Gossip Girl Style: On vs. Off-Camera

Compare each Upper East Sider's individual style to how the actors dress in real-life.

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The characters of Gossip Girl are known for their style as much as their dramatic storylines. Check out how each Upper East Sider's individual style compares with how the actors dress in real-life.
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Blake Lively plays Serena Van Der Woodsen, a student at the fictional Constance Billard School for Girls in the Upper East Side when the series began. Serena's relaxed style is reflected in her school uniform with tall leather boots and red socks.
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Serena's bohemian-chic style blends peasant details with glamorous accessories, all of which are tres expensive. She is, after all, a member of the upper crust.
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Serena sports an LBD that is over-the-top chic on Gossip Girl, thanks to costume designer Eric Daman. His new book, You Know You Want It, touts style, inspiration and confidence.
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Actress Blake Lively's style is a bit different than the character she portrays on TV. Blake opts for low-cut and revealing whenever she can, and has on occasion paired it with ridiculously short shorts, as she did at the after-party for her film The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.
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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants actress is fond of revealing, yet chic, styles. The low-cut look continued when Blake wore a sparkly number by Balmain to HBO's post Emmy Awards reception in Sept. 2009.
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Even when she's going casual, as for the book launch of You Know You Want It, Blake makes daring choices to show off her bod, like sporting perforated leather leggings and a white button down.
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On the show, Serena and Blair Waldorf are best frenemies. Their styles complement and clash, just like their friendship.
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In Gossip Girl's early days the young women wore high school uniforms. In contrast to how Serena wore hers, Blair stuck with a more traditional look, adding a brightly colored headband for a personal touch.
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Blair's style is always preppy and clean-cut, and she always includes details like puffed sleeves and a contrasting bag.
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Elegant, polished and expensive - Blair's wardrobe is meticulously thought out and sends the message, "you can't afford this."
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Actress Leighton Meester's personal style differs greatly from her Upper East Side teen-queen character. Meester showed up at the opening of an American Eagle Outfitters store wearing a cut-down-to-there leather minidress. Blair would never be caught dead in that get-up.
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Beyond Gossip Girl, Leighton's attempting to launch a music career. In the video for her single "Somebody to Love," she sports a black bra, fedora and lots of bling.
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Leighton turned up at the Met's "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion" Costume Institute Gala in a brightly colored, patterned ensemble, complete with embellished leggings. Meester's style is much more eclectic than the character she plays on TV.
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When Taylor Momsen's character Jenny Humphrey arrived at Constance Billard, she worked hard to fit in and dress like her classmates. Her parents are artists and live in Brooklyn, which made her feel out of place with all the rich Upper East Siders.
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Jenny eventually achieved "queen bee" status, but did it with her own style, complete with cropped leather jackets, miniskirts and fishnets.
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While Jenny's gone a bit more rock-and-roll on the show, actress Taylor Momsen has taken her rocker style to a new level. She was spotted walking around New York in a skirt so short, we weren't sure at first if she was even wearing bottoms.
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The 16-year-old actress has a penchant for short skirts, embroidered fishnets and bright lipstick.
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Perhaps her off-camera style has been influenced by her burgeoning music career. Momsen, like her co-star Leighton Meester, is trying to break into the music biz with her band The Pretty Reckless.
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Nate Archibald, played by Chace Crawford, has a relaxed style. He goes for dress slacks and button-downs, often paired with a blazer, but avoids wearing a tie.
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Actor Chace Crawford shares a similar style aesthetic to his character. Both err on the casual side, while remaining pulled together.
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Casual and comfortable seem to be staples of Crawford's style mantra. The actor wore a high-end pull-over to Dolce & Gabbana's celebration for Fashion's Night Out in Sept. 2009.
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Awards ceremony? No problem, especially when it's the MTV Video Music Awards. Crawford stuck with a suit as a nod to the occasion, but opted out of a tie.
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Chuck Bass is Blair "Queen Bee" Waldorf's boyfriend, and not surprisingly, they often scheme together. The "bad boy" of the Upper East Side, his style is crisp, well-tailored, and often includes dabs of purple and pink.
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Actor Ed Westwick, on the other hand, opts for a West Coast wardrobe. A rabid fan of meavage -- that's male cleavage -- Ed loves to show off his chest hair with low cut v-necks paired with skinny jeans.
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Even at the opening night of "Hamlet" on Broadway, Ed bared some chest hair. His suit, however, was reminiscent of something Chuck Bass would wear - if it were paired with a dapper tie.
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When the moment arises, as at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards, Westwick keeps his formal attire youthful, but appropriate.
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Like the other guys of Gossip Girl, Dan Humphrey knows how to dress stylishly and make it look effortless.
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Penn Badgley, who plays Dan, shares a similar style to his character's casual looks.
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Penn's casual style is defined by the details. Leather jackets, skull caps and slip-on sneakers are staples to his wardrobe.
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Like his character Dan, Penn knows how to dress up when necessary. He wore a trim grey suit to the premiere of The Stepfather.
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Vanessa Abrams is an aspiring film maker with an eclectic style. She loves to layer and accessorize with clunky jewelery and waist-cinching belts.
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Vanessa keeps her quirky sense of style when she dresses up, as does actress Jessica Szohr. She paired a patterned minidress with gladiator sandals at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards.
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When she's going casual, Jessica's style is more toned down than Vanessa's. She looked informally chic at an American Eagle Outfitters store opening in a cowl-necked sweater and skinny jeans.
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