Who better to complete “Back-to-School Week,” than the reigning queen B of making school clothing look so good? It’s Blair Waldorf again, sporting an adorable navy blue pencil skirt, white silk blouse, and a matching short tie, complete with a pearl tie tack. Her accessories are what really make the outfit pop – a red belted headband (of course, it’s Blair, after all) with a matching bag, red and white slingbacks, a silk scarf and a layered pearl bracelet. Her true love, Chuck Bass, certainly is her complement in an all-American colored blazer and tie, too. These two certainly make us excited for going back to school!
While we’ve featured different school uniforms from TV and film for “Back-to-School Week,” Hogwarts is probably the most exciting and magical (obviously) of the private schools we’d like to go to! Here is Emma Watson as beloved literary character, Hermione Granger, in her Hogwarts gear. She and her two best friends, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, attend the wizard academy from the ages 11 to 18. Since all three are members of the Gryffindor House, their gray uniforms tend to be punched up by their house’s colors – crimson and gold. Over the years, Hermione goes from an adorable, frizzy-haired bookworm to a stunning, smart wizard, all while wearing various gray skirts (usually accordion), gray pullovers and cardigans piped with red and gold, white button-down blouses, Gryffindor-crested black cloaks, and red & gold ties and scarves that top off every outfit (that we were dying to buy as preteens). Costume designer Judianna Makovsky was nominated for an Academy Award for her work on the first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, while fellow Oscar-winning designer Lindy Hemming costumed the second film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The following six other Harry Potter films were outfitted by Jany Temime. You can see Hermione’s complete transformation on In Style‘s website. We love the curly-haired heroine so much, we actually wish the books had featured her as the star of the whole series! 😉
Blake Lively played the most low-maintenance girl of the “Gossip girls,” so her style was more laid-back than her fellow classmates. Here she is as Serena van der Woodsen on the first episode of the series, returning to her prep school in Manhattan after mysteriously disappearing the year before. She’s wearing her uniform of a blue and green plaid skirt, a matching loose tie, an untucked white button-down shirt, a black cardigan and tights, with red knee socks and black leather boots. While eating her yogurt on the steps of the Met, she gets dissed by her former bestie, Blair Waldorf, who doesn’t invite her to the ball she’s throwing, as she’s threatened that Serena will resume her role as the school’s queen bee, and she will be dethroned!
This is probably the most iconic schoolgirl uniform of our “Back-to-School Week,” at least from our generation, and it’s 16-year-old Britney Spears in her 1998 music video, “Hit Me, Baby One More Time.” The young and fresh-faced southerner sported a black miniskirt, a cranberry crop-top, white button-down blouse, a gray cardigan with matching knee socks, and some pink pom-poms for her hair. The video’s director, Nigel Dick, originally had the idea to have Spears dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, but it was Britney’s idea to change the costume to a schoolgirl look. He told MTV in 2009, “Every piece of wardrobe in the video came from Kmart, and I was told at the time not one piece of clothing in the video cost more than $17. On that level, it’s real. That probably, in retrospect, is a part of its charm.”
Carey Mulligan plays Jenny Mellor in the 2009 drama, An Education, about a schoolgirl who grows up too fast in a London suburb during the 1960s. Here, Jenny wears her school uniform in a couple of different scenes throughout the movie, sporting a gray A-line skirt, a cranberry-colored belt, a white-button down blouse, a matching diagonally striped tie, with both a gray pullover, and a crested school coat with a coordinated scarf. The color combo of gray and burgundy is always one of our favorite classic pairings for fall. Jenny dons some other adorable vintage looks in the film, like floral, gold, leopard, and even a watercolor frock that we just adore. But Mulligan apparently didn’t love her outfits as much as we did… She told Today, “I had to work my way into liking the costumes… I was less keen on the school uniforms.” Kate Scheyer, of Vanity Fair, pointed out that the film’s designer, Odile Dicks-Mireaux, created an arc of costumes to tell Jenny’s story of a teen that matures quickly by hanging out with an older crowd, beginning with the rain-soaked schoolgirl (pictured, bottom right) that her suitor meets on the street… Basically a classic pedophile pickup, but it’s also a true story!
Okay, we promise this whole week won’t be a love letter to Gossip Girl, but there is no better-dressed pair of private school students than Blair Waldorf & Serena van der Woodsen. For “Back-to-School Week,” we’re counting down the best private school uniforms, and these two never disappoint. There’s a bevy of different ways these girls wore their Constance Billard clothes throughout the teen hit, but this look best illustrates the girls’ different styles. Blair (Leighton Meester) is always dressed like a lady – she loves the classics and never has a hair out of place, while Serena (Blake Lively) is more of a free spirit and casually sexy. We actually forgot, but we featured this look before in April 2011, making this the 1st time we’ve repeated a Look-of-the-Day! Blair is sporting her usual everyday look – a crisp, white button-down blouse, navy skirt and matching girly tie, but is also wearing a belted light blue princess coat, delicate black leather gloves and a silk head scarf. She looks right out of 1950s high society. Serena, on the other hand, is wearing a more up-to-date look of a cream cable-knit sweater, a camel-colored Roberto Cavalli leather jacket, suede boots, and a plaid skirt with a matching tie. The loose hair, and not-perfectly-tied tie are indications that Miss van der Woodsen is always a little more laid back than her best friend (and very similar to Blake Lively’s real-life style!)
It’s “Back-to-School Week” here at theSkinnyStiletto! Summer unfortunately is coming to an end, but that means fashion’s favorite season is here – fall! Cozy sweaters, plaid skirts, soft scarves, high boots, warm coats and leaves changing! Our editors are no longer in school, and it’s strange to say, but we miss back-to-school shopping and the prospect of starting anew each year. (We think the Jewish have the right idea celebrating their new year during September!) This week, we’re featuring our favorite private school looks from film, and today’s “Look-of-the-Day” is none other than Blair Waldorf of Gossip Girl. Leighton Meester embodied the character of Blair so well, it’s as if her literary self jumped off the page and into this Balenciaga blazer onscreen. In Season 1 of show, she donned this adorable look on the episode Victor, Victola. She combined the yellow and blue piped gray boyfriend blazer (complete with a crest on the pocket), a capped-sleeve pinstriped blouse with lace detailing on the bust, white patterned tights, a navy skirt and tie, and topped it off with a red bowed headband. Blair looks impeccable as she talks to her bestie, Serena (Blake Lively), who also looks cute in her gray argyle sweater. Autumn looks great on these two BFFs!