband. Velvet and padded, embellished or even a tied silk scarf – no outfit was complete without the head adornments.
If you thought your Gossip Girl wardrobe was resigned to 2012 – the year we found out it was Dan Humphries signing off ‘xoxo’ each episode – you are in for a treat. Well, the Blair fans amongst us certainly are, for the Waldorf trademark headband is back.
In September designers showcased their spring summer collections and they were adorned with headwear. Prada sent 50-plus looks down the runway with padded silk and velvet headbands, Miu Miu similarly sported think crystal Alice bands, Simone Rocha’s version were super embellished, and Dior made a case for silk ballet inspired headbands.
The street style set seemed to get the memo early with many show goers already adapting the Blair Waldorf aesthetic, and Kate Middleton made a headband home run when she wore a super padded velvet version for the Armistice service at Westminster.
Whether it’s for a winter wedding, an easy way to elevate your jeans and roll-neck winter staples or to dress up your go to little black dress for the party season – we’ve finally got a reason to be more Blair.
Shop the best Blair approved headbands below:
Super luxe and perfect for your Upper East side plotting, Jennifer Behr rules when it comes to exquisite headwear. Try this twisted velvet headband with your LBD for the party season.
Jennifer Behr, £215
If leopard print is still your go-to, look no further. Try it with jeans and a low-key sweatshirt for maximum impact.
House of Lafayette, £120
Velvet – tick, ruby red – tick, just enough detail to make it a stand-out piece – tick. Your festive accessory just came through.
For an every day win try Anthropologie’s corduroy headband – the perfect finishing touch to add to your winter dresses.
Let the party season commence, or at least your hair accessory party season with Mango’s perfectly embellished knotted headband.
Take inspiration from Dior’s ballet-themed show with this pink satin headband, try it with cosy cashmeres for this season.
& Other Stories, £13
Make like Kate Middleton and trade in your winter wedding hat for your winter wedding headband. Chic points coming your way.
Benoît Missolin, £185
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