In the age of every aspect of celebrities’ images being handled for them, Blake Lively is unique in the fact that she doesn’t use a stylist. But, before she was a household name she was unique for another reason when it came to her style: She used to wear Forever 21 to red carpets. If that piece of information comes as a surprise, that may be because Lively used to lie about it, as she recently revealed in an interview with The Handmaid’s Tale actress Sydney Sweeney.
Apparently, she wouldn’t tell people that she was wearing Forever 21; she’d just say that she was wearing “vintage.” “I wore Forever 21 much longer than I admitted. I just started saying it was vintage because I was so shamed for it,” Lively told Sweeney for InStyle. “For me, fashion is a form of self-expression. It also really takes me out of my comfort zone. One of the reasons I’m an actor is that I’m naturally very shy, so it’s liberating to dress up and pretend to be someone else.”
Serena van der Woodsen would never. Relatedly, Lively also talked about how her red carpet style changes depending on which character she’s promoting. Most recently that included going on a shopping spree for suits, which she exclusively wore while hitting the red carpet for A Simple Favor. “The only way that I feel comfortable doing red carpets and interviews is when I adopt the same thing that I do when I’m acting, which is to play a character,” she said. “So when I’m going to a premiere, I think, who is that character? And I step into that. I still get knots in my stomach before red carpets. You just want to represent yourself properly, so that’s why I chose to style myself.”
Even though she might still have nerves about posing on the red carpet, she’s much more confident in her outfit-choosing ability, as she recently joked when trolling a commentator who criticized her suits on Instagram. When the critic wrote, “I say this with so much love and respect for you babe, please hire a stylist or fire the one you’re currently with,” Lively fired back, “”Thank you for the tips, sir. Alas, I’ve tried to fire @blakelively so many times. But that b—- just keeps coming back. She won’t leave me alone.” You can change the clothes but you can’t change the girl.
Blonde Bombshell Blake Lively Has Epic Hair, and She Knows It
At the 2005 Nickelodeon’s 18th Annual Kids Choice Awards, a young Blake Lively wore her golden blonde curls with a turquoise blue eyeliner.
Wearing her long natural waves with a tinted coral lip, Lively looked like a California babe at the CW Network Upfront.
Wearing her long mermaid waves with a hint of blush on her cheeks, Lively attended the VIVA LA CURE Benefiting for EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund in 2007.
Wild, tousled curls with a soft shimmery, smoky eye was the look at the US Weekly’s Hot Hollywood Issue Celebration.
Attending the premiere of Sherlock Holmes, Lively wore her hair in voluminous curls with a satin nude lip.
Wearing a simple, elegant up do with glossy, natural lip, Lively attended the The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee premiere.
Sporting a sleek, braid high pony with luminous skin, Lively tried out a new look at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards.
Wearing a sleek low bun with a taupe smoky eye, Lively attended the Spike TV’s “Scream 2010” event.
With red mermaid waves and a natural lip, Lively went glam at the TIME 100 Gala in 2011.
Channeling old Hollywood glamour with voluminous waves, a sleek cat eye and a red lip, Lively hit the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of Savages.
At the 2013 Costume Institute Gala, Lively wore her hair in a sleek, high pony with a subtle smoky eye and a light pink lip.
Wearing her golden blonde curls softly tousled with a silk headband, Lively looked retro at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.
At the 2014 Costume Institute Gala, Lively paired her polished curls with a berry pink lip.
At the 2016 Costume Institute Gala, Lively wore her hair in a voluminous up do with a bold, satin red lip.
Radiating at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Lively opts for a sleek, knotted up do with a copper smokey eye and pale pink lip.
Wearing her signature bombshell waves in a tousled half up do with loose curls framing her face, Lively attends the Michael Kors Collection Fall 2017 runway show.
Wearing a sleek, high pony and sun-kissed skin with a nude lip, Lively hit the red carpet at the 2017 Costume Institute Gala.
Debuting her latest do yet, Lively steps out at the All I See Is You L.A. screening in a pinned up faux bob that she effortlessly paired with a matte red lip.
Blake Lively attends the ‘Final Portrait’ New York screening at Guggenheim Museum on March 22, 2018 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Blake Lively attends the premiere for “A Quiet Place” at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on April 2, 2018 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Actress Blake Lively poses for a picture during the “Deadpool 2” New York Screening at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on May 14, 2018 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Blake Lively poses outside the Crosby Hotel on August 18, 2018 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.