Are you a major Gossip Girl fan? Do you incessantly stalk Blake Lively on Instagram? (happy birthday, Blake!) Is your goal in life to be Serena van der Woodsen? Join the club.
I don’t think I’ve ever identified with anyone’s style as much as I have with Serena’s. It’s been years since the Gossip Girl finale, yet I still find myself getting outfit inspiration from her looks over the seasons. Every time Blake Lively steps out dressed remotely like Serena, I instantly take notes. After all, Serena van der Woodsen’s style was so fun, so fashionable, and so effortless at the same time, and each outfit came together like magic. It may seem to be impossible to transform yourself into Serena, but stealing her style is easier than you might think. After all, the majority of her outfits are made of at least one of the following items: blazers, sequins, statement jewelry, vests, short skirts or shorts, and skinny jeans. I dare you to find an outfit that doesn’t have a single one of these.
With that said, here’s how to shop these and get one step closer to becoming S. (And by the way, you can find every single item here in my Cart below)
While she is Queen of Outerwear in general, Serena van der Woodsen loves a good blazer, and she pairs it with anything she can find, from mini skirts to jeans. She wore blazers in countless episodes, and they always add a little bit of structure to an otherwise casual look. Do like Serena and invest in a couple of great well-fitted blazers, and make sure to grab at least one in a fun color, like in her outfit above. Shop this outfit lookalike in my Cart!
S is for Sequins. Serena cannot live without embellishments, and I can’t remember an episode going by when she did not sparkle. While sequins were ever-present in her going out dresses at the various parties and galas her Upper East Side life demanded, she was also a major fan of daytime sequins. My absolute favorite Serena look is the gold sequin blazer, blue cropped pants one, but if you’re afraid to go this loud with your outfit, there is such a thing as understated sequins. Make sure that the rest of your outfit is casual, and incorporate fabrics like denim or linen.
No matter where you look, Serena van der Woodsen is almost always sporting major statement earrings or necklaces. Sometimes she pairs them with outfits that should be too busy, but it always comes out perfectly. Of course statement jewelry doesn’t require a lot of prep for the rest of your outfit, but for bonus Serena points don’t be afraid to add it to almost any outfit. Either match one of the colors in your getup with your earrings/necklace, or choose a color that contrasts with the rest of your outfit–like Serena’s green necklace and her pink pants.
Say yes to the vest. Vests were an absolutely crucial part of Serena’s wardrobe all through Gossip Girl, and they can seriously pick up any outfit in a heartbeat. Shopping for vests worthy of Queen S is easy–whether it’s sequins, denim, tie dye, or fur, Serena wore them all.
Short Skirts & Shorts
If you’ve got it, flaunt it, am I right? Blake Lively is notorious for her amazing long legs, so Gossip Girl costume designer Eric Daman knew what he was doing when he put Serena in short skirts and shorts time and time again. With the exception of maxi skirts and dresses (which, by the way, Serena also loves) every outfit showed off her legs. Even during winter Serena didn’t stop wearing short skirts–she just paired them with fun tights.
Speaking of showing off her legs–skinny jeans are another great way to do it. A good pair of jeans is a must in every girl’s closet, especially if she is a fellow SWB (Serena Wanna-Be). Serena usually chose dark wash for her jeans, but occasionally she wore light grey jeans as well. Plus, jeans go incredibly well with sequins, vests, blazers, and statement jewelry, so it makes sense that S is always reaching for her favorite pair.
Some other things to stock up while shopping for your Serena-inspired wardrobe are sky high heels (the more colors and prints, the better), a variety of statement coats, boots, and big fun bags. The great thing about all of these is that they are so easy to mix and match, and soon enough you will have a closet even Serena would be jealous of. Shop my Serena van der Woodsen Style Cart below, and as always–look to the Queen for outfit inspiration.