Credit: Giovanni Rufino/The CW ©2010 The CW Network Photo: Serena at Columbia in Episode 4.6, "Easy J"
Serena’s first days at Columbia haven’t exactly been treating her well. From rumors about her promiscuity to a thwarted attempt to implicate her in a faculty sex scandal, it seems that just about everyone is out to get her. And now it looks like even her new boy toy Colin may be in on the action. Oh well, at least she looks good! The mismatched prints she wore in “Easy J” could have easily gone the Vanessa Abrams route, but with a simple brown color palette, the two fabrics (beetles! lace!) look strikingly refined. Add a grommeted vest and you’ve got a look that we definitely want to copy. If you’re sold as well, then look below for an affordable way to achieve Serena’s no-nonsense style.

Snag Serena’s cool campus look:
Start with a silky top in a fun print... Josephine Silk Racerback Tank, $77; ... And toughen it up with a black denim vest. Levi's Grommet Denim Vest, $44; Tuck your blousy tank into a paneled skirt to keep your silhouette long and lean. Forever21 Ribbon Skirt, $29; Slip into a pair of these cozy crew socks for boys... Dockers Tipped 3-Pack Metro Crew Socks, $15; ... And take a walk in these low-key booties. Deena & Ozzy Side-Buckle Bootie, $68; Make a statement with a bulleted bauble. Cheap Monday Bullet Bracelet, $20