We can’t say we’re not surprised by the abundance of sparkly pieces on the season premiere of Gossip Girl earlier last week. After all, half the episode took place in Paris, and they don’t call it the City of Light for nothing. In this episode, Blair and Serena twinkled their way up and down the Seine, and even Georgina took up the torch stateside. (Perhaps an allusion to where she's headed now that she's ditched Milo and Dan?) Here, we break down all that glittered in the season premiere. What, you don’t have the bankroll to go jetting off to Paris on a whim? Not to worry, we’ve got budget-friendly version that’ll have you sparkling in no time.

Serena’s Cagey Couture
Credit: Giovanni Rufino/The CW ©2010 The CW Network Photo: Blair and Serena in Paris in Episode 4.1, "Belles de Jour"

There's a whole lot going on with this outfit, but all of the elements combine to create a look that seems quintessentially Parisian. Even though this was a daytime look, the sparkles help to add that extra something to an already interesting dress. Try on a less elaborate take on the cream and sparkle template with this Yumi dress for $30.33.


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Blair’s Black and Bling
Credit: Giovanni Rufino/The CW ©2010 The CW Network Photo: Blair Gets Moody in Episode 4.1, "Belles de Jour"

When Blair knows what she wants, she almost always gets it. So when she suspected that she had a dinner date with royalty, she put her best foot forward with a black dress with a generous smattering of shine throughout. She might have had expensive diamonds and other bling on the brain, but you can try something like it for just $49.99.


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Georgina’s Glittery Top

As Georgina admitted to Lily, she has a flair for the dramatic, so even a simple top to go with dark pants became bedazzled at the neckline with asymmetrical sleeves. Try on something like it for $29.80 from Forever21.

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