Sometimes bigger really is better.

We may be a decade away from the last Gossip Girl episode, yet there’s no denying that something about Blair Waldorf’s style has really stuck.

Spotted on runways throughout 2019 and 2020, the padded headband trend looks like one that is here to stay at least for a while, bringing together femininity with a dose of drama. In 2020 millennial speak, it is an ultimate power-dressing must-have.

Whether you’re looking to cover up a bad hair day, ride the wave of the hair trend of the season, or rev up any casual everyday look, we’ve put together some of our favourite big padded headbands of the minute. From the classic satin to added textures and materials, there’s a little something for everyone here. Paired with puff sleeves (another major trend) or as an accompaniment for your beach look, we have a feeling Blair Waldorf would definitely be giving us the nod of approval here.

[Hero Image Credit: Jennifer Behr; Featured Image Credit: Prada]

Prada large silk satin headband

We begin our list with possibly one of the most iconic of the lot. Crafted from a delicate pink satin, this Prada headband (approx. THB 8745) takes on the padded headband trend in its most delicate form, paired beautifully for an afternoon tea or snazzy luncheon for a really feminine look. Preppy and pretty, we’ve even spotted it on Gigi Hadid.

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Ganni floral-print satin headband

Florals for spring may not be groundbreaking according to Miranda Priestly, but this Ganni floral-print satin headband (approx. THB 1694) certainly is gorgeous. The print was first spotted on boots and blouses at the label’s Spring 2020 runway show, and is inspired by the 1980s. We love the light and fresh colour scheme, and the silky padded satin fabric, as well as the lining on the inside of the band — a grosgrain ribbon to ensure it stays right in place. Important.

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Lelet NY textured-leather headband

There’s a rep around headbands that dictates that they need to be feminine, yet one look at this Lelet NY textured-leather headband (approx. THB 7459) and you’ll know that this stereotype is totally passé. We love the light texture of the leather and the rich tan shade, making it an accessory that is easy to pair with a multitude of looks.

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Jennifer Behr triple rosette velvet headband

It’s no secret Jennifer Behr has a background in sculpture — as evidenced in this beautiful rosette velvet headband (approx. THB 6314). There’s something regal about this plush fabric, as well as its slightly baroque colour tone. Three handcrafted rosettes sit atop the saffron hairband, making it a fine accessory for darker hair, and an alluring way to add texture.

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Ruslan Baginskiy bow-embellished lamé headband

For some people, mere padding is not enough. For those people, this Ruslan Baginskiy headband (approx. THB 3638) is a must. Exclusive to Net-a-Porter, the headband is made from twisted lamé that has been padded for comfort, topped with an oversized bow. A great way to bring a lot of drama to your next dinner party.

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Jennifer Behr Reina crystal-embellished velvet headband

If you just can’t have bling missing from your ensemble, and want it to pop up in lesser usual ways, opt for this Jennifer Behr piece (approx. THB 31,822). The opulent headband features hundreds of sparkling crystals, which together create a swirling pattern. Very princess-like, the headband itself is made from a soft padded velvet so it is still very comfortable to wear, and also features an inner grosgrain trim to keep your crown in place. Essential.

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Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.