Man of Style: Penn Badgley

Penn Badgley
Photo: Thomas Whiteside

Man of Style: Penn Badgley

01 of 03

Penn Badgley

Penn Badgley
Thomas Whiteside

Has the style on Gossip Girl educated you about fashion?

It's made me realize that taking care of your appearance is a good thing. Spending over $100 on a pair of jeans is not crazy, because if they look good and you wear them a lot, it's worth it.

Do you take anyone with you?
Blake is largely responsible for every nice thing I have. She's got great taste.

What do you like that she wears?
Just about everything. But when a girl can wear a loose white V-neck, jeans, flats and a ponytail, be confident, and make that look good, it's the sexiest thing.

02 of 03

Penn Badgley

Penn Badgley
Thomas Whiteside

Is there something you wouldn't be caught dead in?

I can't rock hats at all. I don't know how guys pull them off, but if I put one on, I'm like, Why is this on my head?

Ever make any fashion blunders?
Well, I met John Galliano recently at an event in his honor but had no idea who he was. He looked like a fantastic pirate in a leather vest with no shirt on and a tall top hat. We were introduced, and I said, "I'm sorry, what's your name?" And he's like, "John." Blake thought it was hilarious.

03 of 03

Penn Badgley

Penn Badgley
Thomas Whiteside

Do you collect anything?

Vinyl. I grew up listening to soul music, hip-hop, RampB, and jazz funk and am verging on 300 records, 200 of which are all old jazz reissues or first pressings.

And now you're writing music too. I am. My dream is to play live shows with a small orchestra—strings, horns, an organ. I'd play keyboards and guitar and sing. But I wouldn't be the frontman.

Have you written a song for Blake?
Yeah. The best gift I've ever given was a song I wrote.

Is that the most amazing feeling?
You know, she seemed to like it.

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