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Gossip Girl Style Breakdown: Season Three, Episode Two

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New season, new school, new look for Gossip Girl‘s Queen Bee Blair Waldorf, as played by Leighton Meester brought her Upper East Side style down to NYU, but her Victoria Beckham peplum dress and matching headband didn’t play quite as well below 14th Street. Now, for Waldorf’s arch-enemy Vanessa Abrams, played by Jessica Szohr, the transition from Brookyn to campus was a little bit easier with her signature funky style, like last night’s Joie denim cargo shorts and a floral DVF print tank. No wonder Blair took a cue from her new floormate and switched into a pair of brass-button Milly sailor shorts and abstract striped DVF top! We tracked down their chic outfits for a whole lot less — not all co-eds have that kind of budget! Click here to shop their looks.Tell us: Whose back-to-school style would you rather rock: Blair’s or Vanessa’s?

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