Growing up, I was always impressed by my mother’s sense of style. She taught me that fashion needn’t be distinguished by a label or a specific brand. She also taught me that in order to be a proper lady, it is mandatory to invest in timeless accessories. And by timeless she means gold. But most importantly, according to my mother, what is at stake in fashion is style and feminity.
Dressing up is good, wearing the latest trend is very good, but being feminine and wearing the adequate styles that suit a woman’s body is better, and more attractive.
I was in my late teenage years when Gossip Girl first aired. And the truth is, I could not dream of a better mentoring in fashion than Gossip Girl.
Gossip Girl was, and to me, still is, on top of the fashion game due to the efforts put in styling its main characters. Every episode was a style stand out, I don’t remember a single day they made a fashion faux pas and if I could borrow both Serena’s and Blair’s wardrobes today I would definitely. Lily Van Der Woodsen deserves an entire book to describe her classiness and Cece Rhodes is undeniably the TV show’s Coco Chanel.
Serena Van Der Woodsen can go down in history for having one of the most timeless, glamourous and chic wardrobes in television. Her style was effortless and chic. She made the super short skirt and very high heels combination look proper because the rest of her outfit was simple. Her makeup was always natural, her beautiful wavy hair has a lot of structure without needing to be blowdried and her bags were always selected with attention. She personally made me love sequin vests, ankle boots, embelished tights, Hervé Léger’s bandage dresses and jacquard blazers. Oh and leopard scarves!
Blair Waldorf was always ahead of the style pack. To me, Blair is royalty. Her style was conservative yet chic and edgy. Her most classical looks were always turned into bold and fashionable with her usual use of headbands, and bow neck ties. She used to wear the “crème de la crème” of designers and made the Lady Dior look chic on the teenager she was supposed to be. Blair always looked proper, whether in her school uniform, in tweed, in a cape or in a Zac Posen dress.
There are so many fashion rules and lessons to learn from GG, the ones that I personally learned are that one is never overdressed (or overeducated, according to Oscar Wilde), and that when in Paris, dress up… because Paris is Paris.
Gossip Girl is, and will remain, the epitome of fashion and classiness.