It’s been 13 years since we were mesmerised by the stunning characters and plot-twisting drama on The CW ‘s TV show Gossip Girl. Recently during the lockdown, I re-watched the entire show and was giddy with excitement from all the tasteful outfits and the fancy lifestyle of the Upper East Side. The two characters that have the biggest impact were the two leads, Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf. Despite Serena being the fixation of Gossip Girl, it was Blair who stole the show with her iconic personality traits and couture wardrobe. Till date, many are obsessed by either or both of the characters and continue to emulate their fashion style to the best of their ability.
Blair Waldorf’s aesthetic is more elegant, consisting of a mix of plaid, matching twinsets and elaborate dresses. However, what truly defines Blair is her signature headbands. Every outfit worn by her is accompanied by a head accessory to fit the occasion. These came in an assortment of pearl or jewel embellishments, thick velvet-padded, bows and so on. Leighton Meester’s ambitious, perfectionist of a character is what we all want to be, she can pull off any outfit and makes every hairband worth having. This trend has carried on throughout the years where we still see Blair Waldorf-inspired headbands make a fashion statement.
In the past year, A-list celebrities such as Kate Middleton and Hailey Bieber have also been seen rocking headbands. With a reboot of the show on its way, there is more than one reason why we should revive the iconic Blair Waldorf accessory. Additionally, with humidity frizzing up our hair, this stylish tool serves well to keep hair intact while looking chic. For all luxury fashion lovers, designers such as Prada, Miu Miu and Dior have a collection of luxe headbands you can invest in.
Famously produced by Prada, this satin padded headband is a must-have for all Blair fans. This classic piece is difficult to get hold of, but can be easy match to most of your outfits and can be bought in an assortment of colours from alternate brands. Inspired from Pippa Middleton, pair yours with a matching dress or in true Blair Waldorf style with formal attire.
Style your scarf as a headband instead of wearing it around your neck. In season 2, Blair sported a colourful headscarf for her vacation in the Hamptons, replacing her typical style. Together with her summer ensemble, she looked radiant and stylish as always. Moreover, a tied scarf gives a softer look compared to a chunky band while maintaining the holiday vibe. Look romantic and elegant like a summer dream in a floral print scarf, such as the one pictured from this Dolce & Gabbana’s collection.
If you are looking to make a statement with your headband rather than your outfit, pearls will do the trick. A layer of faux pearls over a thick-padded, velvet band, such as the one pictured from Wald Berlin, will get you in the Queen Bee element. Slide on a pair of Louboutin’s, a classic plaid outfit, and flaunt some serious style.
Blair’s summer in Paris where she met her prince saw a shift in the style of her hair accessory. Headbands transformed into berets, which made her look every bit of the princess that she believes to be. A colourful bejewelled adornment adds a festive finishing touch no matter what the occasion. Feel like royalty in this ornament paired with a simple dress, or even on a video call with the addition of some simple jewels.
I truly believe that Blair is the super queen of Manhattan, and her secret weapon is her collection of headbands. While she makes almost every design work with her Constance Billiard uniform, bows seem to be more special. It is the most recurring style throughout the seasons and fluctuates in form and size. Irrefutably, the best way to channel your inner Blair Waldorf and look memorable would be by donning a classic bow hairband. If you still attend school, it would look super-cute with your uniform! Of course, adhering to the school dress code.
The episode where Blair and Chuck finally get married would be every fangirl’s favourite Gossip Girl moment. Saving the best for last is this glitzy headband resembling a tiara worn by Blair with her Elie Saab gown. Add a touch of sparkle or glam up your outfit further with an extravagant headpiece similar to Blair’s. This accessory serves as a great addition to your outfit for a cocktail party, or wedding function. Unfortunately, we all can’t be a real princess, but we sure can feel like one by crowning ourselves with this tiara headband!
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