Episode Synopsis: Man, the Liars are not having a good week! Spencer is the main suspect in that whole Alison murder thing - no big deal, right? While she and Toby are getting cozy under the guise of "comforting" each other, Hanna and Caleb are playing house and loving it. That is, until Hanna discovers Caleb was a spy under the employ of Jenna who has now bumped up from "Revenge Seeking Miscreant" to "Melrose Place Super Villain." The Montgomery parents finally admit their secret love affair to Aria and Mike. Unfortunately for the kids, Byron and Ella are still working through their complicated past, giving Mike a chance to show his angry face. But all is not sour in Rosewood as Emily and Paige ride their on again/off again relationship into makeout town. Oh, and Ian drinks things with a menacing look on his face. Seriously, how do authority figures not find him suspicious?
First, I think I should start with a confession: I, like most other fans of the show, am in love with Aria. Maybe it's her doe-eyes, maybe it's her ability to throw on basically anything and make it look good or maybe it's because she's fulfilling a longstanding fantasy to have a torrid affair with a handsome English teacher - regardless of these facts, she's so adorable my cheeks hurt.
I love this knit vest she's wearing, and pairing it with a plaid skirt is so university chic. Aria's personal style definitely borders more on the cute side of fashion but she adds little punk rock touches like the buttons to make a statement. I haven't decided if that statement is helping her to assert her independence or tone down the sexy, but either way it works for me!
Aria's corset inspired top here seems a little out of character for her day-to-day school wear, but later she does wear it with a strong black blazer. If only she was as wise with life decisions as she is with her wardrobe. In the scene where she begins to pack up any memento of her courtship with Ezra, Aria leaves behind the novel with a loving and sentimental note from Ezra inside. Right. You know, when I'm trying to conceal an illicit affair that could ruin both people involved, I wouldn't consider a novel weighted down with emotional baggage as solid evidence. No, better hide the plastic spoon; I mean, it's like I want to get caught...
Spencer really disappointed me this week. Normally, Spencer's outfits are my favourite because I find them very subdued but appealing, but this week it was like she replaced "subdued" with "plain"; and "appealing" with "just stop the nonsense now". Sure this sweater is cute but it just doesn't have the same flair I've come to expect. Everybody loves an elbow patch, but I think it's the chain of children holding hands around the neck of the sweater that's a little too Village of the Damned for me.
Hey, Santann- oh sorry. Hey, Hanna! Does anyone else find Hanna varies from 1980s business casual to LA glam scene and that's it? It looks like she either has a business meeting with investors or she's about to take the stage at The Viper Room.
Now, I'm not one to judge...(hold for laughter)...but I do believe I've seen this blazer before on Glee's Santanna; and tweeted about it to our Glee editor, L-A. I could be wrong but you rarely forget a red and black blazer with leather elbow and shoulder patches. My question to you is, who wore it better? Hanna or Santanna? Leave a comment!
Bonus! How embarrassed would you be if you wore the same, if not incredibly similar, blazer the same day as Hanna Marin did? I would die. Die, die, die. I imagined a Mean Girls-esque showdown between Hanna and the chick in the background and if her altercation with Jenna is any indication, I don't want to mess with that girl.
Check out that sweet polish on Hanna's nails, while covertly opening Caleb's locker. I love it!
In case you didn't get the Viper Room reference, or if you thought it was just not funny, this outfit exemplifies Hanna's glam rock style. Sequins, flowing golden hair and a short but tough jacket to round out the look.
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I wish I could have taken a clearer shot with Hanna's face but I wanted to put these boots in because they're awesome. Perhaps a little impractical for high school but who's going to mess with Hanna Marin? Hmm? Jenna?
Speak of the manipulative wench, here's Jenna! I was kind of shocked that colour seems to have finally maintained its presence in Jenna's closet. If she wasn't such a self righteous trouble maker, I would say that this floral top and woven belt is a great look for her. But I hate her, so I won't.
What happens when you mix one part Jenna's face with five parts of Hanna's hand? This face. Jenna's back in black and might be sporting an eye to match. That belt, however? Excellent choice. It's elegant enough that you can wear it as the focal point with an all black ensemble, but I'd really love to see Spencer or Hanna experiment with it.
Spencer and Toby have taken their relationship to the next level: sharing intimate life moments in front of a fire while "Sea of Love" by Cat Power plays in the background. Yep, no sexual tension here. None at all. This was the standout Spencer outfit for me this week and I think it has a lot to do with her knee socks matching her skirt.
Toby is wearing his usual high school guy uniform of an open shirt with a graphic tee underneath; and underneath that graphic tee are rippling muscles the likes of which you've never seen before. At least we'll always have the motel, Toby.
Apparently being a person of interest is not indicative of your clothing choices. I could be fine with what Spencer is wearing except I hate the skirt and really dislike the hat. That pains me to say because I love hats but remember when Spencer found a shirtless Jason DiLaurentis running a few weeks ago? Now that was a hat. This kind of looks like Holly Hobby went back in time and really took to the early 70s. Printed skirts - I just can't accept them.
I did not cap this for what Spencer is wearing, I was just struck by her chaise. Personally, I think we should go back to calling them fainting couches because it sounds more ladylike. Does Spencer have this couch because she is without a window seat in her bedroom?
Nothing says stable and not guilty like a late night run, Spence.
"Hey officer! No I'm not running away, I'm just jogging off some stress! OMG u think I killd Ally?! LOL!" (I know she doesn't talk like that, but her face in this photo just makes me think otherwise)
Here Editor Kate's pick for standout outfit of the week. We may disagree over this, because my fav outfit was not worn by one of the PLL girls...but you'll have to check out Part Two for that. Although, I have to say, that is one killer cardigan. Get it? "Killer" cardigan?! OK, I'll stop.