Gossip Girl comes to its sure-to-be-super-dramatic conclusion tonight (*sob*), but we couldn't let the magic end without paying tribute to the breakout star of the show: Serena van der Woodsen's cleavage.
It wasn't always front and center: In season one (the best one), Serena favored cool, leggy shift dresses with lots of embellishment. But after confessing she once murdered a guy, Serena gave up trying to pretend she was some kind of goody-two shoes and embraced her darker side--and her cleavage.
Ever since then, SvdW's cleavage has been gracing our screens. From casual wear to her more formal outfits, Serena always found a way to show off the girls. It's actually really impressive on the part of costume designer Eric Daman: Who knew there were so many cleavage-baring clothes out there?
In the (creepy) words of Joe Simpson, "You can't cover those suckers up!" So join us, won't you, for this review of the many, many ways S found to reveal her cleavage.
For the first two seasons, the show was (theoretically) about kids in private school with a uniform, but hey, that's just detail. Serena played fast and loose with the dress code at Constance, and continued the trend even as she toured Yale, met with the dean of admissions/sabotaged Blair, and went to classes at Columbia.
Even Upper East Siders take a day off, but Serena's cleavage was never off duty. Her favorite casual wear usually involved a low-cut tank or flowy dress.
Just as every one of Serena's outfits revolved around her cleavage, every episode of Gossip Girl revolved around some Big Event, usually a party. Bonus points for cleavage that is sure to distract from the sweater embedded with Damien Dalgaard's pills!
Sometimes, Serena had a job. (Sometimes she even held it down for more than one episode!) Most employers would say "nay" to cleavage at the workplace; fortunately, Serena covered hers in necklaces and threw on a blazer! Totes appropriate!
Whether she was playing Marilyn to Blair's Audrey, ruining her 1920s themed party, or hijacking her mom's fashion show, cleavage was most-definitely involved (we have to imagine it really pissed off Blair).
Serena scoffs at your stuffy ideas that cleavage should be put away for family events. Your grandmother's birthday bash? Check. Thanksgiving dinner? Oh, you betcha. Meeting your long-absent father for breakfast? Absolutely!
Luckily, Serena's mom has been married loads of times, which created plenty of opportunities for her to get out the girls. And Blair surprisingly didn't pull rank on her blush-pink maid of honor dress, which despite a sheer overlay, still manages to show off.
Cold Weather Cleavage
At first glance, it might appear Serena is bundled up. Wrong! Take a closer look: She snuck it in there.
The only thing Serena did better than cleavage was statement necklaces. Like icing on the cake, really.
What could be more Parisian that cleavage?* Serena and Blair took a trip to the City of Lights at the beginning of season 4 and she did not forget to pack a single one of her breast-baring ensembles.
*Lots of things.
Prom, Cotillion, opera at Lincoln Center--all perfectly good reasons to put on your best gladrags, preferably those that are super-lacy and cut down-to-there.
We aren't even sure how to describe these boob-baring contraptions. But hey, they look great!