We were blessed in two ways this week. Quinn, Santana and Brittany are still off the Cheerios, which meant we got to see more of their own personal looks. Also, since Rachel was trying to stage a comeback there was a heavy focus on fashion this week. Because who’s the trendiest girl in America? Brittany, that’s who.

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So wrong it’s right, right? Rachel paid Brittany to make one of her looks popular, and they wisely thought legwarmers would catch on more easily than pony sweaters. Though I have to ask, have we seen Rachel in legwarmers before? I didn’t consider that one of her signature looks. Anyway, poor Brittany mistakenly thought it was summer (no one ever told her how to read a calendar) and wore a tank top, so she wore the legwarmers on her arms instead. My question is, why was she wearing that hat if she thought it was summer?

Whatevs. The point is, Brittany looks totally wacky and I love it. I think I’m going to start wearing armwarmers too. Along with this red hat, if I can find one.

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Amazing! Brittany really is the trendiest girl in America! Since the legwarmers didn’t work out, Rachel had Brittany don a classic Kids ‘R’ Us look. And I have to say, I’m kind of digging it.

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Cute, right? No wonder it caught on.

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Of course, a carousel horse sweater is totally different than a reindeer sweater. Don’t even try to compare them.

 

One person who didn’t fall victim to Brittany’s trendsetting ways was Mercedes. She stayed true to herself, piling on bright colors and animal prints as usual.

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Here she is with the gang. Zebra pants and a pink leopard print top? Sure! Why not?  Don’t try this at home, though, kids. That look can’t be pulled off by just anyone. Quinn and Santana look pretty cute too. Declaring her diva-off with Rachel was a different story, though.

 

Oh, honey, no. The lumberjack look wasn’t until the final performance of the night, so why channel it sooner than you have to? That ugly plaid vest is not doing that boring white T-shirt any favors. I like Rachel’s plaid skirt there, but her navy shirt is kind of blah, no? It’s more “snooty professional golfer” than “sexy schoolgirl librarian chic”.

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Thankfully, both divas rocked their signature looks for the actual diva-off. Not only were they singing one of my favourite songs from Rent, but they looked smokin’ while doing it.

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Say what you want about the psychological reasons behind Rachel’s tendency to dress like a preppy toddler, but I really like the pairing of that sweater and skirt. As for Mercedes, I like the metallic accents on her top and she seems to be wearing a giant ring on her finger, which I’m always a fan of. And doesn’t her hair look great here?

 

Not all the girls in New Directions have as distinct styles as Brittany, Rachel and Mercedes, though. First, let’s talk about Lauren.

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I’ve been trying to get on board with the Lauren character. I really have. But they’re not making it easy by putting her in outfits like that. This is a 1980s nightmare! An ugly tiered cocktail dress over an off the shoulder top, and paired with extra high Converse sneakers? Her wrestling uniform looked more flattering and put together.  And for the love of Gucci, can someone get that girl new glasses? My grandmother called,  she wants her frames from 1991 back.

 

Only slightly less horrific was Santana’s lesbian biker look.

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Santana gets an A+ for the slammin’ cleavage, but a D for the 1994-esque pairing of a floral mini-dress with a leather jacket. Actually, hold the phone – the fringed back takes her down to a D-.

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Meanwhile, Quinn seems to be suffering from a case of fashion Jekyll and Hyde. Maybe it’s because she was having trouble choosing between Sam and Finn, but this week she also seemed to have a hard time choosing between adorable and dowdy.  

Take this look. Yeah, her hat kind of makes her look like Cindy Lou Who, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. It’s endearing.

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And look at her pair that hat with this gorgeous coat and scarf. Beautiful.

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But then she’s also been wearing stuff like this lately.

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The armwarmers I can allow, because they’re totally all the rage. I myself am wearing some right now. The scarf is also great. And the dress would be fantastic, if it wasn’t February in Ohio. No, the real problem here is footwear.

What is up with Quinn wearing flowy skirts and dresses with ankle boots lately? Is she auditioning for a reboot of Little House on the Prairie? This is completely unacceptable, and forces me to come to the conclusion that Quinn with Sam is delightful, but Quinn with Finn is awful. Can someone intervene and get her some new shoes? Ballet flats, cowboy boots, sandals, I don’t care. Anything would look better than what appears to be hiking boots and wool socks.

 

By the end of the episode most of the girls were donning the classic Rachel Berry look, but I still think Rachel was doing it best.

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Look, she’s not even wearing tights! This sweater/skirt combo is all kinds of adorable, and it’s the kind of outfit that makes me think Rachel could one day grow up to have a wardrobe to rival Emma Pillsbury’s. After all, if you drop the “sexy schoolgirl” part of Rachel’s look, you pretty much describe Emma with “librarian chic.”

 

The final performance, coordinated by Sue Sylvester, featured all the kids dressed as lumberjacks.

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This was obviously all part of Sue’s evil plan to take down New Directions. Signing on as the coach for Aural Intensity wasn’t enough; she also had to sabotage Will and the glee kids. That meant selling them on an underwhelming anthem for Regionals, and getting them all to dress like lumberjacks.

So much plaid! So many hats! And not cute ones like before, either. And the combination of Quinn’s ugly boots and Rachel’s legwarmers just isn’t doing it for me.  I don’t know if performing an original song will help New Directions win Regionals, but as long as whatever Rachel pens calls for a better wardrobe than plaid flannel, I’m all for it.