Before Blair Waldorf, the wearing of headbands and hair bows was generally reserved for the six-and-under set. But the first season of Gossip Girl totally changed all that forever–or at least a couple of seasons, anyway. Fine, so Leighton Meester was technically playing the role of a high school student–but her character managed to make childlike hair adornments totally appropriate for us adult-folk. She had a different one for every outfit: They were sweet without being obnoxious and suited the role to a tee.
I don’t care what any American Apparel-hoarding, Williamsburg-dwelling hipster tells you: Those hair bows you’re wearing were made possible by the one, the only…Blair Waldorf.