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When we think of Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester, we think of glitzy headbands, couture ball gowns, and major side-eye. Leighton's style is often compared to that of her on-screen alter ego, Blair Waldorf, but in reality this gal is totally down-to-earth!

“My friend says that before the show I dressed like a homeless person,” Leighton tells Lucky Magazine. “I used to buy everything at garage sales. It was hard to give up! I’d be like, ‘But this crazy sweater is amazing, and it only cost 25 cents!’”

Since Gossip Girl, Leighton has maintained her casual look, but she incorporates a few designer items here and there. “I’ve learned from Blair," she says. "Now I like to pepper in something designer with my usual stuff.”

Leighton looks picture perfect when she steps into Blair's Loubies, but off screen she tries to keep her appearance simple and makeup free. “I’ve stopped wearing makeup when I’m not working,” she explains. “For a while I thought I had dark circles and bad skin, and then I realized I was seeing myself that way because I didn’t recognize myself anymore without makeup. Now when I wear it, I think I look really weird!"

Please, Leighton never looks weird! Girlfriend would be gorgeous even if she was wearing a potato sack.

Source: Lucky Magazine

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