Part 1 of 2: Trucks are lorries, sweaters are jumpers.
The A-team had their hands full this week, between Spencer jetting off to London (oh to be a Hastings), Aria’s near-death experience, and of course, "A" HIDING IN A HOSPITAL BED NEXT TO CYRUS. The cliff-notes version: Ali = innocent, Mona = probably not alive, Spencer = probably not getting into Oxford, Hanna = sass, Aria = with Ezra (sort of), Emily = should have been a dancer not a swimmer, Ashley = engaged, and A = batshit crazy.
The girls finally visit (a very contrite) Ali in jail, apologizing for not believing her and filling her in on the Mona situation. Aria’s kooky outfit of the week is a neck/body suspender and a sheer white skirt that’s so sheer it’d be macaron-baring if it weren’t for her long black tunic. Appropriate for visiting your ex-best-friend/possible worst enemy in jail? Probably not.
At least Spencer looks cute. Her burgundy blazer and ruffled blouse are just fabulous. Especially loving the black ribbon detail.
From wispy white skirts to no skirt at all, Aria’s all about the macaron-baring this episode. Her black textured top is cute enough, but probably would’ve looked a lot better paired with jeans, rather than an impossibly short printed skort. But compared to some of her other crazypants outfits, this one is forgivable.
I can even forgive Emily for her awfully boring tanks this week.
Because her dance number? I think we need to start a petition for Shay Mitchell to have a dance number in every episode. Seriously. So. Good. Probably not appropriate for a pageant, but hey, this is Rosewood and anything goes.
Werk it, girl.
Em and Talia even shared this really sweet moment. Moral of all this? Emily needs to spend more time in the studio.
In love with her simple black leotard and wrap skirt. Less in love with Talia’s outfit. What happened to her simple, tailored outfits? Maybe this was all she could grab out of her closet before she left her husband? In any case, the floral sundress belongs more in Aria’s closet, or perhaps flashback-Ali’s. Points for the cute brown boots, but major points off for the leggings under her dress.
But even though her outfit wasn’t up to par this week, Talia really stepped it up for Em. Worried that Em’s friendship with Ali would put the pageant in jeopardy, Claire Handelman, contest coordinator of the pageant and purple lover, “encourages” Emily to drop out. In response, Talia “encourages” the pageant to cut Em a check. Go Talia. Claire may be hell on heels, but I'm digging her silky purple blouse. Very Ashley Marin.
Not so much love for the floral button-up and matronly black slacks. Very pageant-coordinator worthy, though, down to the coiffed hair.
PS - in case you thought Em had given up sweats for good now that she’s no longer a Rosewood Shark…
So because Veronica seems to be the only parent who cares that her daughter will be graduating soon (soon = 2 more seasons in PLL time), Spencer reluctantly hops on a plane across the Atlantic to nab a spot at Oxford. Instead of staying with Melissa and Wren, of course, she finds blue-eyed, blonde, sweater wearing Colin instead. He gives her a quick brief on Britain (flats, lorries, you know), but Spencer is apparently immune to his charms accent.
But let’s be real. Oxford would be perfect for Spence. She already dresses the part. Case in point: this gorgeous leather messenger.
Her navy cape would definitely not be out of place in Oxford…
…neither would her navy trench coat. Just look at the brass buttons. Sidenote: thanks PLL set designers for the explosion of UK flags in the background. We get it — Spencer’s in Britain.
Her interview outfit is, of course, all tweed and blazers and screams I AM PERFECT FOR OXFORD! I mean, look how well she fits in with the decor!
And then there's this guy. I wish I could have seen the casting call for this character, because he embodied stiff upper lip Brit down to his bowtie and sweater vest.
But as Spencer waxes on about her dream of attending Oxford, the prof notices something strange about her bag…
Because even halfway across the world, A can still find time to torment Spencer. Poor Spence rushes back to the flat to pack and get on the next flight to London — but not before ripping apart every inch of her suitcase to make sure A hasn’t stuck Mona’s pinkie in there. Or something. It’s a shame we won’t be seeing a spinoff of Spencer taking on Oxford, because her outfits are really perfect for the place. This cozy fisherman sweater jumper? She probably borrowed it right out of Colin’s closet.
Thankfully, Colin is there to calm Spencer down and use his patented "keep-the-kids-from-freaking-out" techniques on her. Seriously Spence, he works with kids, has a British accent, and is cute. #Teencop who?