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.
Written by: Bethany Stokoski