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Fashion Rules Inspired by Gossip Girl’s Chuck Bass: 4 Tips for Guys & Girls

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Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl

While we love the girls of Gossip Girl for their impeccable and unique style, there is also a lot we can learn from the guys. Today, I want to focus on one of the most stylish guys on Gossip Girl, Chuck Bass, and what we can learn from his style.

Chuck’s style is unique to say the least. You will never find him in jeans or a t-shirt (unless he’s trying to be ironic), and his ensembles are completely out of the box. Who else would wear a purple jumper with yellow trousers? But the most important element of Chuck’s style is the way everything is pulled together. Like his personality, everything he wears is cleverly calculated, right down to his socks.

Here are 4 basic fashion rules that we can learn from Chuck and ideas for girls and guys on how to interpret these rules.

1. Embrace bright colors.

Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl in a colorful outfit

Bright colors are a huge part of Chuck’s style, and he often wears them in unexpected combinations. I love the yellow and purple combo above – it really shouldn’t work but it completely does. So to channel Mr. Bass, forget the rules – mix red and green, pink and red, and slightly different shades of the same color. Then rock your look with confidence.

Colorful Outfit for Girls

Colorful outfit for girls inspired by Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl

cardigan/chinos/socks/boat shoes/bag/shirt

Colorful Outfit for Guys

Brightly colored outfit for guys inspired by Chuck Bass

sweater/trousers/bag (no longer available- sorry!)/shoes/socks

Chuck’s style strikes a balance between matchy-matchy and completely un-coordinated. I definitely think he matches his socks in with his outfit, even if you barely see them! I love the smart, androgynous trousers in the girl’s outfit, paired with the fun shirt and cardigan. The guy’s outfit is simple but has to be worn with great fitting trousers and tons of confidence. This is for the guy that wants to look cool without following the crowd.

2. Chinos are the new jeans.

Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl

We already know that skinny cargo pants are the next big thing, but their slightly tamer cousins – beige chinos – literally go with everything! They are as universally wearable as jeans but seem much classier and dressier. Although they may be associated with the summer months, as Chuck shows us, you can wear them all year round.

Chino Outfit for Girls

chinos for girls

chinos/shoes/sweater/blouse/blazer

Chino Outfit for Guys

chinos for guys

shirt/cardigan/chinos/shoes

I am in love with the girls’ outfit above – I can’t get enough of its simple androgynous feel – and it has all the elements of chuck! This is a really wearable, preppy look- very New England. The guys’ outfit is also super-simple – I tried to dress the chinos in the same way you would wear jeans by including a simple shirt and cardigan combo. But the gorgeous leather shoes give it a touch of sophistication.

3. Smart tailoring is essential.

Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl in a tailored ensemble

Smart tailoring is what Chuck does best: He never looks more comfortable than when he is in a suit, complete with bow tie and waistcoat. His secret? Everything is perfectly fitted. So get his look with classic pieces that fit well, or get friendly with your local tailor or seamstress to have your favorite pieces made-to-fit.

Tailored Outfit for Girls

tailored outfit for girls

blazer (the link is to a similar red blazer)/socks/shorts/shirt/shoes (these ones are similar- the ones featured are sold out)

Tailored Outfit for Guys

tailored outfit for guys

bow tie/blazer/shirt/trousers/shoes

The girls’ outfit is perfect for daytime. I love the look of tailored shorts – they work with ankle socks or tights for winter. The red blazer adds an element of fun, but is still sharp and bright – Chuck would definitely approve.

The guys’ outfit channels Chuck’s love of tailoring: A gorgeous grey suit looks great paired with a fun tie and a pastel shirt. Chuck is often seen in lilac or pink shirts, and nearly always chooses grey over black when it comes to suits. This look is perfect if you have something fancy to attend.

4. Don’t forget a fabulous coat.

Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl in a fabulous coat

Chuck is fantastic at layering, and understands the power of a great coat. After all, come winter, if you have a gorgeous coat on, it doesn’t even matter what you have on underneath! He loves belted styles, which are flattering on both girls and guys. In addition, a belted trench is perfect for fall in New York.

Coat Outfit for Girls

coat outfit for girls

trench/skinny trousers/cardigan/shirt/shoes/scarf

Coat Outfit for Guys

coat for guys

shirt/chinos/scarf/boat shoes/tie

Both the outfits above are quite simple, focusing on the standout coats. The girls’ outfit is wearable but smart – I really wanted to try out Chuck’s strategy of mixing red and pink, plus skinny black trousers and a classic trench are wardrobe staples. The guys’ outfit is for a guy who’s ready to take a style risk: A pale shirt, chinos, boat shoes and a patterned scarf all combine for a look that’s very Chuck. Bass Enterprises will be calling you up any day now!

