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Vampire Diaries Fashion – How to Dress Like Elena Gilbert


elena from vampire diaries

From all of your comments and emails, it’s become pretty obvious that many of you guys are huge fans of the TV show Vampire Diaries, so with the end of the One Tree Hill fashion series, it seemed only fitting to switch gears to another much-requested series. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be breaking down fashionable looks inspired by this popular show.

I’m going to kick this series off with Elena, who is really a quintessential student (besides the whole being in love with a vampire thing). She has a great casual style that we can all incorporate into our own wardrobes – read on to learn how!

About Elena’s Style

Natural hair and make-up, jeans, sneakers, tanks and t-shirts – Elena’s wardrobe is all about casual wardrobe classics that, when put together, perfectly reflect her personality.

She also opts for leather jackets and loves to wear deep hues of purple, green and red. In addition, she pairs most of her looks with a classic pair of black Chuck Taylors. Although the rich colors she wears are meant to mirror the fantasy and mystery of the show, they just also happen to be super flattering.

Bomber Jackets

In only a couple of seasons, Elena has rocked countless different jackets. The majority of her outerwear consists of leather jackets in either bomber or motorcycle style, and in a range of colors, from cream to black. What I love about leather jackets is that they are really versatile and come in a ton of different cuts and colors, each combination with its own unique vibe.

The trick to pulling off a bomber jacket like Elena is to really focus on finding a jacket with a great fit. If it’s too long or baggy, you risk looking more like you borrowed your boyfriend’s jacket – ideally, you want your jacket to fit like it was custom-made for you.

Also, color is important when it comes to leather (and faux-leather) jackets. If you aren’t adventurous enough to invest in a cream-colored style, opt for a piece in basic black – it will go with pretty much everything and the fabric and embellishments of the jacket will be more subtle against a darker backdrop.

bomber jacket
Product Information (Left to Right): Forever 21, ASOS, Charlotte Russe, Charlotte Russe

Deep Colors

Okay, I admit it – I’ve featured almost every jewel-tone shade at one point or another while writing for CF. And for good reason: Deep colors are go-to favorites for celebrities, designers and TV costume departments (and me!) because they’re flattering on almost every skin tone and hair color.

In Elena’s case, these luxe colors not only complement her chocolate-brown hair, but they also echo the drama and mood of Vampire Diaries. Although most of her wardrobe consists cotton henleys and camis, a rich color like purple adds an instant touch of warmth to even the most basic pieces – it’s the perfect addition to any winter wardrobe.

Product Information: 3/4 Sleeve Henley – Splendid, Ruffle Tank – Delias, 3-Piece Henley Set – Splendid, Purple Tank – Jessica Simpson, V-Neck – American Eagle

Jeans and Converse

The most important element of Elena’s wardrobe is definitely her denim collection. She’s adventurous, athletic and has a little bit of an unpredictable life, and jeans are the perfect way to balance style and practicality. There was one aspect of her looks that struck me as unique – she’s often seen in flared jeans. It seems that skinny fit jeans have become the norm in pop culture and on college campuses, but Elena shows that flared jeans and pants are still trendy and stylish.

While skinny jeans are great for tucking into boots, flared and boot-cut styles work with everything from sandals, to flats, to sneakers - you definitely get your money’s worth when you buy a pair!

Product Information: Converse Sneakers – Kohls, Jeans (Left to Right) – Forever 21, Delias, Delias

Elena’s Beauty Routine

elena from vampire diaries beauty

Although her beauty routine is pretty simple, there are a few basic tools to use that will really help you capture Elena’s look.

  • Stay away from harsh black eye make-up. Instead, opt for chocolate brown eye liner and mascara.
  • Keep the lips simple – clear lip gloss or chapstick with a little bit of a shine is all you need.
  • Use just a little bit of concealer to hide any blemishes or under-eye darkness, but don’t go crazy with foundation. Elena is all about the natural look.
  • For a more formal occasion, brush a gold or taupe color eye shadow across your eye lids – no crazy colors!

Tying it All Together

Are you a fan of Vampire Diaries? What do you think of Elena’s style? Are you a jeans-and-tee kind of girl or more dressy? I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions – be sure to leave a comment!

Posted on on February 7, 2011 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , ,

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65 Responses to “Vampire Diaries Fashion – How to Dress Like Elena Gilbert”

  1. 1
    February 7th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    You should do a post about style from the NBC Thursday night comedies – I loved the one about Community, but I think there are stylish characters on Outsourced and Parks and Recreation that would make an interesting TV style post.

  2. 2
    February 7th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I love this! I’ve never watched the show, but I’m definitely a jeans-and-tee kind of girl, and we can look cute too! Thanks for the post.

  3. 3
    February 7th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I love this show, thanks for the post. Could you do Caroline next, please? Thanks.

