This editor mentioned last week that she had just returned from a mid-January vacation to London and Paris, and while looking through my favorite Gossip Girl looks, I decided to go with Blair’s Spring 2010 Bensoni polka-dot dress when she goes to Paris, too! Miss Waldorf has a veritable Cinderella moment, when she forfeits one of her beautiful stiletto pumps in exchange for a mysterious date (what is she – crazy?!), while visiting an art museum. Alas, Blair soon realizes that her prince isn’t what he seems though (hmm, we’ve all been there…), and that maybe Paris isn’t as magical as she once thought it was.
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It’s no surprise that even the Halloween costumes on Gossip Girl look incredibly chic. Two years ago on “How to Succeed in Bassness” (Episode 7, Season 3), the notorious Chuck Bass threw a 1920s-themed Halloween party for the opening of his new club, The Gimlet. Blair looked like one fabulous flapper in this beaded fringe dress by Alberta Ferretti, and her fantastic “St. Petersburg” necklace by Suzanna Dai. Along with her pinned curls, layered necklace, dainty black gloves and T-strap high heels, Blair certainly looked like one sexy speakeasy-goer. This is also a costume you could definitely use every piece from in current outfits – an outstanding update on a near 90-year-old look. Although, it may be a little inappropriate as a theme two years into the Recession; or a great reminder of the way days were spent before the Great Depression…
In honor of Gossip Girl‘s 5th season premiere last night, we’re featuring stars Leighton Meester and Blake Lively, who are no strangers to “Tuesday Twosome.” As privileged, young Manhattanites, Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen are privy to the best schools, colleges, restaurants, entertainment and, of course, clothes! Here they are in Episode 4 of the 1st season. In the series, Blair’s mother, Eleanor, runs her own fashion line and chooses her daughter to model some of her looks when it gets picked up by Henri Bendel, while Serena comes to the photoshoot for support. But… like every other thing in Blair’s life, Serena ends up getting the gig instead, due to her outgoing and fun personality. Of course, drama ensues. Eleanor’s fictional fashion line is actually the work of Abigail Lorick. Above, some of her looks are perfectly cast – the prim and proper Blair wears a formfitting black and yellow belted dress with matching accessories and sweptback hair, while fun-loving Serena sports a loose-fitting gray, white and black frock with her sunny locks blowing in the breeze!
As the warm weather rolls around, invitations to BBQs, graduations, communions, christenings, showers, and weddings seem to increase tenfold. But there’s another event that comes with the summer that makes us reminisce about our teenage years – PROM! There definitely weren’t any pod people, pregnant girls or punches thrown at our high school proms, but there definitely were at the following fictional dances! Here are our ten favorite prom dresses from some beloved television shows and teen flicks.
This is definitely the darkest story out of our selected favorites, but it’s our number one choice – Megan Fox in the black comedy Jennifer’s Body. Written by the Oscar-winning Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody, this film bombed at the box office, but it’s actually quite underrated. Fox plays a smoking hot succubus, and while the plot sounds insane, it actually has some very slick commentary on feminism and sexuality. And it also has a very pretty black and white prom dress! (Shocker, can you guess what colors this editor wore to her own prom…?) Jennifer might have seduced and killed half the school’s male population by this point in the film (it looks like she isn’t done either, by the photo above), and is headed straight to hell, but at least she still looks good!
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Considering Buffy Summers was my hero as a teenager, it’s no shocker this is #2 on our list. Sarah Michelle Gellar played the tiny hero of Sunnydale, fighting off vampires, demons and the devil in the TV series, based on the 1992 film of the same name. Buffy has one of the prettiest prom gowns, but she also happens to have the best accessory – after years of being treated like an outcast at her high school, her classmates come to realize most of them are alive due to her fierce protection, and create an award just for her: an umbrella labeled “Class Protector.” Considering she had to kill several demonic dogs targeting teenagers in formal wear before she even arrived, it’s amazing she still got to the dance on time looking so pretty! But that’s always been Miss Summers’ MO. And she still managed to fit in a dance with the original hot vampire boyfriend, Angel (sorry Edward Cullen – you don’t compare to this guy!)
3. Dawson’s Creek
Oh my, the greatest teen soap opera to ever air has to be included! This editor still gets choked up watching old reruns of the WB hit. The ultimate girl-next-door, Joey Potter, goes from tomboy to a young woman caught between the two loves of her life in this episode of Dawson’s Creek. When it came to prom, the love triangle between the three lead characters was still a huge problem. After their friend, Jack, isn’t allowed to bring a male date to the high school prom, the gang hosts their own “Anti-Prom.” Joey, normally a cute girl in plaid and jeans, chose a slinky black dress for the affair. Although her date was actually Dawson, there’s no denying the intense chemistry she has for his best friend, Pacey.
As a preteen, I wanted to be Buffy, and as a child I wanted to be Mrs. Michael J. Fox – mainly because of this movie. Fox plays Marty McFly, a guitar-playing tough teen who accidentally time travels to 1955 – the year his parents met! He ends up preventing their meet-cute from ever happening, so he has to recreate it – and plans to do so at the “Enchantment Under the Sea” dance. His mother, played by Lea Thompson, wears an adorable strapless soft pink pindot dress. Thompson recently commented that she had kept the dress from the film – and plans on selling it on eBay to put towards her daughters’ college educations!
5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the movie)
The TV show was definitely superior to the film on which it was based, but it was still fun. And still well-dressed apparently! It may be 1992, but Kristy Swanson looks so elegant in her white halter gown with a sophisticated bun, you barely notice the dead guy lying next to her.