What do you think?

Are you inspired by Chuck’s style? Guys- what do you think of this post? Will you be trying out any of these styles? Girls – do you think you’d try these looks? Let me know in the comments!

*all photos from whatchuckwore

Posted on on October 16, 2010 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , , ,

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24 Responses to “Fashion Rules Inspired by Gossip Girl’s Chuck Bass: 4 Tips for Guys & Girls”

  1. 1
    October 16th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Also, the scarf is key! Lol. I loved the article. Great outfit choices and things to look for in Chuck’s style!

  2. 2
    October 16th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I love Chuck and how he puts his clothes together! He always looks sharp even when his pieces shouldn’t go together. He makes it work. I love how, even if he’s in a suit, he throws in pops of color. And don’t even get me started on his suit vests. Simply amazing. Thanks for putting this together. Now I can show homage to my favorite character of pretty much all time

  3. 3
    October 16th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    There is nothing sexier than a sharply dressed straight man that exudes sex appeal, I wish more guys would pull a Chuck in their daily wardrobe.

  4. 4
    October 16th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    i was so struck by his sex appeal i completely forgot about his awsome style sense!
    the way he dresses ads to the sexiness…i wish more guys and girls would dress like him
    btw i wish they would have let him kepp his british accent in the show…very sexy

  5. 5
    October 16th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I love this post, but I totally agree with Tessa. The scarf is the Bass symbol! Nonetheless, totally love the blouse and shorts on tailored outfits.

  6. 6
    October 16th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    i absolutely LOVE chuck’s style for boys! i wouldn’t wear chuck’s style because preppy is sort of not me, but i love how he pairs brights together! definitely inspiration from him for the brights!
    xoxo, kylie

  7. 7
    October 16th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Love this. Chuck is one of my favorite characters on Gossip Girl. I wish I could convince my boyfriend to dress like that. And purple and yellow work together because they’re complementary colors. They’re suppose to work together.

  8. 8
    October 16th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I love this; I think I’m more interested by his style than some of the girls on the show. The tailored shirt and shorts are excellent. This also reminds me that I ought to get a pair of chinos, since I don’t like jeans much but I find myself ending up wearing them an awful lot. Great post, as usual! :)

  9. 9
    October 16th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    LOVE Chuck! I think most guys wouldn’t be too eager to embrace the yellow/purple/orange, but the last 3 guy outfits would look great on any guy. The girl outfits are awesome as well. Great post!

  10. 10
    October 16th, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I like your take on this, but Chuck no longer dresses this way. Sadly, we the fans have seen him in nothing but suits for many episodes now. It seems Mr. Bass has matured, and he does wear the hell out of his suits…but the boyish charm is gone.

  11. 11
    October 16th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    I LOVE THIS!! I think you did a great job with this post- so thorough, and I love how you incorporated girls’ and boys’ looks :)

  12. 12
    October 17th, 2010 at 4:44 am

    WOW!
    Very nice job, must have taken a lot of time, definitely bang on.
    GG & fashion, best. show. ever.

  13. 13
    October 17th, 2010 at 6:03 am

    Hmm this makes me want a pair of chinos rather badly! Chuck is almost the best dresser on the show, he always looks amazing.

  14. 14
    October 17th, 2010 at 10:01 am

    you should do some outfits inspired by chuck’s paris fashion – tres chic!

  15. 15
    October 17th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Fantastic article! Probably one of the best I’ve read on College Fashion in a long time!

  16. 16
    October 17th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I am in love with this post I still have a couple of chinos out didn’t know if i could still wear them and I’m going to buy some color cardgins Spencer from PLL has that kind of style preppy

  17. 17
    October 17th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Great post! Love the idea of Chuck style for girls!

  18. 18
    October 17th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I love this look, especially for girls. It’s very menswear inspired which is in this season!

  19. 19
    October 17th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Number 5 should be keep a signature item like his scarf!!
    Love him!

  20. 20
    October 17th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    I’m so pleased that CF is starting to feature more guy fashion as well. Someone should do a set of Inception-inspired outfits. The cast of that movie had such interesting and distinct styles. Plus, one of the group was a stylish college girl!

  21. 21
    October 20th, 2010 at 1:30 am

    I love the trench but the link won’t work…where can i get it?

  22. 22
    September 25th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I would love if College Fashion did a post on Daniel “Dan” Humphrey! I loved his style. It’s kind of like mine, involving plaids, blazers, and other articles of clothing.

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