We don’t know about you, but we thought Serena looked adorable all bundled up as she showed her cousin Charlie the joys of the Upper East Side in last week’s “The Kids Stay in the Picture.”  The two van der cousins are all about the chunky sweaters and baggy wool coats, both of which dominated the runways for fall and winter. Even Vanessa is on board with the trend, sporting a large, funky cardigan for her cameos this week

Credit: Giovanni Rufino ©2011 The CW Photo: Gossip Girl Trend Watch: Chunky Sweaters

The bulkier knits are appropriate when the chill of winter abates and the warmth of spring has yet to fully kick in, so ditch the jacket and embrace the chunky sweater as the over-layer du jour.

And if you don’t already have several in your closet, sweaters are on deep discount as stores clear out winter merchandise. We’re partial to the button-up style (like Serena’s) or the open-seamed variety (like Charlie’s), but pullovers are also appealing. Here are a few affordable options to get you started:

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Love GG style? Watch the master (costume designer Eric Daman) at work: