'Gilmore Girls': 19 Summer Outfits We're Stealing From Rory Gilmore

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Early aughts fashion is officially back! And while many are turning to celebs like Paris Hilton for inspo, we have another style icon in mind: Rory Gilmore.

Rory Gilmore definitely tried out *a lot* of different styles over seven seasons of Gilmore Girls (we’re still pretending A Year in the Life didn’t actually happen). And yes, her outfits can be a bit hit or miss. But some of her summer outfits, in particular her dresses, were super cute!

Rory knew how to pull off a floral wrap dress with a little cardigan or cute button-up blouse.

Perhaps her most memorable outfits include her iconic red polka dot dress she wore to the dance marathon or that gorgeous baby blue strapless gown she wore at the Life & Death Brigade’s weekend away.

If you’re ready to channel your inner Rory Gilmore this summer, check out some of her best outfits below and how to recreate them.

1. Her Red Shirtdress

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Rory Gilmore rocked this super cute red shirtdress in A Year in the Life and it’s basically the perfect summer work uniform.

2. This Sweater Vest

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If you pay attention to fashion trends, you probably already know that sweater vests and tanks are back in a big way. Rory Gilmore paired hers with a button-up black mini skirt.

3. This Navy Polka Dot Dress

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Totally digging this navy polka dot faux wrap dress that Rory Gilmore wore in A Year in the Life.

4. Her Dance Marathon Dress

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We’re kicking it back to a classic with Rory Gilmore’s red polka dot shirtdress that she wore to the dance marathon.

5.  Her Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer Dress

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Remember when Rory Gilmore got all dressed up just to see Jess at the End of Summer Madness Festival only to see him macking on another chick? We’re totally digging this maroon sheer mesh babydoll dress she rocked (and yes, sheer dresses is another early aughts trend that’s 100% back).

6. Her Striped Halter

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Ah, the classic Gilmore Girls photo shoots! In this one, Rory Gilmore rocked a brown striped tank.

7. Her Reading Is Sexy Tee

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Rory Gilmore is right: reading is sexy! Lucky for us, many brands have recreated the exact tee Rory rocked so you can have it for yourself.

8. Her Pink Floral Button-Up

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Oh, Rory! How could you? Rory Gilmore wore this super pretty blouse while getting a very-public tongue-lashing from Lindsay’s mom after she had discovered Dean cheated on Lindsay with Rory.

9. These Denim Overalls

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If you’re going to build houses for Habitat for Humanity then obviously you *have* to wear denim overalls, right? At least, that’s what Rory Gilmore taught us.

10. This White and Black Lace Dress

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Ok, don’t freak out but we actually found *the exact* dress Rory Gilmore wore in the “Summer” episode of A Year in the Life. It’s a Self-Portrait Lace Dress and you can get it below.

11. Her Yellow Floral Midi Dress

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We’re really digging this all-grown-up version of Rory Gilmore in a pretty yellow floral dress.

12. Her Stripe Polo Tee

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Rory Gilmore was trying *so* hard to end her affair with Dean — unsuccessfully, might we add. But at least she looked cute doing it in this classic early aughts striped short-sleeve polo.

13. This Pretty Daisy Dress

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This super-sweet daisy-print button-up dress was the perfect outfit to wear to Friday Night Dinner.

14. Her White Floral Dress

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Rory Gilmore may have been a total jerk in  A Year in the Life but at least she had cute outfits like this one, right?

15. Her ‘You Jump, I Jump Jack’

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How could we forget Rory Gilmore’smiconic powder blue ball gown? Rory wore the dress to the Life & Death Brigade’s surprise event: jumping off a platform with umbrellas!

16. Her ‘But I’m a Gilmore Dress’

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Let’s be real: it didn’t matter how cute Rory Gilmore looked in this periwinkle pleated dress, Logan’s family was never going to approve of the match.

17. Her Poolside Look

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Who knew bucket hats would make a comeback all these years later? Rory Gilmore paired hers with a pink printed button-up and distressed white jeans.

18. Her Leaf-Print Shirt Dress

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Rory Gilmore does love a good shirtdress, doesn’t she? She wore this navy, leaf-print one to a Friday Night Dinner with Emily and Richard.

19. Her ‘I Just Cheated With Dean’ Dress

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Caught in the act! Who could forget the pretty v-neck pink floral tiered dress Rory Gilmore wore when Lorelai caught her cheating with Dean?

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Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her hanging out with her tuxedo cat Tom.