It may sound odd to say that a TV show brought about a love of lingerie. Especially a drama about spoiled New York City teenagers’ involved sexual escapades (although this description may not sound like it, I do like the show a lot).
I watched Gossip Girl because I myself was a senior in high school going to a private all-girls school in New York City. Not watching Gossip Girl would have been missing a key cultural zeitgeist and a chance to laugh at all the things that didn’t resemble my life. Truth is, I love the first half of the first season of the show– there was a weird amount of truth in there.From there it went entirely haywire and I stopped being invested in it. But my love of lingerie just grew stronger.
If you don’t watch the show, or you don’t love lingerie, you might not realize how big a part it plays in the costumes of the first season. The two central female characters, Blair and Serena, both wore lingerie and loungewear so much and so beautifully that it made a deep impression on me.
Up until then, the only lingerie I knew about was Victoria’s Secret– a place I considered both slightly intimidating and rather exaggerated in its overt sexuality. Gossip Girl was really my first introduction to loungewear and the concept that what you wore underneath your clothes could be as beautiful as the clothes themselves.
Sometimes, lingerie is worn for men– but mostly to ill effects, as Blair continuously tries to prepare to sleep with her boyfriend Nate and yet it always seems to go wrong. More often than not, it seems to be simply the natural representation of someone who loves luxury and beauty and has almost unlimited means to acquire them.
In one episode, Blair visits a burlesque club after some absurdly complicated emotional turmoil (if you watch or watched the show you’ll know what I’m talking about– if not, watch it or simply imagine). Feeling tired of her “good girl” image, she’s goes up on stage and sheds her dress– revealing a gorgeous slip underneath. The motion was a classic one of liberation– casting off of the old, etc. But the fact that she was wearing a slip underneath was a surprising and enjoyable touch; even as the dress goes, she is still impeccably turned out and gives off her classic, retro air.
Funnily enough, I actually bought two lingerie pieces that I saw in the show as two of my first lingerie purchases. One was a Victoria’s Secret teddy and the other an Elle Macpherson Coranto bra, both of which I still adore (although the bra is now too small).
It actually took me a while to pin down that this was the exact catalyst that sent me tumbling down the path of lingerie obsession that I am on now. I know some of you must have your own “how I found lingerie” stories– I feel like so often it is about finding the right fit or exploring your sexuality. To me, I saw this magical idea of beauty, detail and luxury that just felt like perfection and I just wanted to dive right into it. So that’s what I’ve been trying to do.