Saturday, May 29, 2010

Style Guide [Blair Waldorf]

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Although Jenny is my favorite character, style wise, on Gossip Girl, no one can deny the stylistic genius that is Queen B. Blair Waldorf is pretty much a style icon on the upper east side. During her reign as Queen, every girl at Constance tried to imitate her look. Despite their efforts piling on headbands, pearls, brightly colored tights, and peacoats, no one quite rocks this look like B. However, there are plenty of articles out there about how to dress like Blair Waldorf in her high school days, so I've decided to put together a guide on how to dress like the post-graduation college-girl Blair.

When the third season of Gossip Girl first started, I heard that Blair would not be working her epic headbands much longer. I wondered how she was going to keep her iconic style without her headbands or her Constance uniform. The third season Blair is still true to herself in style, but she has just taken it to a more mature level. Gone are the ensembles in red, white and blue sporting layers upon layers of ribbons, frills, bows, lace, and more. In its place, clean cut pencil skirts, sleek sheath dresses, and sharp trench coats emerge. Blair's new style is very professionally eclectic. She dresses like a polished secretary, but make no mistake, this girl is your future boss[or Queen].

Elements of Blair Waldorf's Style:

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1. Pencil Skirts with Blouses
Everyone has their go-to uniform that they rely on to get dressed in the morning. Blair's go-to look is a high waisted curve-hugging pencil skirt paired with an airy feminine blouse. This girl is always about showing off a slim ladylike figure. The skirt shows off her small waist while the blouse lends some flair. She usually works a solid colored skirt with a printed blouse that either has ruffles or a bow near the collar. This ensemble is a way for Blair to appear put together and chic while still retaining a delicate feminine feel.


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2. Sheath Dresses
If Blair wants to reach for something a little more simple and sleek, she reaches for a sheath dress. Body conscious without looking too tight or skanky, a sheath dress is modest but still shows off her narrow figure. It covers up her cleavage and shoulders, so Blair looks like she knows what she's talking about. It also nips in at the waist and hips to show off her hourglass shape. This dress is the epitome of the new Blair; clean cut, dramatic, and powerful.


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3. Wrap V-neck Dresses
On occasions when a little skin is necessary, Blair rocks a lower cut V-neck styled dress. The dress has a nipped in waist, highlighting her most slender point, and flairs out into a full skirt. The wrap neckline shows off a little cleavage, but the straps over the shoulders are still broad enough to remain modest. These dresses allow Blair work a flirty 50's silhouette and still retain her ladylike poise.


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4. Blair's Silhouette
Although I have repeated this many times already, showing off her slim ladylike physique, is a key part of Blair's style. All of her dresses, no matter what the style, are cut to flatter her narrow figure. She doesn't have bombshell curves like Serena or endless legs like Jenny, so body-conscious clothes don't appear trashy on her and her hemlines stay at a respectable length. Essentially Blair's clothes reflect her dainty yet powerful persona.


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5. Patterns and Textures
This is where old-school-Constance-Blair kicks in. Blair loves different prints and materials in her wardrobe. For prints, she usually has something with a floral print in her outfit, highlighting her feminine side. Sometimes she ventures into a houndstooth pattern or a brocade. The textures Blair incorporates usually comes from a tone on tone fabric or from her hosiery. While at Constance, she worked solid bold brightly colored tights, Blair has now grown up into sheer zigzag or lacy textured tights.


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6. Vintage Hats
In replacement of the headbands, Blair wears many different hats throughout the third season. All of them are old fashioned shapes such as the cloche hat that many women wore during the 20's. I feel like this is the perfect hat for Blair because the 20's was a era of women gaining power in society while remaining glamorous and dramatic. Occasionally Blair will wear a bucket hat that has a similar short downward brim. Her hats always compliment her outfit and accentuate her dark curled hair.


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7. Oxford Heels
At Constance, the classic Blair Waldorf shoe was the sassy and coy Mary-Jane. Upon beginning college, Blair has now graduated into a more sharp and clever Oxford shoe. Inspired by menswear, the Oxford heel gives a sense of masculine power, while still revealing a hint of feminine sex appeal. The perfect representation of Blair. Her Oxfords usually have a wingtip, lace up the front, and sport at least a 4 inch heel. She keeps it playful by experimenting with peep toe styles, different colors, and various textures.


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8. Statement Necklaces
Most of the time the term statement necklace in fashion is used to describe huge, almost breastplate like necklaces. In this case however, it just portrays a necklace that has a bold look to it. Blair tends to wear chunky necklaces that compliment her outfit and draw the eye up to her face. She avoids mixing various smaller necklaces together and instead opts for one single dramatic piece.


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9. Structured Purses
With bags, like with all the other aspects of her life, Blair prefers some structure. This girl always carries a purse with a defined ladylike shape. All with very sharp rectangular forms, Blair's bags vary in textures such as croc, leather, and quilted and range in a number of different colors. Her purses are as clean cut, polished, and no-fuss as she is.


