Part 1 of 2: The Crazy Kids
I couldn't even focus on the fashion this week because, well, PLL has officially headed into crazy, creepy territory. Wilden is after Hanna's blood in an attempt to prove her guilt, and A is even more bananapants crazy than Mona was. In fact, this week she was speaking in code, thus throwing the girls into yet another web of secrets. Spencer saves her drunky half-brother Jason from being arrested, but jeopardizes her relationship with Toby. Speaking of the DiLaurentis', Mr. DiLaurentis arrives in town, with hostile hatred towards Hanna. And Cece, a mix of Gossip Girl's Serena and Blair, and apparently Ali's idol, shows up. Oh, and Ella decides to ditch the florals and throw her proverbial hat into the ring for best dressed TV mother. She even one-ups Ashley by going on two dates - one of them being Ashley's love interest, Pastor Ted.
Aria and Emily might as well be sharing the same closet, their taste in tops are so similar. At least Em's isn't in a) a cutoff tee or b) a baseball tee this time. Not so sure what she's trying to accomplish with that scarf tied round her neck, though.
Absolutely in love with Spencer's frilly Allsaints blouse and sailor skirt. Preppy and nautical and so Spence.
Then we have Hanna, being as fabulous as she is, is the only one who can pull off this candy confection of an outfit. She totally rocks the lavender and coral combo in a way only she can.
I do not, however, love the crazy white lace-up boots Spencer is sporting. Also, you a) don't attend a prep school b) aren't six, so high socks are not necessary for every. Single. Outfit.
Breaking down Aria's look, she's toned down from the usual with a Born to Run tank, black vest, and a bag she probably picked up from an old lady wearing yak fur in Iceland. Or, you know, Urban Outfitters. Hidden here, but she had on knockout earrings that are deemed too dangerous to be around Mona.
Lastly, Emily improves on her day look with this leather jacket, minus the weird scarf. Big snaps for the yellow mani. The PLLs must be doing one of two things on a given day - doing their nails or investigating A (what's homework?).
But who's Emily talking to? Why, that's CeCe, whom I'm sure will cause no trouble whatsoever. My first impression of CeCe: she must be a free spirit. As we learned from a previous Jane By Design, maxi dresses and bold accessories are a free spirit's must-haves.
But after watching her for ten seconds? She looks like the LA version of Serena van der Woodsen, but acts like Blair Waldorf (you know, super sweet but always has a scheme in her back pocket). And after the Jenna/Nate phone incident, it's clear why Ali idolized her.
The lace blazer is cute, but in combo with the dress it's as though she's used to warmer temps and has no clue how to pair a blazer with a dress.
On to another newbie in town--everyone's suspicious of this Nate character, myself included. Maybe it's because we haven't yet seen what kind of role he's fully playing in the PLL's lives.
Or most likely it's because we've seen zero gratuitous male shirtlessness from him.
Speaking of male shirtlessness, the YKYLF staffers have come to the conlcusion that Toby shirtless > Toby in an adorable coral striped tee > Toby in boring clothes. Hence, the wardrobe department can stop buying clothes for him.
Flashback moment: Hanna is adorable in her black maxi and printed belt, but Mona really knocks it out of the park in this blue dress and coral belt. I especially love how she kept her accessories simple (*cough*Aria*cough*).
But then you realize she's only wearing one earring, therefore she's more like Aria than we thought.
Can't you see the similarities?
Sidenote: I have no idea how Mona is dealing with the grandmotherly cardigans and plain Ts, because she used to have a pretty fab wardrobe. Maybe that's why she's taken to playing with dolls?
On the more normal side, I love Spencer's adorable bike-printed tee... I do not love Emily's aversion to anything not resembling a baseball tee.
Hannakins even manages to make loungewear interesting with a printed tank beneath a sheer one. Aria just looks like a university student during exams. She's even making the same face I make when I see a psych exam.