I’ll admit I didn’t recognize Anne at first. Quelle surprise, our resident Park Ave wife has experimented with her hair! The soft waves are a nice departure from her poker straight locks, and my commentary on the rest of her outfit continues in the same vein. Wool skirt of appropriate length, and j’adore her swarovski bedazzled top. Almost as a substitute for her customary pearls, the stones (we’ll refrain from calling them rhinestones out of respect for Anne) are both understated and fun.

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A closeup of the neckline, because I love it that much.

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At Bass Industries’ holiday party, Anne continues to amaze. Dressed in a tweed black shift with an accent rosette at the neckline, I can’t find any fault with her sartorial choices. It’s the perfect soirees-are-more-important-than-my-embezzling-devious-husband outfit.

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The back of the dress, and Anne’s fabulous new hairstyle!

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Nate can’t seem to get enough of plaid. Here he is wearing a navy and red plaid shirt, which probably matches the dozen other plaid button-ups in his closet…and Rufus or Dan’s. He even wears this to the Lily’s holiday fête, and I’m surprised Anne didn’t comment on his lack of appropriate dress.

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Near the end of the episode, Nate changes into yet another plaid shirt. It’s so boring and repetitive I included a picture of his double-breasted camel coat instead. Because this is just miles better than his plaid shirt. If you’re really eager to see more of Nate’s plaid, you can check it out in the picture of the breakfast table.

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Usually the best dressed of all the characters – and the very epitome of a Fifth Avenue mother, Lily’s dress for the Post interview fell short. For goodness’ sakes, it looked as though she ran out of dresses and had her tailor pin together a tablecloth for a quick, oddly draped dress that doesn’t fit her at all.

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The necklace, only adds to the confusion. It actually looks like more of a tangled mess than anything – as though a three-year old went into her jewellery box and instead of untangling the pearls and pendants, Lily simply threw the whole mess on.

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Coming back from the draped disaster, Lily wears this gorgeous crimson red shift for Bass Industries’ holiday party. Not only is it appropriately festive, but the gathered pleats are just lovely.

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Although I do have to wonder how Lily’s ears can support the weight of those diamonds. I wonder if these are contenders for the Biggest Earrings on the Show. The contestants? Lily and Vanessa, of course. Except one while dons van Cleef & Arpels, the other wears flea-market jewellery.

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Afternoon judgment call? Check. Tousled, windblown hair with too much product? Check. Cashmere grey sweater? Check. Looks like Rufus’ got all the makings of a Brooklynite-turned-Upper-East-Sider.

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Much like his son, *yawn*. Not much to say about the black suit and olive green shirt – although his walking away from Lily near the end was heartbreaking.

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Being the supportive little brother that he is, Eric visits Serena at the Ostroff Centre and promises that there’ll be no “Aunt Carols in Miami”. A little confused on a few points –
1) why would Serena want people to know she’s in the Ostroff Centre?
2) why has she not brushed her hair? She’s beginning to resemble Jenny from the back
3) why is Eric wearing Nate’s jacket again? (see: Bethany’s Gaslit recap)
and 4) why is he borrowing Rufus’ plaid shirt and cardigan?
‘Tis a mystery, friends.

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A closer look at Eric’s ensemble. The tortoiseshell buttons make me even more convinced this is Nate’s jacket, and the plaid and cardigan need no further mention. Okay, I admit, I wanted to show this picture to give you guys a peek at Blair’s beret. The rose design is just stunning – and I’d like to point out that Chuck wears a pocket-rose-square later on.

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With his brown suit, plum shirt, and champagne flute, Little Eric looks all grown up. Not according to Lily, however, who decrees that “Somewhere between a Marlins jersey and the absolute truth, lies the better part of decorum. Becoming an adult is about learning the distinction”. Wise words, Mrs. Lily van der Woodsen-Bass-Humphrey.

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While in rehab, Serena seems content to forgo her sequins obsession for something more subdued. Here she is in a brown sweater, with subtle gold threading that I like to call grown-up sparkle. She’s going a bit too far with the monochromatic colors (is she trying to emulate Juliet?) of her pants and knee-high boots, but overall one of her better outfits. Excepting that necklace, of course.

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Total count of ostentatious too-large necklaces on the episode: 3. Is the costume department attempting to make the most of Vanessa’s absence by giving her jewellery to the other female characters? Serena’s necklace is another jumble of shells, silver rope, and I’m not really sure what else.

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Apologies for the blurry picture, but capturing dancing Serena is no easy task. The outfit was too gorgeous to pass up, however. We get another look into boarding-school-S, aka, sequin-wearing-unbrushed-hair-absinthe-drinking S. Take away the absinthe and you may have Serena of today. So yes, apparently Serena’s sequin obsession extended into her boarding school days. However, unlike her very last outfit, this one is sequins done right. The unbuttoned striped button-up and loosened tie is so very S, and the high-waisted linen shorts and patterned tights could have been borrowed from B’s closet.

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Writing this recap, I’ve come to realize exactly how much I miss Gossip Girl’s take on school uniforms. Ridiculous, yes, but they were oh-so-stunning. I had my doubts about this outfit at first (plaid, stripes, and tweed?), but Serena pulls it off as only she can with thick woollen tights, oxfords, and a loosened tie (of course).

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Serena’s boarding school outfits continue to amaze – they are a welcome respite from the sequins and macaron-baring skirts. The skirt pictured here, cranberry wool to my eye, looks to be in the same vein of barely-covering-her-macaron, but she pairs it with my favourite tights of the episode – grey and black houndstooth. Also noteworthy are her covetable navy bag and cranberry pennyloafers. But what is that blue polka-dotted thing around her neck? An odd necklace? An addition to her tie? A cravat?! Another mystery.

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Ok, we get it. Serena is an alien. There really is no other way to explain how she looked fabulous post-overdose, manages to not freeze despite being pants-less most of the time, and absolutely adorable with wet hair. Her coercion, however, was more petulant than adorable.

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After all the wonderfully preppy-slash-sequined goodness of her boarding school outfits, we get…this.
First, props to S for remembering to wear tights in this weather, and her olive coat has nice buttons. That knitted grey thing? It’s not a scarf, but a continuation of Serena’s rehab wear – a knitted heather grey shrug. See below for a picture. And that is where the passably-ok aspects of her outfit ends. Her cream top is burdened by a metallic-y breastplate that complements the olive coat – but not anything else. And of course Serena would think an itty-bitty sequined skirt that isn’t sure if it’s supposed to be gold or silver (it’s decided to be both! Hey, at least S chose Dan instead of flip-flopping between Dan and Nate) is appropriate for visiting her ex-teacher-slash-lover.

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A look at the knitted shrug – Serena’s rehab wear is so very cozy-looking.

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