Saturday, September 10, 2011

How to dress like Serena-tips

When the CW's Gossip Girl premiered in 2007, the rich-kids-gone-wild drama used its hallway as a runway, making private-school plaid and appliqué headbands instantly covetable Serena’s sense of style on the show is said to be “inspired by Kate Moss.” That means that she mixes lots of fashion-forward and vintage pieces together for a look that is “boho chic” with a rocker-chick edge. Like her style icon Ms. Moss, Serena is not afraid to wear something crazy if she’s in love with it, can throw anything on and make it look effortlessly fabulous, and she will never leave the house without putting a unique spin on her outfit!
Well-cut Jackets Serena is pretty much always wearing a jacket. While of course jackets are a must for Manhattan in the winter, they are still definitely one of her signature looks. Serena has quite a collection of every type of jacket: long, short, cropped, leather, wool and everything in between! She wears them in every color, too: bright colors like red and gold, muted shades like gray, and earth tones like camel and brown. If you want to wear a jacket like Serena does, the cut is everything. A jacket that fits you perfectly is a wardrobe goldmine – you can wear it with everything and you’ll always look well put-together. One way to make sure your jackets fit just right is to bring them to a tailor – it doesn’t cost much money to have seams taken in or let out, and it will pay off hugely in the long run! To find a great jacket like one of Serena’s, check EBay, vintage stores (many of Serena’s are vintage), and even H&M (they have been known to carry some cute ones!) Then call up your tailor & get it so it fits you right. Skinny Jeans A Kate Moss staple, Serena wore skinny jeans in many episodes this season. Although they are on their way out for Fall (wider legs and boot-cuts will be in again), skinny jeans are still Serena’s denim style of choice. If you have great legs like Blake Lively, show them off with a pair of skinnies before they go out of style! On the show, Serena wears Seven For All Mankind Skinny Jeans, but if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, Wet Seal sells quality skinnies for a fraction of the price. Dresses Serena has a girly side to her, so we’ve seen her in many dresses throughout the season. Even though dresses aren’t a “style” in themselves, Serena is always wearing dresses that have unexpected details to express her quirky style. The top half resembles a plain men’s shirt, but when you look down at the hem, there are gold studs all around the bottom! Paired with sparkly black & gold tights, the look was casual yet funky at the same time. To get this look, try to find dresses that have something unexpected about them: studs, sequins, patterns, or a pretty design. Serena usually wears mini dresses, so if you have the legs for it, wear one with some black or sparkly tights and fabulous shoes. Some great places to find trendy dresses that wont break the bank are H&M, Bluefly, Rampage, and of course Charlotte Russe and Forever 21. Serena’s Accessories Serena’s look is all about the details. While she may just throw on a T-shirt and skinny jeans, you can bet that she’ll make the look fashion-forward and unique by adding lots of fabulous accessories! Some of her favorites are below: Boots If you’ve ever seen Gossip Girl, you know that Serena wears boots all the time! She pairs them with skinny jeans & tees, dresses, and even her preppy school uniform. To buy a pair of Serena’s boots, check out The CW’s Gossip Girl Style Site. Layered Necklaces Serena has lots of necklaces, and it seems like she is always wearing one or a few of them! Her necklaces are usually long, hitting above her belly button, and she layers them for a bohemian look. If you want to find amazing and unique necklaces at low prices, search for some on Etsy, or EBay, or try making your own! H&M can be great for this kind of thing too. Bangles Serena doesn’t wear bangles all the time, but when she does, she uses them to add interest to her simpler outfits. You can find great inexpensive bangles at places like Charlotte Russe, Wet Seal or, again, H&M. Serena Van Der Woodsen’s Hair Wavy, Imperfect Hair Long, wavy, highlighted-blonde hair is definitely Serena Van Der Woodsen’s signature look. Blake Lively wears extensions on the show to get her hair super-long, so if your hair isn’t so long, consider clip-in hair extensions to get the same look. If you have long hair already, it will be even easier for you to get Serena’s signature hairstyle. To get waves like Serena’s, work mousse through damp hair and blow dry with a diffuser attachment while scrunching to bring out your hair’s natural wave! Next, take a 1.25 or 1.5 inch barrel curling iron and curl your hair in sections, starting with the bottom layers and working your way up your head. Don’t worry about getting it perfect! Part of Serena’s style is that her hair is never perfect, and that’s okay! Finish your hair with light hold hairspray, tousle and go. Bonus points if you add a cute head scarf like Serena’s in the photo below! *from

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