From Playful to Polished: Blake Lively’s Style Evolution

As a college student, I constantly find myself in an awkward position with my wardrobe. Although I feel I should be dressing more like a young professional, I have a hard time completely transforming my entire closet and as a result, I’m on a constant quest to find the balance between my current youthful style and a more polished version of it. For style inspiration, I turned to Blake Lively, a major fashion icon, who currently serves as Gucci’s spokeswoman and is known for her classic and polished looks. 

Lively’s style was not always this mature though. When she starred in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in 2005, she served us bubbly, California-girl “chic” with baby doll sundresses and brightly colored crop tops. However, upon being cast as Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl, Lively’s style transformed into one of a true New Yorker’s. Not only did she begin embracing form-fitting looks with high slits and plunging necklines in deep blues, reds and blacks, in 2011, Lively was named the face of Chanel handbags and in 2014, the face of Gucci’s Première fragrance. It is through these associations that Lively experienced yet another style transformation, which ultimately led to her current “Old Hollywood” red carpet style which consists of long hems, sparkles and rich neutrals.

Let’s take a closer look at Lively’s style evolution throughout the years in order to learn exactly how we can transform our current pieces into more polished closets.

Lively was the ultimate California-girl at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards wearing a yellow strapless dress with wavy hair.

At Teen People’s celebration for its 2nd Annual Young Hollywood Issue in August 2005, Lively channeled her youthful style by pairing a black crop top with jeans and pointy toed heels.

As the recently cast Serena van der Woodsen, Lively channeled her inner New Yorker at the 11th Annual HELP Group Teddy Bear Ball with a black dress, tights and heels

After playing Serena van der Woodsen for three years, Lively clearly began to experiment with her style by rocking a plunging neckline and short shorts at a screening of The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” in 2009.

At the celebration of Gossip Girl’s 100th episode, Lively started to experiment with Old Hollywood glamour style by wearing a white dress complete with fringe, lace and sparkles.

Lively continues to embrace Old Hollywood Glamour with this sparkly skirt at the premiere of Turbo in July 2013.

Lively looked flawless at the 2014 MET Gala in a nude colored gown with sparkles and a plunging neckline.

Staying true to her Old Hollywood style, Lively embraced an off-the-shoulder look at a press conference in Beijing. The bright yellow color and long hem display just how polished her style is and how far she has come since her California-girl days. 

Written by: Bethany Stokoski