Meet Amanda, who is Dan with boobs. Ain’t she a sweetie pie? Cute waistcoat, loose tie, chic shoe-boots, long luscious hair like an Afghan hound (remember that hair, dear reader)...throw in a touch of plaid and some chilli and she’s practically a Humphrey!
Speaking of Humphreys...
I threw Dan and Nate in the same picture because that’s another cutie in danger of becoming a Humphrey. Messenger bag, sloppy tie, unbuttoned collar – oh Nate, where did the good go? Has Vanessa clipped your suit-wearing Vanderbilt wings?
Anyhoo, Amanda and Dan go off to STK, where she wears this plunging patterned dress. Amanda’s showing a touch too much cleavage for a first date, but the colours of her dress – hot pink, pale purple, black and splashes of yellow – are a lovely fusion of day and evening wear. I bet you could pair this dress with a jacket and leggings and it would still be pretty.
Dan wears an ill fitting jacket and shirt. The shirt is a bizarre shade of pale lavender (I mean, you’d remember it if you saw it again, right?)
Two separate nights, two separate light sources and still the same shirt, this time topped with a waistcoat; I loathe Dan’s waistcoats. They’re usually rumpled, and in any case should be used to dress up a casual shirt, not dress down a formal one.
Want to see a man who can wear a waistcoat, Dan?
Chuck’s plaid waistcoat matches the colour of his shirt, tie and jacket, and is therefore admissible (despite the fact that it is still plaid). Also...he’s Chuck Bass. Even Brooklynites know what that means.
Now, want to see a man who can wear purple, Dan?
It’s like Oscar de la Renta made love to the Easter Bunny. Effortlessly, the most metrosexual man on this show brings together a sharply cut violet suit and a lilac shirt with striped collar and placket. Chuck perfects this confection with a pink and cream paisley bowtie and still manages to look but mouth-watering and manly. Yum.
Nate too hits it out of the park this episode. See what he’s wearing? See? It’s...
IT’S NOT BLUE!
Ring out the bells! Call the president! Nate Archibald is wearing a black and red striped polo shirt and a Natefused expression, and he looks fantastic. Our blue-eyed boy has taken his first steps as a colour savvy man, and I feel so proud.
Now, back to business. Remember Amanda the Afghan’s glossy pelt? Someone got Nairtini’ed!
Such a shame, when she went to the trouble of picking out a nice geometrically printed strapless and matching her accessories. Farewell to thee, Amanda, short-lived love interest of Dan's who was secretly working for Chuck in a plot to sabotage Blair by annoying Serena in a plan too bizarre to fathom.