“I don’t work with a stylist, never have,” Blake Lively says in her new Life in Looks video. Dressing up in the midst of a chaotic schedule is a feat, especially since the star has dominated the red carpet at countless movie premieres, galas and award shows. Proving she has a distinctive personal style all her own, the actress sat down with vogue to revisit some of her best looks over the years, as well as her favorite on-screen fashion moments.
Lively’s journey into fashion’s past began in 2005, when she landed her first role aged 16 in The Sisterhood of Travel Pants. “These shoes are very 2004,” she says of her character’s sporty look, sneakers included. She also talked about one of her favorite ensembles worn in Gossip Girl: the yellow ruffled Ralph Lauren dress that her character, Serena, wore in the Season 1 finale. “This dress is one of the most critical fashion moments of Gossip Girl“explains Lively. “Eric Daman, our costume designer, was so spectacular and inventive. He took the idea of really ‘looking’ characters to the next level.”
Lively also reflected on some of her most notable off-screen moments. Take the very first time she walked a red carpet in 2005 at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. The young starlet wore ripped low rise Abercrombie jeans, a Y2K babydoll top, Aldo heels and a hot pink belt. “I was still in high school,” Lively recalled. “The teal t-shirt is something my mom found at Forever 21.”
Since then, her fashion game has been elevated. One of her most glamorous moments came in 2014, when she attended the Cannes Film Festival for the first time in a custom Gucci gown. Her favorite piece was Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. “I love the jewelry, it’s such an important part of the style,” says Lively, who admired the simplicity of the diamond necklace. “It’s easy to say simplicity when you’re dripping with 500 carats of diamonds.”
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Life in Looks video if Lively didn’t reflect on some of her favorites. vogue Met Gala covers and looks too. Her favorite Met look of all time? The ornate Versace design she wore to the 2018 Celestial Bodies (it’s also a fan favorite). “I’m very involved in the design of the dress – I don’t know if it’s because I’m a Virgo or if I need a life,” she jokes, adding that it was his idea of adding an 8 foot long train. Last week, Lively walked the carpet at the 2022 Met Gala in another Versace creation inspired by the Statue of Liberty. “Instead of looking at Gilded Age fashion, I wanted to look at architecture,” says Lively. “New York has been a huge part of who I am…so I thought I’d like to arrive in a copper dress and rock it on the red carpet. Instead of performing, I wanted the dress be efficient.