Part 2 of 2: Mix and Match
The second half of the episode starts out normally, with Aria dressing like a sequinned Audrey Hepburn from the waist up...
... and Ke$ha from the waist down:
NO NO NO NO NO. WORLD OF NO.
Silver pleather jeggings are NEVER OK. And that pink bag seems like a mismatch, but don't worry - it's just a tote she's using to carry clothes she's borrowing from Spencer.
(shirt by Urban Outfiters, b-t-dubs)
And why is our fave boho chickadee borrowing clothes from Spencer "Baby's Big Sister from Dirty Dancing Isn't As Preppy As Me" Hastings? Two words: Diane Fitzgerald.
Oh hi there MONSTER IN LAW. I get that you're crazyrich and all, but that suit's a little matchy-matchy. And your brooch and earrings are the size of Aria's earrings... which is not a good thing. Seriously, is she wearing a snail frisbee as a brooch?
Weirdly, Aria's first instinct is to ask for fashion advice from Emily which is: no.
This top by CHASER is a nice blend of Emily's usual racerbank tank and slouchy tees, and girlfriend does have good swimmer's shoulders but like.. even Em's all, "Um, you should probs check with Spencer on this one."
So Aria's like, "SPENCE 911 NEED YR FRUMPY CLOTHES 2 MEET EZRAS MOM" and Spencer's like, "WHO U CALLING FRUMPY, FORK EARRINGS?"
The sparrow-print shirt? I DIE. OK, time for me to fess up: on a recent shopping trip, I was like, "Ooh cat-print tee! An owl-print tank! MUST HAVE THESE THINGS" and it was only when I was at the checkout that I realized Spencer's style has worn off on me, subconsciously. Can you blame me? Look at her. PERFECTION.
I kind of think the opportunity to give Aria a prepster makeover has always been a secret fantasy of Spencer's. Nevermind that Aria is a full two feet shorter than Spencer; these two made it work because Aria's a VISION in this dreamy backless white party dress:
I suppose Spencer must wear this as a shirt, since it fits Aria's tiny frame so well. But who has time to think of logic or reason? LOOK HOW PRETTY!
I'm pretty sure she added the belt without Spencer's consent, but it lends the outfit the perfect Aria punch. Well, that, and the arm party:
I'm pretty sure Spencer's responsible for these normal-sized earrings:
Aria's earlobes are like "OH THANK GOD"
The white dress is perfect for this event in ways even Spencer couldn't have anticipated. We get a kind of Emily-and-Queen-V chessboard vibe when Aria realizes that Ezra's mother is COMPLETELY CRAY:
What Diane doesn't know is that Aria's been dealing with a crazy stalker for the last 3 years (or 3 months, or however time passes in Rosewood). Plus, Aria's got both Spencer AND Hanna on her side, and neither of them will hesitate to cut a bitch. Emily could also be helpful, if she's drugged and/or drunk, since who knows what she's capable of then?
In any case, Diane's black dress is pretty meh. Queen V wouldn't approve.
The black pashmina is so 2002. I mean, I'm sure it's from her own personal flock of alpacas that she had specially bred and it cost $7,000,000 but that doesn't make it fashionable. Try harder next time, Mrs F. I have seen Lily van der Woodsen Bass Humphrey Bass and you, madame, are no Lily VdWBHB.
Hanna goes through a few rapid outfit changes. First up: polka dots and a statement necklace (and her pretty hair worn down, thank goodness):
Then, she may have needed Spencer's guidance with the next look but since her mission to keep Mona at Radley (and to hide her friendship with Wren), she clearly went this on her own. E for Effort, Hanna, but this mishmash of layers looks much less grown-up than you think it does:
The ruffled neckline, bow detail, and raw edges on the jacket are all working against one another. Either trade the top for a simple cami, or go with a less embellished topper than that Rebecca Taylor jacket.
The shoes are AMAZE, however:
Oh, and then comes the part where the cast mixes and matches and everybody starts getting affectionate with new people.
Yes, of course Byron and Aria (ByRia?) isn't a lovematch, but seeing this father/daughter duo begin to thaw their relationship (which has been chilly ever since Season 1, Episode 1), brought the AWWWs.
Oh, and then we got the first truly epic and romantic kiss for Emily:
The water, glowing romantically in the background. The sweet hopeful look Paige got when Emily confessed that she liked her? TOO CUTE.
Oh, and then we got another maybe-A clue.
A likes candy. And has a lot of money. Which means... I have no idea what this means. But the bank teller noted A's black hoodie, which I think eliminates Mrs. Fitz(gerald) as a suspect, because no way she'd ever wear anything other than a Chanel suit.
Who do you guys think A is? And, do you have ANY IDEA WHAT IS GOING ON??