6. She’s All That
Aw, there was certainly a surge of teen scene flicks in the late 1990s! Here’s one of our favorites – She’s All That. Rachael Leigh Cook plays Laney Boggs, a dorky artist who the king of her high school bets he can make into the prom queen. Freddie Prinze Jr. plays an unusual male lead for these kind of films - a jock with a brain! He smartens up fast, when he realizes he’s falling for his pet project. Laney goes from art freak to alluring siren in this black, body-hugging gown and swept-up hair. She may not win the crown, but she wins what matters – a scholarship to art school and a ticket out of her one-horse town. Oh okay, and she gets the guy too, for you sappy types.
7. One Tree Hill
It’s no surprise this show’s reruns air on the Soap Network – there’s more drama in the fictional town of Tree Hill than the entire state of North Carolina! But it doesn’t mean it isn’t any less captivating! The cast’s prom outfits are all color-coordinated (other than Skills on the right – although that is one kicking coat!) We’ll say the show’s three girls are tied for #7, because Peyton looks lovely in powder blue, Brooke looks beautiful in her sequined mini and Haley looks damn hot in her white halter – considering she’s pregnant!
8. Gossip Girl
For a show dedicated to fashion, we expected more exciting frocks from frenemies Blair and Serena, and while we were quite disappointed in Blake Lively’s alter-ego’s choice, we did like Miss Waldorf’s gown. Although she breaks up with Nate on this episode of Gossip Girl, TV’s favorite mean girl is crowned Prom Queen in this black and gold Marchesa gown.
9. 10 Things I Hate About You
This 1999 romantic comedy is probably the best written film out of the teen hits created over the last 30 years – due in large part to screenwriter Karen McCullah Lutz (a fellow James Madison University grad like this editor – Go Dukes!) Her adaptation of the William Shakespeare play The Taming of the Shrew was fiercely funny and launched the careers of Julia Stiles and the late Heath Ledger. Stiles plays an independent girl named Kat Stratford, and although she isn’t too interested in high school, she is eventually talked into attending prom – and she shows up looking quite lovely in a cornflower blue gown, matching silk wrap, her mother’s pearls and a red rose for her swept-up curls.
10. Saved by the Bell
Okay, this prom get-up obviously isn’t a gown, but it still remains one of our favorites. The ultimate all-American high school girl, Kelly Kapowski (played by Tiffani Amber Thiessen), had everything a Californian teen can dream of – cool friends, popularity, a handsome boyfriend, good grades and a position on the cheerleading squad, but there was one thing she was missing by the end of high school – money. Kelly’s father lost his job close to the prom, so she couldn’t afford a dress or a ticket. But don’t worry – she had the best date, Zack Morris! After finding out his girlfriend couldn’t go, he held their own private prom outside the school, complete with a picnic and dancing. It may have been in jeans, but attending prom with a guy that wasn’t taking you as part of a bet, or because he was paid to, or because his first choice was going with someone else, is certainly a lot more important than the dress. (Well for some people. This editor was definitely more in love with her Jessica McClintock gown than any date she ever had in high school… In fact, she still is! But hey, that’s just me! )
Ahoy! Now this is a Memorial Day outfit! It’s nautical for the upcoming summer season, and it’s military-inspired to remember all those who have served! Gossip Girl‘s Blair Waldorf (played by Leighton Meester) tends to be in a state of dudgeon, but here she looks positively sweet in this sailor suit! Blair’s version is called the “Captain” dress from Bettie Page Clothing. There are actually dozens of places to buy a knockoff (this editor purchased an identical one for a whopping $25 on eBay). Miss Waldorf wore this outfit on the first season finale of Gossip Girl when she was supposed to meet Chuck, and take off for Tuscany – but of course, nothing ever goes as planned for Blair. At least she accessorized well with her neck scarf, Louis Vuitton luggage, and Yves Saint Laurent preppy pumps. Here’s hoping your Memorial Day goes better than Blair’s!
This “Tuesday Twosome” is probably the best-dressed pair we can think of: characters Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen from TV’s Gossip Girl. Leighton Meester and Blake Lively play the best “fremenies” of the Upper East Side, and each has their own individual style displayed perfectly here. Blair (pictured, left) is the prim and proper princess – so princess sleeves on her blue coat aren’t much of a stretch. Her favorite accessories include pretty purses, gloves, bows, and, of course, headbands! (Her character is probably single-handedly responsible for bringing this trend back.) Serena, on the other hand, loves stylish clothes, but in far more laid-back way. It’s quite evident that Blair would have coordinated her entire look here, while Serena usually just throws things on and somehow manages to look insanely gorgeous. Serena is wearing a Roberto Cavalli camel-colored leather jacket, a white cable knit sweater, and plaid skirt with a loose matching tie. You know you love me.
Frequent fashion violators like Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, and Ashlee Simpson have been wearing a trend theSkinnyStiletto deems overdone. These girls often pair opaque black stockings with black shoes. Black stockings look elegant when they’re sheen and/or have piping down the backs of the legs à la Bettie Page.
Nowadays, women just wear dark tights that don’t give any meaning to the words shape, style, or sexy. Ladies end up looking childish, and the outfit gets lost when the eye can’t distinguish leg from stiletto. The shoes don’t stand out (no matter how gorgeous or expensive they are) and the women end up appearing like they have stumps, instead long, beautiful legs.
How to Wear this Trend: Take note from Victoria Beckham or Leighton Meester, who’ve mastered patterned black stockings. Also, Victoria’s Secret offers a great selection of sheer black hosiery. But don’t copy Taylor Momsen… She looks like she just finished working her shift on that sidewalk.