In their most recent issue, Teen Vogue reports, “[celebrities] are opting to exchange the safety of the expected route in order to lead the tread toward a more unique personal look.”
Ponder upon it for a second and you may see the statement’s accuracy in today’s pop culture. We all remember Lady Gaga’s infamous meat dress and the last time I checked, poultry fashion isn’t (and let’s hope will never be) a trend. For Gaga, it was about wearing what she wanted to wear and having the confidence to do it.
At times it can feel like a challenge to break free from the status quo of fashion — perhaps out of fear of ending up on the worst-dressed lists. However, formulating a personal style that is uniquely distinct from everyone else and suffering a few fashion misses along the way is all part of finding yourself.
Don’t get me wrong though; I’m not telling you to go to your local supermarket to see what garments they have in the meat section. It’s possible to take small risks without pulling a Nicki Minaj or Lady Gaga.
Aria’s skirt is a great example of this. I’m not going to lie though. When I first saw her Topshop Metallic Pleated Skirt, I wasn’t too sure what I thought of it because it was so distant from the regular skirts we normally encounter. But the more I looked at it, the more I thought of what kind of person would wear this piece. This person would have to be a bold risk-taker with an abundance of confidence. This skirt is simply a statement of fashion eccentricity and personal style — like a more wearable version of Gaga.
Try a bold and unexpected piece. You may be surprised by the power of uniqueness.
Props to Aria for taking a fashion risk and trying some coloured pants! Although coloured pants can sometimes be tricky to style, Aria wears them perfectly. When working with a tricky colour, remember that you can never go wrong with neutral colours since they go with everything. As with Aria, she paired her bright red jeans with a neutral-coloured top, jacket and boots.
Aria wears the Pacsun Doe Ying Yang Rose Cold Shoulder Tee.
She also rocks these Joe’s Ikat Jeans.
The third season of Pretty Little Liars has officially started and the fashion did not disappoint. Aria kicks off senior year with a cute and casual outfit. She pairs a flowy tunic with jeggings (the cross between jeans and leggings) and some sky-high wedges.
Aria wears the Anthropologie Sweet-Tart Tunic.
She also has the Anthropologie Hot Air Balloon Scarf (
Here are her Steve Madden Winonna Print Wedges ($133).
In case you did not read my previous post regarding Hanna’s ‘obsession’ with fringe, you can click here to read it. Anyways, as if her dress did not have enough fringe, she then wears a fringe bikini! (I actually had no idea those even existed.) With swimwear, any ruffle or fringe detailing around the bust area will create the illusion of a larger and fuller bust.
Hanna rocks this Kandy Wrappers Fringe Bikini Top ($34.50).
Sooo… Fringe its back! (I so did not see that coming…) And as we have learned to expect, when Hanna discovered a new trend, she is not afraid to wear a lot of it. In this weeks, episode, Hanna wears a blue dress with fringe literally all over it. (I honestly wonder what its like to dance in that dress. Like would the fringe fly out and whack everyone around her?)
This is Hanna’s Zara Fringe Front Dress.
She also wears a Rebecca Minkoff Satchel and Forever 21 Beaded Geo Bracelet.
So yes, I do know why Lola and Ivy were dressed this way in The Fugitives. (And if you don’t know, go watch it right now!) However, I want to turn the attention away from why they are dressed this way, and talk more about what they are wearing. Peplum dresses have become increasingly popular in the past year. In case you don’t already know what they are, a peplum dress is defined by a short overskirt or ruffle attached at the waistline of a dress or skirt. Lately, they have been seen all over the runways, red carpets, and most recently, on Gossip Girl!
Lola and Ivy are wearing the Mason by Michelle Mason Peplum Dress.
In the episode, The Fugitives, Serena is wearing a very intricate and unique sweater – you see the cut-outs too, right?!
Here is Serena’s tribal-inspired IRO Abstract Floral Skirt.