We all know that beyond the aftertaste of drama and plot twists that Gossip Girl left us with, the show’s legacy that prevails is the iconic fashion and glam history it rightfully created.
Granted there was excitement surrounding the ongoing schemes and love triangles in the script, an array of fashion-obsessed viewers were at the edge of their seats in anticipation for each week’s wardrobe revelations. The series showcased creative and luxurious fashion choices for parents and grandparents, young men and women, school students, and even babies, keeping audiences of all demographic stargazing at their evolving looks over the span of 6 hefty seasons.
The character’s each had their signature style, starting with Blair’s preppy headbands, which prior to the show were arguably considered a piece intended for toddlers. Blair’s trademark managed to shift the real-life fashion game by making these headbands and hair bows acceptable for adulthood. Not to mention, the bright stockings worn by Constance students were a turning point in our winter wardrobes as before Gossip Girl blessed us with her very first post in 2007, anything besides black tights might have been too peculiar for designers to so much as make.
Between Jenny’s gothic makeup, Chuck’s vibrant suits, and Lily’s elegant accessories, Gossip Girl’s Upper East Side has had a notable influence on street style and formal wear worldwide. Serena and Blair’s trips to Tuscany, France, or the Hamptons blessed viewers with an exhibition of designer dresses and electrifying sheers that received even more critical praise than the entire show’s exciting plot development.
The opening of season 4 in Paris presents Leighton Meester’s character sitting in her Moschino cherry-printed dress across from Serena sporting her glittery caged Georges Chakra piece; the women display their typical overdressed-for-the-daytime ambiances. On another note, the series featured special appearances from a lengthy list of important fashion names and designers including Tim Gunn, Tory Burch, Georgina Chapman, Nacho Figueras, Cynthia Rowley, Joe Zee, Isaac Mizrahi, Vera Wang, Karlie Kloss, Hamish Bowles, Lou Doillon, Rachel Zoe, Tyra Banks, Diane Von Furstenberg, Hamish Bowles, Charlotte Ronson, and W editor Stefano Tonchi. This proves to a further degree just how much Gossip Girl is a representative of fashion history. The leak of creative apparel discoveries Gossip Girl offered to its fans from layering patterns and mixing prints to fancy socks, pea coats and suspenders are forever lingering in our memories.