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Want to Channel 2010s Teen Show Fashion? You’re In the Right Place

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at NCSU chapter.

The late-2000s and early-2010s were a wild and wonderful time for fashion and teen TV shows. From Pretty Little Liars to 90210 to Gossip Girl to One Tree Hill, wild fashion choices for the female characters were the staple of these television shows. With the Y2K trend dying down, I can only imagine that the 2010s is the next era to make a comeback and what better way to plan then taking inspiration from some of the most iconic teen television shows of the time.

I am taking a look at these iconic shows and characters and showing how you can dress like these women, especially if you want to get ahead of the trends.

To start we have my personal favorite show Pretty Little Liars. This is not only my favorite show, but my favorite fashion to look at due to the diverse nature in styles of the characters. There is a little something for everyone, which I love. 

Spencer Hastings 

If you like business-chic, vintage, and preppy style, then Spencer Hastings is the perfect person to take inspo from. Her style is mostly full of collared shirts, vests, skirts, ties, hats and boots.

Aria Montgomery

Funky fashion and mismatching prints are some keywords I would use to describe Aria Montgomery’s style. She is known for her crazy jewelry, tights, unique pieces, and overall kitschy mismatching perfection.

Hanna Marin

It’s hard to say that there is just one fashionista in the group, but I would definitely say that Hanna Marin is the most convincing character to give the title to. Her style consists of mini skirts, blouses, chunky jewelry, dresses, heels, and purses.

Emily Fields

Want a more toned down feel? Then Emily Fields and her sporty style are perfect for you. While she does step out occasionally, Emily is known for her athleisure and street style that include tank tops, hoodies, leggings, denim, flannel, belts, and long sleeve tees.

Alison DiLaurentis

The queen bee of the group, Alison DiLaurentis, has a very similar style to Hanna Marin, but there are a few differences. Her style consists of jeans, boots, ruffled tops, jackets, and blouses.

Next, I have Gossip Girl, which is arguably the chicest and most expensive style show, but don’t let this discourage you! Looks from this show can easily be recreated using things you already have in your closet. 

Serena Van Der Woodsen

The it-girl of the Upper East Side is undoubtedly Serena Van Der Woodsen and her style exudes a chic mess who looks good without even trying. Her style consists of button downs, trousers, vests, flowy blouses, dresses, neutral tones, ties, jackets, sequins, knee high boots, and heels.

Blair Waldorf

The most fashionable girl in the Upper East Side is Serena’s best friend, Blair Waldorf. Her closet is meticulously curated to ensure that she is everyone’s fashion icon and she exudes preppy and proper. Her style can be characterized through tights, headbands, skirts, dresses, matching sets, plaid, tweed, bows, kitten heels and purses.

Jenny Humphrey

Want to break tradition? Then Jenny Humphrey is the perfect inspo for you. She started off as a Blair wannabe before taking a stark transition to a more emo and edgy style. To dress morel like Jenny you need lots of black, ripped tights, tank tops, longsleeve dresses, leather, ties, short dresses, and chokers.

Vanessa Abrams

The outsider in the Upper East Side is Vanessa Abrams, but her style is still very important to the show. Although she wasn’t from the Upper East Side, her style is indicative that although outwardly she doesn’t want to fit in, but on the inside she does. Her style consists of patterns, dresses, unique pieces, vintage, bright colors, vests, long jewelry, and shawls.

Finally, we have The Vampire Diaries, whose dark-centered tones match in the clothing choices of the characters. 

Elena Gilbert

Elena Gilbert is the mysterious girl in Mystic Falls who tends to keep to herself. Her style is extremely consist with little to no change. Her style includes leather jackets, dark pants, lacey tank tops, white t-shirts, long sleeve baby tees, and sneakers.

Caroline Forbes

The fashion icon of Mystic Falls is without a doubt Caroline Forbes. Take preppy southern belle and that’s Caroline and her style includes dresses, cardigans, florals, jean jackets, belts, and lacey dresses. 

Bonnie Bennett 

The iconic witch Bonnie Bennett had an everchanging style throughout the show that is a clear combination of both Elena and Caroline’s respective styles. Her own personal style can be characterized by flannels, leather, blouses, long jewelry, jackets, flowy skirts, tank tops, and boots.

There is something for everyone when it comes to 2010s teen show fashion, and these characters don’t even cover it all. If none of these characters style identified with you, take at look at characters from One Tree Hill, The OC, 90210, Teen Wolf, Gilmore Girls, or Glee. Taking inspiration from these characters are a surefire way to curate your own unique personal style and potewntiallyt be ahead of the resurgence of 2010s fashion.


Vest, Anthropologie, $138. Shirt, Stylists Own. Headband, Stylists Own. Pants, Stylists Own.


Shirt, Stylists Own. Jacket, Revolve, $200. Skirt, Anthropologie, $98.  


Shirt, Stylists Own. Jacket, LoveShackFancy x Gap, $125. Necklace, Stylists Own. Skirt, Stylists Own.


Flannel, Stylists Own. Top, Stylists Own. Pants, Models Own.


Top, Stylists Own. Jeans, Models Own


Top, Stylists Own. Jacket, Anthropologie, $158. Skirt, Boden, $98. Scarf, Stylists Own.


Dress, $148, by Anthropologie. Jacket, $158, by Anthropologie. Headband, Stylist’s Own, by Burberry. Necklace, Stylist’s Own.


Dress, Stylists Own, by Target. Sunglasses, Stylists Own.


Dress, $148, by Anthropologie. Vest, $128, by Anthropologie.


Top, Stylists Own. Jacket, $200, by Revolve. Stylists Own. Jeans, Models Own


Dress, Stylists Own. Cardigan, Stylists Own.


Flannel, Stylists Own. Top, Stylists Own. Pants, Stylists Own.

STYLISTS: Cameron Crews and Ava Stewart


MODELS: Jordan Campos, Tejal Chandhana, Isabelle Huller, Kripa Patel, Jordyn Jenks, Riley Hall, Paige Hill, Mahi Patel, Habeth Ortega, Brianna Anderson, Jada Strickland, and Nicole Harris

LOCATIONS: Dorothea Dix Park and Court of Carolinas

CLOTHES PROVIDED BY: Cameron Crews and Ava Stewart

Cameron Crews is the president of Her Campus at NC State. She is responsible for publishing all articles, leading meetings, encouraging all staff, and overseeing the entire chapter. This is her third year on Her Campus and her second year as President. Outside of Her Campus, Cameron was the Editor-in-Chief of her high school’s yearbook, which she helped lead to being awarded the best book in the entire state and honored at Columbia University’s scholastic journalism awards. She worked as an intern at Southpark Magazine in Charlotte, NC, where she edited articles, conducted interviews, and assisted the editors. In the Summer of 2023, she attended Regents University in London, England, where she took fashion classes from high players in the fashion industry who have worked with the likes of Andy Warhol, Alexander McQueen, Christian Siriano, and more. She also had the opportunity to interview Brendan Fraser immediately after he won his “Best Actor” Oscar at the 2023 Academy Awards. She is a junior at NC State University majoring in Communications with a minor in Journalism. After graduation, she hopes to move to New York, LA, Paris, or London and work in the fashion industry as either a fashion editor or celebrity stylist. Cameron was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, with her younger brother and dog, George Bailey. She enjoys shopping, watching movies, listening to music, writing, hanging out with friends, and traveling in her free time. She is a huge Taylor Swift and Harry Styles fan and has seen them both in concert multiple times. She is also a huge Timothee Chalamet aficionado and is a huge movie fan–with some of her favorites being Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood, Barbie, Lady Bird, the Breakfast Club, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.