It's been a decade already since we last heard those infamous "xoxo" coming out of the mouth of the anonymous narrator of this popular TV show. Of course, by now, we know the narrator was none other than aspiring writer Dan Humprey (played by Penn Badgley). But that's not really the reason why we watched the show, was it?
The love stories were good. The anonymity of the narrator kept us guessing but it was the fashion that drew us to the show every week. Gossip Girl was the Sex and the City for 16-year-olds. We watched as Blake Lively and Leighton Meester donned stunning dresses, over the top accessories and even must-have street style pieces.
Serena Van Der Woodsen ruled our hearts (our fashion hearts). Back then, Blake Lively sported long blonde locks and short skirts. These days, well, not much has changed for Lively, although, her body did go through two pregnancies, and, oh, she married someone called Ryan Reynolds.
Leighton Meester made headbands a covetable accessory when she played privileged Blair Waldorf in the series. Waldorf's heart may have been stolen by Chuck Bass but Meester's heart was stolen in real life too by OC actor Adam Brody. Much like Lively, Meester hasn't changed much, in fact, she looks as classy as her alter ego was.
Penn Badley played "lonely boy" Dan Humphrey on the show and he was also the anonymous narrator. I'm pretty sure he didn't have as much money before Gossip Girl as he did after wrapping up the series. However, his then and now pictures show that the richer Badley became, the poorer he started to look. Is homeless-chic a thing now?
Chace Crawford played Nate Archibald — the ultimate good guy who could never really do anything bad to others. Back then, Crawford looked polished and lived up to the good guy persona. These days, Crawford still seems as nice as his alter ego but he does look scruffier with a beard and well, I'm not complaining.
Teenage girls around the world dreamed of turning Ed Westwick's alter ego, Chuck Bass, into a good person. Bass was always sleek. He always wore suits and was never anything but impeccable. Westwick's real life style, on the other hand, looks less New York elite and more casual. Yeh, we'll stick to dreaming about the fictional Chuck Bass.
As Serena Van Der Woodsen's mother, Lily, played by Kelly Rutherford, was as stylish as her daughter. Lily's hair was always a moment in the show. Her chignons were always perfectly made and her dresses looked timeless. Ten years later, Rutherford has let her hair down but she looks as good as she did back then.
Damn it, men age so much better than women! Look at Matthew Settle, he played Dan Humphrey's rocker dad. Well, ten years later, Settle looks even better. Maybe it's the short hair? Whatever it is, he looks incredible!
Playing Dan Humphrey's sister, Taylor Momsen started out as happy and blonde Jenny. Something happened after season one, however. Maybe Momsen went on a Tumblr binge or something because the next thing we know is she's looking constantly depressed, her hair was dyed a white blonde, her lips were stained red and her clothes were always black.
You know, there's change and then there's this. Jessica Szohr played Vanessa Abrams, Dan's friend, on the show. A decade can bring about a drastic change to a person's look but I don't think someone can change skin tone simply with the passing of the years.
Connor Paolo played Eric, Serena's gay brother on the show. You couldn't but love Paolo's character; he was the only stable character on Gossip Girl. Paolo started the show at a young age and it shows in his before picture. These days, Paolo looks more mature. He scruffier look definitely suits him.
For six seasons, Zuzanna Szadkowski wore nothing but a maid costume while playing Dorota Kishlovsky, Blaire Waldorf's maid. Very soon, we fell in love with Szadkowski's character as we saw how protective she was of Waldorf. That maid uniform and hair sleeked back was not the best look for Szadkowski. These days, the latter has let her hair down and put on some makeup. This woman looks so much younger than before!
Michelle Trachtenberg playing Georgina Sparks was entertaining, to put it mildly. Sparks was bad, she was slightly crazy but we still loved every moment she was on. Trachtenberg's long dark locks were a great feature ten years ago and they still are to this day. It's like this woman never ages.