Initially, I sneered at the idea of watching another show about teenagers from the lofty heights of my twenties (despite the fact that, in time honoured tradition, most of the stars were my age), but as soon as I finally deigned to watch the pilot a few years in, I was hooked!
Coincidentally, over the last week or so, I've happened to notice that a few of my outfit choices have started to adhere to a formula - jumper, skirt, shirt (or just collar), lace-up shoes and, more often than not, socks. Funnily enough, I didn't have the slightest desire to wear anything remotely resembling school uniform when I was blighted by the most unflattering outfit in the history of the world 5 days a week for 5 years (not helped by the Kickers trend - anyone remember that?!), but now I can't get enough of the classic combinations, and the ways in which subtle differences in shape, fabric and adornment can give so many twists to the look - definitely too good to leave to kids!
So, in honour of the show that brought us the style ambassadors that are Blake Lively and Leighton Meester (and my future husband, Chace Crawford), in this back-to-school week, I give you my Gossip Girl-inspired uniform-for-grown-ups (and no, I don't think I'll be dressing as a "desperate housewife" in a future post).
Blair - Queen BeeNever less than perfectly polished, with a ladylike vintage feel, more than a dash of the Grace Kellys, the requisite Alice band and the even-more-requisite air of superiority.
Skirt and Belt: Primark (Current), Jumper: Primark (Past Season), Collar: H&M (Current), Shoes: Dorothy Perkins (Past Season), Socks: Topshop (Past Season), Hair Band: New Look* (Current), Gloves: Accessorize (Past Season)
Serena - Modern Fairytale PrincessThe tousled-to-perfection, troubled-but-free-spirited eternal romantic.
Skirt: Boohoo (Past Season), Jumper: Marks & Spencer (Past Season), Shirt: New Look (Past Season), Collar Tips: Primark (Current), Socks: Primark (Past Season), Shoes: Peacocks (Past Season)
Jenny - Rebellious Rock Chick FashionistaWhat more to say? I wasn't a huge Jenny fan to be perfectly honest, but I am a fan of spikes and leather, so any excuse!
Skirt: Primark (Current), Jumper: Primark (Past Season), Collar: Boohoo (Current), Hair Band and Boots: Boohoo** (Current)
*Part of my #NLXmasHair Winner's Haul
**Part of my Boohoo #PartyPose People's Choice Winner's Haul