Gossip Girl’s sixth and final season is coming to a close, signaling the end of an era characterized by schoolgirl headbands and scandalous affairs. While the show’s drama has been the main source of attraction, many of us come back for the clothes. Eric Damian, the show’s stylist, has cultivated the wardrobes of each star to perfection over the past six seasons. And even if the outfits border on ridiculous at times, causing many to question whether or not a seventeen-year-old in high school would ever wear such clothes, this is the Upper East Side. And the two queen bees of the Upper East Side, Serena and Blair, rule their fashion empire. From their time at Constance Billard School for Girls, to their trip to Paris, and to their final appearances in season six, it’s clear that their clothes have become characters of their own. Although Serena and Blair’s love lives may take center stage at times, their friendship has always been the strongest and most compelling relationship of the show. In celebration of that friendship and the final season, let’s take a look back at the stories their clothes have created.
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In the early days, Serena and Blair were restricted to wearing uniforms, but the two put their own spin on the classic plaid and starched white shirt. Blair defined her style through ladylike tailored blouses and colorful headbands while Serena opted for a sexier, more laidback style.
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Even outside of school, both Serena and Blair used their clothes to showcase their personalities. Blair stuck to classic silhouettes that reflected her obsession with Audrey Hepburn, and Serena chose more casual yet effortlessly cool clothes to represent her free-spirited personality.
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By the time season two rolled around, the girls were still choosing clothes that matched their styles from season one. Always youthful and fun, their outfits at the White Party in the first episode of season two were particularly memorable.
Season three was a confusing time for these two ladies, as they settled into college, Serena indulged in an affair with a married man, and Blair had incredibly dramatic relationship problems with a certain Chuck Bass. Their wardrobes reflected this fluctuating state, as Blair lost the headband but still retained some of her immaturity from high school. And Serena started wearing more sophisticated looks but maintained her upper-crust boho-chic vibe.
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By season four, however, there was a change. The dresses became more sophisticated, the accessories more impressive, and the shoes even higher. Perhaps this reaction stems partially from their amazing style during their trip to Paris. While Blair perfected her use of color and patterning without ever seeming gauche, Serena balanced dressing sexy with tailored blazers or funky accessories.
The clothing of season five showcased Blair as a princess-to-be and Serena in more sophisticated dresses. Take a look at their evolved styles with this snapshot of the two at Blair’s wedding shower.
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Flash-forward to season six and it’s apparent that Blair and Serena are no longer teenagers. Blair still mixes her colors and patterns but in more demure silhouettes. Serena, on the other hand, still dresses in her customary sexy style, but the more bohemian aspect of her style has disappeared and in its place is a more sophisticated taste.
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And finally, my two favorite outfits from the show’s entire run. Nothing makes a statement quite like Serena’s grey lace Zuhair Murad dress or Blair’s red ruffled Oscar de la Renta gown.