  4. 4
    February 7th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Yayy!! I’ve been waiting for this for so long. Elena’s style is so natural and easy. Thank you for the post.

  5. 5
    February 7th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Yay I love Vampire Diaries!
    Except, you posted a lot of pictures of Katherine for the Elena post. They have a pretty different style.

  6. 6
    February 7th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I’ve never really paid much attention to this show because it seems like a twilight rip off, but she does have great style!! Love the leather jackets!

  7. 7
    February 7th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I love the Vampire Diaries and Elena’s style! Thanks for doing a post on this. But like Bryana said, you used some Katherine pictures for the Elena post, and they do have different styles. That being said, I hope you include a Katherine post for this series! I’m looking forward to the Caroline one too, her style got really good in season two.

    Also, if anyone’s wondering, the leather jacket Elena wears in the pilot is from Aritzia, a popular store in Vancouver (where the pilot was shot).

  8. 8
    February 7th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    This is my style to a T. Simple, classic, casual…I love it!

  9. 9
    February 7th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    great post !it’s funny cuz i was just thinking about cf covering elena’s style .tvd is my favourite show !keep them coming pls .we want more posts on tvd characters .
    btw in 2 of the photos is kat pictured and not elena .it would be better if you diid 2 different posts ,one for each character cuz the have very different fashion sense

    love it though !thnx

  10. 10
    February 7th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Love this style! I would describe this style as a sleek yet fashionable laid back style ;) Thanks College Fashion!

  11. 11
    February 7th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I love you guys and now I love you even more! Please do a Katherine style post! You are great!

  12. 12
    February 7th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I love CF and Vampire Diaries, but I think Elena is really boring, as well as her style. She dresses like she’s in high school. Do Caroline, please!! =)

  13. 13
    February 7th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I love the Vampire Diaries and especially Elena, Bonnie, and Caroline’s style. You did put pictures of Katherine under the “Bomber Jacket” section, when the two of them have very different styles. Katherine is more…sleazy while Elena is definitely more casual. Oh, and if you want to find the exact clothes they are wearing, Coolspotters is definitely the most concise place.

  14. 14
    February 7th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Amazing! :)

  15. 15
    February 7th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I’m going to sound repetitive but the bomber jacket=Katherine and not Elena. You should do both styles Elena and Katherine (they’re VERY different). But thanks for doing this vampire diaries series of posts, i’m a huge fan!

  16. 16
    February 7th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Thank you so much for this post!
    hope you won’t forget Damon:)
    while writing about Caroline, you can mention difference between girly caroline and vampire caroline:) it would be interesting..I think

  17. 17
    February 7th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    This was a great post (I LOVE “The Vampire Diaries”!!!!), but please, please, PLEASE, do a fashion and beauty series on the British TV show, “Skins”! MTV now has their own version, which is pretty bad, but I must say, the British version is absolutely FANTASTIC! All the characters, from each generation, have their own style, but characters that particularly come to mind are Effy, Cassie, Michelle, Pandora, Naomi, Katie, and Emily. Even the male characters on the show have style, so PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO A FASHION AND BEAUTY SERIES ON SKINS!

  18. 18
    February 7th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    YOu should totally do a Buffy the vampire slayer fashion thing! That would be so fun to see!

  19. 19
    February 7th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    i think others have already commented on this, but there is definitely a difference between elena and katherine in regards to their fashion sense. elena is more laid back, befitting of a small-town american girl; contrast that with katherine who is the arch nemesis, and thus dresses more rocker with attitude. i believe that katherine is normally the one who wears the tight skinny jeans and jackets. she is also the one who has curls in her hair (:

  20. 20
    February 7th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    loved the post but i would like to point out a few things aboyt elena is not always wearing converse she wears boots and flats plus skinny jeans but at events she has worn really cute dresses hope you do caroline (human/vamp) then katherine and bonnie but also do isobel even though she was in 1 episode her style was very impressive

  21. 21
    February 7th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Great post! I love Vampire Diaries…its an awesome show…much much better than Twilight.

    Elena’s style is great, I love how she looks casual and effortless, but really pretty at the same time. =]

  22. 22
    February 7th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Could you do Annie Wilson from 90210? I LOVE her style and am always trying to find dress-for-less versions on style sites, but I never can. Thanks!!

    Her clothes are SO cute but really laid back and casual. Lots of distressed, vintage-y looking cross body bags (my favorite thing ever!)

  23. 23
    February 7th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Yes yes, thank you so much. This pretty much made my whole day! I always look to Elena for fashion tips.

  24. 24
    February 7th, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Oh, and please do an article on Katherine’s dress style. It’s very different from Elena’s.

