Last Updated on October 27, 2021
What do Blair Waldorf, Amanda Gorman and Alexa Chung have in common? Their love of headbands, of course!
The accessory has made a mainstream comeback since poet Amanda Gorman wore a padded red headband from Prada during the inauguration of US President Joe Biden earlier this year.
Searches for the headband rose by 560% when she was seen wearing it, according to Lyst, rising again when she stepped out in a yellow version soon after.
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People were as crazy for the yellow plaited and embellished headpiece as they were for the red one and the hair accessory favourite started trending again.
Not long after the comeback of the headband, the Gossip Girl reboot premiered. Coincidence? I think not.
The accessory was regularly worn by preppy lead character of the first series Blair Waldorf, played by Leighton Meester back then.
Nowadays you can barely wear one without referencing the Upper East Side socialite, so the series’ return definitely has a part to play in its return.
This time around, the headband is getting an extravagant update. Embellishment in the form of studs, pearls and gems is big, while huge padded styles are trending thanks to Prada.
I don’t know about you, but I think they’re coming back right on time. We’re all about making bold style choices in the last few months of the year, so accessorising with an eye-catching piece definitely fits the bill.
If you’re feeling inspired, here’s my edit of the best headbands to buy now.
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WN’s Headband Edit
Lotto Headband, £11.99, Zara – buy now
Padded Headband, £180, Prada at Farfetch – buy now
Pearl and Diamante Headband, £14, Accessorize London – buy now
Millicent Honey Velvet Plaited Headband, £38, Rock n Rose – buy now
Embellished Headband, £8, Gigi Couture London at Etsy – buy now
Headband in Plisse, £8, ASOS – buy now
Triangle Logo Nylon Headband, £340, Prada at Farfetch – buy now
Padded Velvet Headband, £40, Liberty London – buy now
Jewelled Headband, £48, Boden – buy now
White Velvet Pearl Padded Matador Headband, £21.23, Shekrun at Etsy – buy now