Blake Lively Just Wore Her Gossip Girl Character's Favorite Going-Out Outfit

Chances are that Blake Lively felt pretty comfortable in her outfit for Gigi Hadid's birthday party in New York over the weekend, as it very much channeled the character that kicked off her career—Serena van der Woodsen. If you know anything about her iconic Gossip Girl character, you know that her going-out outfits were hardly of the low-key variety. As someone who watched every episode of Gossip Girl when it was on TV, I can confirm that there were more than a few instances of Lively wearing the classic going-out outfit formula comprised of an ultra-short minidress and heels. And lo and behold, that's exactly what she wore to Hadid's birthday party.

For the festive occasion, Lively wore a magenta Sergio Hudson dress with a red Chanel clutch and red Christian Louboutin heels. And if someone looked at the photo without context, they could've easily mistaken it for a Gossip Girl night shoot from 13 years prior. Scroll to see Lively over the weekend and as van der Woodsen in 2009 and to shop minidresses they'd both wear for nights out.

Present-Day Blake Lively


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On Blake Lively: Sergio Hudson Multi Seamed Mini Dress Magenta ($1195); Chanel bag; Christian Louboutin shoes

Serena van der Woodsen in 2009


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Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.