  25. 25
    February 7th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    I love this show. You’ve done an excellent job. But I focus on eye makeup a lot and I’ve noticed that though in her day-to-day look she appears as though she isn’t wearing any eyeshadow, she is actually using an orange tinted eyeshadow. Just thought I’d point that out. Good job otherwise :)

  26. 26
    February 8th, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Yeah, I noticed for the bomber jackets, you posted picture of Nina Dobrev as Katherine, who is a totally different character than Elena. Great post, but check your facts :(

  27. 27
    February 8th, 2011 at 6:30 am

    so happy to finally see this on cf :)
    except for a few little things, your take on elena’s style was right on!
    i agree with sophia on the footwear.. elena does occasionally wear flats and boots

  28. 28
    February 8th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    You should do Caroline and Bonnie, Elena’s style is a bit boring.

  29. 29
    February 8th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    YAY Vampire Diaries! I hope you do a post for Katherine, Bonnie, Caroline (maybe 2 seperate posts..her human style and vamp style?) and Jules (the newest wolf in town). I love what she’s been wearing.

    I saw someone’s post saying you should do a series based on ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and I just want to second that! I love that show!

  30. 30
    February 8th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I’ve never watched the series but I love her style here. It’s a lot like my own. Thanks for the post

  31. 31
    February 8th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    i love the show, i am not a fan of her style… im def. wayyyy more dressy

  32. 32
    February 8th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I do like the dresses

  33. 33
    February 9th, 2011 at 4:32 am

    If you’re looking for her makeup look, a girl on YouTube does an amazing one. I followed her instructions and everyone was impressed by how much my makeup resembled Elaina’s

  34. 34
    February 11th, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Where can I find the long knee boots Elena wore I’n the last episode at the lake house that had silver buckles at the top does anyone know??

  35. 35
    February 11th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Connie- I’ve been looking for those too! They’re SO cute but I can’t find them.

  36. 36
    February 15th, 2011 at 12:31 am

    My wife and I were watching the latest episode on Tivo when she said, “Wait – go back! I love those boots. Since I thought that they looked pretty hot, too, I did a few searches. On another web site someone said that they thought that the boots were Sam Edelman “Pierce” Over the Knee Boots and that you could get them here:

  37. 37
    February 15th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Nice post :D

    Do katherine too please x

  38. 38
    February 22nd, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    what about the dress elena wore in the fourth book

  39. 39
    March 14th, 2011 at 2:33 am

    pleeeeeease continue this series :((((

  40. 40
    June 10th, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Raquel-I totally agree! Anne’s style on parks and recreation is so simple, but cute. Even Leslie wears some great outfits!

  41. 41
    August 20th, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    i love it because it’s my style, i dress up like that all the time and i feel good in it.

  42. 42
    November 16th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I love this article but do you thik you can do another on season2? I noticed that she has a lot of differences in her style from season 1.

  43. 43
    November 27th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    I LOOVE Elena Gilbert! Just saw this feed and loved it! Totally agree with what you’ve written.. I can feel a shopping trip coming on!

  44. 44
    May 10th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    i luv this so much iv”e been looking 4 something like this thx

  45. 45
    May 10th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    i feel a shopping trip coming just got paid

  46. 46
    June 12th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Wow! loved this!! Everthing I wanted to know in one place!!!xxx Thanks so much! .. now do you have a kathrine one…??

  47. 47
    June 12th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    OMG YOU DO!!!

  48. 48
    June 23rd, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I really like how you show the styles, but just to mention; the first style, with the leather jackets, is more Katherine style (although I know when Elijah first appears in the series Elena does have a cream colored leather jacket) and the pictures are on Katherine, not Elena. Good job with everything else, though!

  49. 49
    June 24th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Wow thanks

  50. 50
    August 8th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    i started 3 days ago and im on season 3

  51. 51
    September 25th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I love how she dresses and I love the stypes of stiles that she wres I love 2 meet the vampire diaries cast they are the best

  52. 52
    September 26th, 2012 at 12:11 am

    i love this show and i also love love love Nina’s style ( Elena). Im so glad this was posted. Now i know what to go out and buy to have her look mix with my own ^_^

  53. 53
    October 4th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I love Elena’s style and the clothes that all the girls in the Vampire Diaries wear. I also love the ‘leather jacket, top, jeans and boots style’ I feel most comfortable and me when i’m wearing that. Some of the girls where I live (Harrogate, UK) get carried away with brands and fancy stuff and I wish they all just wore this sort of stuff and then I would feel even more comfortable wearing it. But I’ve just gotta be me:) But I love The Vampire Diaries and all the characters!!!

  54. 54
    October 8th, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I love Elenas look and you discribe it so good. Thanks

  55. 55
    January 2nd, 2013 at 1:58 am

    YAY! Thanks so much! This should be easy considering my style is very similar to Elena’s! Thanks! <3

  56. 56
    August 22nd, 2013 at 1:23 am

    I love vampire diries best show ever cant wait till Thursday :)

  57. 57
    September 8th, 2013 at 7:27 am

    to my taste of many but not all of her clothes are very faded jeans ….. and I like them)

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