Perhaps no other show was more influential to early aughts fashion than Gossip Girl. And like most millennials, The Handmaid’s Tale actress Sydney Sweeney tuned in week after week to see the parade of boho meets Upper East Side princess looks worn by Blake Lively a.k.a. Serena van der Woodsen.
And now that Sweeney has become one to watch in the style department herself, it’s no surprise that she still looks to Lively for inspo, especially when it’s time for her to hit the red carpet. “Since Gossip Girl has ended, it’s been so cool to watch how Blake’s style has evolved with red carpet fashion and street style too,” says Sweeney. “I love how she’s always switching it up — one day she is bold, the next day she is elegant, and she wears everything with so much confidence.”
Sweeney, who stars opposite Zendaya in the upcoming HBO series, Euphoria, as well as Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, out July 26, says she also admires Lively for opting not to use a stylist. “I’m still trying to find my style and there are always so many opinions that go in your ear when you’re starting out,” she says. “You just want to figure out what works best on you, and I love that she doesn’t use a stylist and yet she was still able to do that.”
So for InStyle’s May issue, we connected Sweeney with Lively, her ultimate fashion icon, to talk shop. On the agenda? Red carpet regrets, the person they trust most for an honest outfit opinion, and why you should always channel J.Lo when you want to look fierce.
Keep scrolling for the full conversation. And for more stories like this, pick up the May issue of InStyle, available on newsstands, on Amazon, and for digital download now.
Sydney Sweeney: Blake, I’m such a big fan of yours.
Blake Lively: I’m a fan of yours! You’re so great in The Handmaid’s Tale.
SS: Thanks! Well, I’ve loved all of your red carpet looks over the years, especially the dresses you’ve worn to Cannes, like that beautiful black and white Gucci gown [below]. How long does it usually take for you to pick out a dress for an event?