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Gossip Girl Fashion: Season 3

January 8, 2010

As an aspiring Blair Waldorf, I’m anxiously awaiting the return of The Greatest Show of Our Time, more popularly known as Gossip Girl, on March 8. Gossip Girl ‘s third season has been incredible so far, not only because of the plot twists and the tumultuous relationships, but also because of the inspiring fashion! Each of the four main female characters – Blair, Serena, Jenny, and Vanessa – have their own distinct style. Whether you prefer uptown chic or downtown boho, Gossip Girl has you covered.

While Blair’s chic, prep school-inspired look from the first two seasons was coveted by girls across the country (including, ahem, myself) her style has been updated this season. Instead of her typical Upper East Side take on the school-girl uniform, Blair’s look is more structured and minimalist this year. Now that Blair is in college, she is symbolically shedding her old self for a more sophisticated, refined style. Sadly, this means the end of her signature piece, the headband, as well as other treasured favorites such as blazers and knee socks. Eschewing her former school girl-inspired style, Blair is wearing sleek, architectural clothes this season. To emulate her new style, look for structured dresses in neutral and jewel toned colors, conservative necklines, and statement necklaces. This winter, elegant pea coats and patterned tights (think herringbone, ribbed, or lace) will surely be must-haves on Blair’s wish list. J. Crew and Bloomingdale’s offer wide selections of Blair-worthy apparel without the Upper East Side price tags.

Blair Waldorf
Blair might wear this to shop at Bendel’s or for a lunch date with Chuck. While the sophisticated Miu Miu dress and the trendy statement necklace fits in well with her chic new college look, the rest of the outfit harkens back to Blair’s roots in the Upper East Side. Printed tights and a fabulous trench pair well with bow-adorned pumps and a clutch. After all, this is Blair Waldorf we’re talking about. Each of her to-die-for outfits practically requires bows, ruffles, or both.

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Throughout all three seasons of Gossip Girl, Serena has maintained an enviable “just rolled out of bed” style, looking effortlessly stylish à la Kate Moss. This season, while trying to find her post-high school self, Serena expresses her bold, flirty charm through her clothing. Her look is based on simple cuts, slinky tank tops, and a covetable shoe collection that mainly features a wide variety of boots. However, what truly makes her style stand out is the emphasis on sea colors – blues and teals – and details like sequins, exposed zippers, and embroidery. Shop for Serena’s look at trendy retailers such as Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters.

Serena van der Woodsen
Serena would wear this look to a party whilst hanging off the arm of the most eligible bachelor in Manhattan. If the dress is tight, asymmetrical, and gives her an opportunity to show off every curve, Serena will wear it. Glitzy accessories like embellished Louboutins and the trendiest shade of nail polish complete the look.
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Jenny’s wardrobe has rapidly evolved in the past two seasons. During freshman year, she tried to copy Blair’s impeccable Upper East Side look. During sophomore year, she created her own Brooklyn-inspired punk-rock look as a mark of rebellion against conformity. Now, in junior year,  Jenny is making a new style statement. Rather than copying someone else’s look, she is staying true to herself. As the new queen of Constance Billard, she meshes uptown luxury with downtown vintage. The result is an intense rock’-n’-roll look, heavily influenced by the 1980’s and opulent accessories. To translate this concept into your own wardrobe, focus on adding black and gray pieces and don’t shy away from quirky accessories like studded jewelry, suspenders, or fishnet tights. While you may be able to find some Jenny-esque apparel and accessories at Hot Topic and American Apparel, your best bet is to shop in vintage shops and one-of-a-kind boutiques.

Jenny Humphrey
Jenny would love this look, perfect for a day of scheming and dealing with catty wannabes. She would start with a loose tank tucked into a thigh-skimming bandage skirt and a tough leather jacket. Textured boots, ripped leggings, a studded bag, and cool aviators add to the grunge appeal. Complete the look with a red pout and a crown-shaped ring, symbolizing the queen of Constance.

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Vanessa’s style is the most accessible of the four. It can be emulated on any budget – if you, like Vanessa, don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on the newest Manolo Blahniks, you can still easily create this boho look. This season, Vanessa has been favoring bold prints, such as geometric patterns and tribal prints. (No florals or plaids – that’s Blair’s territory!) Her style has a slight ’80’s flair, incorporating pops of neon, leopard print, and leggings into her outfits. The main focus of Vanessa’s style is not on her clothes, but on her accessories. When it comes to jewelry, think “the bigger the better.” She is often seen wearing chunky bangles, chandelier earrings, and oversized necklaces, often in metallics or turquoise. Shop for statement accessories at Forever 21, find downtown-inspired apparel at Delia’s, and look for bold prints and ’80’s-inspired pieces at American Apparel.

Vanessa Abrams
Vanessa would wear this colorful ensemble on a date with Dan (fingers crossed!) or to a casual party. The chic dress pairs well with a red cardigan and turquoise statement jewelry. Staying true to her hippie-esque sense 0f style, the outfit is completed by a fringed bag and suede fringed heels.
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You know you  love me… xoxo, Gossip Girl.

(All photos from Gossip Girl Fashion, all Polyvore sets created by me.)

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. NewYorkHome permalink
    January 9, 2010 12:05 am

    Wow. Wow. That’s all I can say. Just stumbled across your blog and I’m quite impressed. Not only do you give reasonable and helpful fashion advice, but you deliver it with such flair and confidence.

    I can totally see you as a chic new yorker bustling around the city having your own magazine or fashion column. Living on the upper east side, I see people like you who I aspire to be. They have such an air of confidence and are so put together. I wouldn’t be surprised if I see you with your own T.V. or fashion line in the near future.

    You have talent my dear, don’t let it get away! :)

    • January 9, 2010 10:55 am

      Thank you so much! Honestly, I can’t even begin to tell you how much your comment means to me. Thank you!

      • NewYorkHome permalink
        January 9, 2010 12:06 pm

        You’re quite welcome!

        I’m honestly very impressed at your vocabulary.

        I have a friend in the fashion business. She’s in charge of hiring fashion writers/journalists for a magazine. (sorry, not permitted to print name). She has told me that when she’s hiring someone, the main things she looks for are confidence, commitment, and passion.

        You clearly have put a lot of time into your passion, and if you truly love it, the work will come to you (but not with a little work of your own!)

        Keep going !

  2. meagansk permalink
    January 9, 2010 2:41 am

    The outfits you put together look great. Blair’s my favorite, too, though I’m sad she’s abandoning the headband.

  3. Chiara permalink
    January 9, 2010 11:22 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE

  4. February 13, 2010 10:13 pm

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