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10. Natural Makeup and Loose Curls
Previously on Gossip Girl, Blair's makeup was much more dramatic and apparent. While attending Constance, she always had red glossy lips and pink rosy cheeks. The amount of precise lipstick and blush she wore made her appear like a delicate porcelain doll. Now though, Blair has toned down the severeness of her makeup. She's all about a soft naturally pretty palette of taupe eyeshadows, faintly peach blush, and berry lips. Her makeup is about flattering the features she already has. Her makeup is very minimal and almost unnoticeable, but gives her a girly fresh feel.


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At Constance, Blair's hair was always done in tight perfect dark curls and topped with an extravagant headband. In the third season, however, Blair's hair started to lighten in color and relax into soft waves. Her hair still appears very polished, but it has lost that artificial overly-perfect quality it had before. To imitate her hairstyle, I would suggest blow drying your hair with a diffuser, working a light styling cream throughout your head, and wrapping each 1 inch section of hair around closed barrel of a curling iron. Finish with workable hairspray and you'll have yourself a sassy and polished Blair Waldorf hair-do.


I felt nervous doing a Blair Waldorf style guide, because she is such an icon in modern day commercial fashion. Hopefully, I did our Queen justice in this break down of her post-graduation style. I really enjoy writing these style-how-to's and I really hope you enjoy reading them. As I did with Jenny Humphrey's style guide, I will follow this post up with a few outfits inspired by Blair. Until next time!

Rach:]

[Photo credits:
http://www.tvfanatic.com/shows/gossip-girl/
http://www.leightonmeesterweb.com/]

22 comments:

  1. Blair looks always gorgeous! Thanks for sharing ;)!

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  2. I love Blair. I so wish I had her money so I could dress like her. She has such amazing outfits.

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  3. She definitely has the sexy, retro, and classic down. Love her style!

    invasionista

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  4. She definitely has a great style and a great look!

    Thank you about my hair. It's actually very easy for me because I have thick and curly hair and it pretty much just goes to the shape I want to. I just take some bobby pins, take a section of my hair, push it up, and pin it down. My sister has very fine and silky hair and she tries it out and it has a okay outcome. I suggest just teasing your hair a bit if you have that fine silky hair and I think you'll be good. Pin it down and I think you'll be good (: Lemme know how it goes if you try it out!

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  5. Wooow,great post!
    I adore all her outfit.
    I just found your blog and I'll follow you!!

    XX
    http://tokyofashionholic.blogspot.com/

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  6. Great post! her character has such great style very classic

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  7. hello hun,, thanks for stopping by my blog :)

    this is a great post, great summary on Blair's style :)

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  8. I ADORE Blair's over-thetop, preppy look on Gossip Girl. Fab! :]
    Xx

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  9. YOU DEFINITELY DID B'S STYLE GUIDE JUSTICE. Everything is nailed perfectly - and the eye candy of outfits accompanying your words certainly helped!

    Blair's MY favourite from the show. I love the chicness and elegance of her outfit - whilst she still manages to be youthful with some nice pops of colour! Definitely a style icon of today!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!
    QUIRKYEXPLOSION.blogspot.com

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  10. fab blog!


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  11. i dont watch gossip girl, and blair waldorf isnt my style icon, but i think that her style is style is very classy and i applaud her for that :)

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  12. love blair! will miss her during summer!
    you might like my new post of videos from LV and Dior for inspiration!

    http://rosacouture.blogspot.com/2010/06/lady-blue-shangai-vs-encounter-with.html

    <3

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  13. Awesome post!
    Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

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  14. Awesome post, I really enjoyed your Jenny style guide too. I'm a big gg fan too, but these posts are so thorough!

    xoxo, Ashley @ freehoney.blogspot.com

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  15. Ah! I love Blair and her wardrobe, so much it's ridiculous. Great post!

    www.andyourstruly.blogspot.com

    X

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  16. I absolutely love Blair Waldorf and the way she dresses, although I don't think I would be able to pull off her look due to the fact I rarely wear dresses, and she practically only wears dresses (and skirts).

    Oh and I think you've done a great job with this blog entry, so you don't have to worry! :)

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  17. Finally! An extensive and well-thought post about Blair's style! I have found what I've been looking for. Blair is and forever will be my favorite character from Gossip Girl, and I can say the same for everything she wears on the show. Thank you so much for writing this and all of your style guides; you are wonderful.

    lotsoflove,
    dearpadfoot.blogspot.com

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  18. Your blog is perfection. #ThatIsAll

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  19. Please can you tell me the colors of the chanel's lipsticks??
    I really want both!
    xoxo

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  20. I loved your post!
    I really want to know the names of the two chanel's lipsticks!
    Thank you!
    xoxo

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