'Gossip Girl' Star Tika Sumpter: The Show's Wardrobe 'Opened My World'
Imagine having racks stocked with Moschino, Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs and Chanel all at your fingertips, with the shoes, coats and bags to match. Such is the daily dreamland of Gossip Girl‘s new Upper East Side diva Raina Thorpe, a.k.a. actress Tika Sumpter, the latest star soaking up the on-set fashion fare. “The Gossip Girl wardrobe opened my world,” Sumpter tells Vogue Italia. “Pre-Gossp Girl, I dressed for comfort. It was kind of boho chic.” Now the former One Life to Live star says she’s picking up tips and tricks, especially when it comes to accessorizing. “Something as simple as a shoe or belt can lift your whole wardrobe,” she shares. “Learning about so many designers has been really exciting.” She’s also started to master the balance of pairing pricey items with the not-so-wallet-bending ones. “I’ve learned that everything doesn’t have to be high-end,” she says, though admitting, “I recently bought these Balenciaga trousers. I’m really into the flared leg right now.” While she splurges on other designers like Fendi, she also shops for dresses at Target and Anthropologie. “It’s about mixing and matching things and wearing what works best for you.” —Jessica Herndon