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The Best Looks from Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (and Where to Buy Them)

It’s here and I am happy. Like many of you, I’ve been waiting for a fresh hit of Gilmore Girls since May of 2007, so it was with tears in my eyes and chills on my arms that at 12:01 a.m. last Friday I logged into Netflix and dove headfirst back into the world of Stars Hollow (Stars, Stars Hollow!). I consumed the first two episodes in one go, slept a bit, went to work and then returned home to binge-watch the final two episodes.

With this first viewing, it was all about plot, plot, plot. I wanted to know how the story would ostensibly end and how we would get there in seven short hours. I did, however, immediately fixate on a few choice wardrobe items—most notably Lorelai’s wildcat-print shirtdress in “Winter” and her lace-up crepe blouse in “Summer.” I’ve always been more drawn to Lorelai’s style over Rory’s (who doesn’t love a chic wrap dress in a fun print?) and this series proved to be no exception. Don’t get me wrong, Rory had a few stand-out sartorial moments, but it took a second watch for me to notice them.

After making a list of my six favorite looks from the reboot, I tracked down the designers (thanks for the help, Worn on TV) in the hope of adding some modern GG style to my wardrobe. Of course, since this was shot awhile ago, most of the pieces from show are no longer available—so I spent the last couple of days shopping around to approximate each look (at a significantly lower price point, in most cases).

Behold: the ultimate guide to making the style of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life yours. Happy watching and happy shopping!

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Rory Black and White Lace DressWell, would you look at that: Rory’s a Self-Portrait girl! After all, who can resist that beautiful guipure lace (and I bet Logan likes the romance of this look, so that’s an obvious plus).

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: Bloomingdale’s // ASOS // Boohoo // Adelyn Rae

rory-lace-dressGilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Lorelai Animal Print Shirtdress Stella McCartney
As I mentioned above, this wildcat-print dress by Stella McCartney was probably my favorite piece from the reboot, so even though the original is sold out online, I was thrilled to find a lot of great stand-ins.

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: Ann Taylor // J.Crew // Ann Taylor // H&M

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Lorelai Sequin Patch Sweater Marc JacobsThis sequin-spangled patch sweater by Marc Jacobs was a piece I recognized right away, since I wrote the Nordstrom copy for this collection a few months ago! I love the playful Americana charm of this style, and I think it fits in beautifully behind the front desk of The Dragonfly.

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: Zara // Oh!MG // Guess // Zara

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Rory Dot Print Silk Shirtdress FrameAnother shout-out for my lovely place of work: this dotted silk Frame dress appears to have been sold as a Nordstrom Exclusive. That means that one of Brenda Maben’s assistants picked up this dress from a Nordstrom store, making me only a couple degrees of separation from Rory Gilmore herself.

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: Topshop // ASOS // Frame // Reformation

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Rory Lucky Red Dress Full Skirt AnthropologieRed dress, full skirt. Here’s hoping the styles below will bring us more good luck than Rory’s linen shirtdress from Anthropologie brought her.

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: Tomas Maier // Reformation // ASOS // ModCloth

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Lorelai Lace-Up Silk Blouse Derek Lam
Lorelai rocks the Boss Lady look in this breezy blouse topped with an oversized take on the trendy lace-up neckline. Snag a lookalike style below to spruce up your work wardrobe, too.

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: 3.1 Phillip Lim // Kensie // Animale // MICHAEL Michael Kors