Gossip Girl Fashion – Seasons 3 & 4: Vanessa Abrams

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Vanessa Abrams from Gossip Girl

Over the past couple weeks, we’ve been updating our original series on Gossip Girl fashion. So far, I’ve broken down Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen‘s styles during seasons 3 and 4, with some budget-friendly pieces to help you get their looks. This week, Vanessa Abrams, everyone’s favorite Lower East Side-looking hipster, and her fabulous style get the spotlight!

Like the other Gossip Girl ladies, Vanessa’s style has definitely evolved since her season 1 style – over seasons 3 and 4, her look has matured quite a bit. So whether she’s been your favorite style icon since Season 1, or her newer look is more your style, here are some tips on how to dress like Vanessa and steal her look.

Vanessa’s New Style

Gone are the days of neon pink Nike high-tops and kinky, crazy curls. Vanessa’s style is still definitely rooted in the artistic, trendy streets of the Lower East Side – but as she’s matured, her style has as well. These days, she always finds a way to make mis-matched styles and prints look like they were made to be worn together.

Like the other girls on the show, Vanessa is no stranger to formal events. However, she doesn’t play it safe with pretty dresses – she always lets her true style shine through.

Vanessa’s Fashion Essentials

OK, to be fair, Vanessa’s closet staples haven’t changed too much from the first season. Prints and form-fitting jeans are still her go-to’s for day and night. The difference (and the reason why she’s still such a style inspiration) is that she puts the same pieces together in new ways each season.

Skinny Jeans

Although there are still some disbelievers out there, I’m a strong supporter of skinny jeans. And Vanessa is proof that a great pair of skinnies is a super versatile fashion staple for any young woman. A few years ago, she was pairing her denim with bright sneakers and collegiate jackets. These days, Vanessa sticks to cute boots, funky flats and printed tanks to complement her jeans.


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Mix-and-Match Prints

Printed skirts, scarves and tops have always been some of Vanessa’s favorite pieces. Mixing prints has been a huge trend on the runways these past few seasons, and the look has found its way onto the Gossip Girl stars as well.

The best way to get Vanessa’s mix-and-match look is to not be afraid to experiment! Go through your closet and try a striped top on with a floral skirt, or a tie-dye tank with a geometric printed skirt. I promise, you’ll be surprised what outfits have been hiding in your closet all this time.


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Unique Jackets

Since the cold weather months are quickly approaching, I thought it would be fitting to take some inspiration from Vanessa for how to bundle up in style.

In keeping with the rest of her style choices, Vanessa chooses statement coats and jackets that really make an outfit (as opposed to just covering it up). Think fun prints, interesting fabrics and unique cuts. Another great tip to take from the Gossip Girl episodes is to always strive for balance in your look. If Vanessa’s jacket is brightly-colored, she balances it with dark denim. For a large or loose coat, she sticks to tights or leggings to show off her legs!


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Vanessa’s New Hairstyles

Vanessa Abrams' Hairstyles from Gossip Girl seasons 3 and 4

Photos courtesy of The CW and Jessica Szohr Network

Vanessa still sticks to natural hairstyles, but her season 3 and 4 looks are definitely more grown-up and classy than her old-school crunchy-with-product curls and high buns.

Like Blair and Serena, she has embraced the loose curls look as her hair has gotten longer. But when it isn’t down, Vanessa’s go-to hairstyle is a low ponytail. When it comes to hair, she always manages to look put-together while still avoiding the up-tight perfection of the Upper East Side girls.

Tying it All Together

Vanessa’s style has definitely changed and evolved over the past few seasons – but she still exudes hipster-chic. She’s a great inspiration for remixing your existing wardrobe to find new, fun ways to wear things. It’s easy to mix some of Vanessa’s look into yours – to start, try adding different prints, funky jewelry and unexpected fabrics. At the end of the day, her style is all about creativity and personality.

What do you think about Vanessa’s style evolution? She’s often been one of those characters that you either love or hate, but it’s hard to deny that she has a great sense of style. Do you prefer her artistic, hipster vibe to Blair and Serena’s more luxurious looks? I love hearing your insights and opinions! Be sure to leave a comment.

12 thoughts on “Gossip Girl Fashion – Seasons 3 & 4: Vanessa Abrams”

  1. I think the recap of her style is great, but I have to admit, the line that straighter hair is “classier” than natural curls kind of irked me. I think Gossip Girl could use a little bit more diversity first season (apart from Blair’s “ethnic sidekicks”) and a different style, and no matter what your opinion of her character is, Vanessa brought that. I LOVED her curly hair and know that tons of girls have it and may not feel as beautiful because they don’t have hair like Blair, Serena or Jenny. Now with long, straight locks, Vanessa just looks like everyone else.

  2. I totally love the new look specially compared to how she dressed before, but how her character has evolved its just insufferable. She went from the above all the scheming cool artist, to this no personality jealous of the rich girls. But anyway i love the boho chic style I actually changed my style from elegant waldorf to more relaxed. I specially love the prints!

  3. Compared to other girls in GG,i like vanessa the most.I find her really free spirit you know.I love her mix n match ….Plus i also like her accessories which u haven’t mentioned though…she’s been wearin a lot of chains and stuffs and i love her sort of messy hair look.keep on rockin girl;-)

  4. fabulous post. i love the new GG series on here :]]]
    i absolutely love Vanessa’s style now. I loved her baseball jackets and hi-tops from the first series, but now I feel her style is much more relaxed and fun.
    I think you’ve done a great job on this one :]]]
    I love everyone’s comments that she’s driving them crazy though :]]]

    Charlotte xxx

  5. Hands down she has better style now she still mixs prints always edgy accessories I do miss her curly hair though not a fan of the look now

  6. I love Vanessa’s hair so much more recently than I did in past seasons, but I don’t always like what she puts herself together in.

  7. She does wear some cute stuff, and lately especially she’s been rocking some trendy outfits (loving the jackets, mostly)…..but for some reason, her presence utterly irritates me. I don’t know why. She really doesn’t deserve it, but she drives me nuts. I don’t like her character at all, not even a little bit, and I have absolutely no reason whatsoever to feel that way, I just do. I’m sorry. 🙁 LOL.


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