17 Times “Gossip Girl’s” Serena Van Der Woodsen Was Your Style Icon

Attention, Upper East Siders: This It girl knows a thing or two about ~fashion~.

1. When she wore this shimmery, cutout contraption and you never craved a piece of clothing more in your life:

Hi, yes. I’m going to need one of these in every color.

2. When she mixed glitter, florals, and bright yellow like a freaking PRO:

How does she do it.

3. When she proved you can wear polka dots, a skinny belt, and gold all at once:


4. When she made you want to start wearing purple + teal exclusively:

The only color combo that matters now.

5. When she rocked this strapless glittery gown of your dreams:

Fancy charity ball goals.

6. When she made you realize that whole ~boho chic~ thing could actually work after all:

~Easy, breezy, beautiful~

7. When she turned a preppy schoolgirl look ~edgy~ with a badass red leather jacket and over-the knee boots:

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The perfect example of #balance.

8. When she made you realize that you, too, needed a glitter shoulder-pad blazer for the first time in your life:

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9. When she rocked every patterned tight in existence and made you want to throw out every old pair of basic black tights you own:

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Patterns are the new black.

10. When she made you freaking wish you wore a uniform to school just so you could rock some sassy knee-highs:

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Schoolgirl chic.

11. When she wore this crazy dress with wings on top of a Tiffany’s box like a classy queen:

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We’d take that dress and strand of pearls over a tiny blue box any day.

12. When she mixed approximately seven different prints like a rule-breaking badass:

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Your true pattern-mixing spirit guide.

13. When she rocked this high-low fancy gown with a rugged side braid you could only dream of:

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Is it short? Is it long? It doesn’t matter. I want it.

14. When she wore this crazy geometric glittery dress situation and your closet started weeping:

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What? How? Who?

15. When this bright and sunny ensemble made you want to be a better person:

It’s like she took all of the rays out of the sun and put them into this one, happy little dress.

16. When she was the actual definition of WINTER CHIC:


The queen of layering.

17. But mostly, when she stood outside Lincoln Center in this embellished lace gown that was so beautiful she was probably born in it and you never wanted anything more in your entire life:

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Thank you, Serena, for your never-ending supply of fashion ~inspo~.

You were a true style icon of the ’00s.

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