Blame it on back-to-school shopping or on our undying appreciation for Blair Waldorf’s style, but lately we’ve been scoping out ways to include headbands into our hairstyles. Back in elementary school, we used the accessory more out of necessity, to keep our hair under control, or when we were trying to grow out our bangs. As it turns out, we weren’t being nearly as creative as we could’ve been!
Thanks to celebrity inspiration and some experimenting, we now realize that there actually tons of ways to rock a headband. Plus, this underrated accessory can actually give your ‘do the “It” factor it was missing. Look to the actresses above (and our headband suggestions) for some new styling ideas.
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Dianna Agron looks flirty thanks to the summery flowers on her headband, thick bangs, and bright pink lips.
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Look hippie-chic with this floral headband.
Eugenia Kim Anais Floral Ribbon Headband, $155, net-a-porter.com
This list would be incomplete without Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf, the queen of headbands herself. The sparkly accessory adds a glamorous element to an elegant, but relaxed, updo.
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For a look like Leighton's, pair this sparkly stunner with an undone updo.
Jenny Packham Acacia Headdress II, $725, shopbop.com
Kerry Washington uses a simple and thin crystal headband to pull her hair off her face—the perfect strategy for showing off rosy cheeks and smooth, even skin.
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Go for simple, understated elegance with this thin crystal band.
Dauphines of New York Once In a Lifetime Headband, $110, shopbop.com
For a look that's both romantic and relaxed, accessorize a low bun with this headband.
Tasha Solid Rows of Crystal Headband, $58, nordstrom.com
Ashley Tisdale gives a regular ponytail some extra drama by adding volume to the hair behind her headband.
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A thin leather headband will add some edge to your ponytail.
Jennifer Behr Thin Leather Headwrap, $65, saksfifthavenue.com
Sienna Miller's messy bun and thick, floral and beaded headband make for a surprising and sweet combination.
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Rock a look like Sienna's with this gorgeous headband.
Deepa Gurnani Crystal Floral Headband, $115, shopbop.com
Amy Adams proves that a simple high bun is completely wearable for any occasion. We love how her black headband subtly matches both her earrings and her dress.
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For a sporty yet sophisticated look like Amy's, reach for a simple but slightly shiny elastic headband.
L. Erickson Classic Elastic Headwrap, $8, nordstrom.com
Eva Mendes makes a serious statement by covering most of her head (and even a part of her ears!) with a silky turban-style headband.
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Become a wrap star like Eva with this berry-hued band.
Eugenia Kim Chiara Silk-Jersey Turban Headband, $95, net-a-porter.com