The $16 J.Crew Item I'm Buying to Get Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy's Look in 2024


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I can't be the only one whose feed on every social media platform is currently home to a seemingly endless assortment of '90s Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy photos. Not that I'm complaining—my Instagram Saved folder is just as packed with said images. Chic, sophisticated, and always dressed to the nines in an effortless manner, Bessette-Kennedy is the modern woman's style icon for a reason. Anytime I find an item that's even remotely similar to one she frequented back then, I have to buy it. End of story. 

Well, that's exactly what happened today when I was scrolling through J.Crew and stumbled upon a $25 tortoiseshell acetate headband that looks shockingly similar to the style Bessette-Kennedy wore on repeat, either with her corn-blonde hair worn straight and down or tied up in her signature chignon. (I saw on TikTok that she was rumored to have bought hers at C.O. Bigelow, an iconic New York City pharmacy in the West Village.) Of course, I ordered one right away and will probably be back for its kelly-green alternative. Follow my lead after looking through some of Bessette-Kennedy's best headband-clad street style looks. 


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Eliza Huber is a New York City–based fashion editor who specializes in trend reporting, brand discovery, and celebrity style. She joined Who What Wear in 2021 after almost four years on the fashion editorial team at Refinery29, the job she took after graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Iowa. She has since launched two monthly columns, Let's Get a Room and Ways to Wear; profiled the likes of Dakota Fanning, Diane Kruger, Katie Holmes, and Sabrina Carpenter for WWW's monthly cover features; and reported on everything from the relationship between Formula One and fashion to the top trends from fashion month, season after season. Eliza now lives on the Upper West Side and spends her free time researching F1 fashion imagery for her side Instagram accounts @thepinnacleoffashion and @f1paddockfits, running in Central Park, and scouring eBay for '90s Prada and '80s Yves Saint Laurent.