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Shadowhunter Style: S1:E5 “Moo Shu to Go”

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On this week’s episode of Shadowhunters, the gang faces a pack of angry werewolves after Clary gets kidnapped on Alec’s watch, Luke proves his loyalty to Clary, and Alec and Isabelle’s mother Mayrse returns to the New York Institute.

While she embraced adoptive son Jace with open arms, Mayrse’s reunion with her biological children was less than warm, especially with Isabelle. From their first lines, it’s clear that mother and daughter have their issues. These two women couldn’t be anymore different than night and day in both their actions and their personal styles. They may both wear black dresses in this episode, but the dresses themselves and the way they are styles are two completely different looks. (Both ladies do love a bold red lip though. Maybe there is hope.)

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Isabelle’s Look

Mayrse may disapprove of her daughter’s vamped up look, but Isabelle doesn’t let that distain for her appearance force her into conforming to her mother’s more conservative ways. She puts her own sexy spin on the classic LBD, and now you can too. Start with a sleeveless black dress that has a zip-up front and layer a sexy lace bralette underneath. Slide the zipper down just far enough, the bralette peeks out. Pull on a pair of thigh-high boots, and finish the look off with a bold ring, a red stone pendant and a snake cuff bracelet. Isabelle would totally approve.

Mayrse’s Look

Unlike her daughter’s wild child ways, Mayrse is much more conservative in both her actions and her personal style. She is a woman who truly believes appearances are everything, and the most important thing is how her family is looked upon by the Clave. Get her sleek business look by pairing a sleeveless, modestly cut, textured black dress with a peplum blazer and and simple pumps. Use an embellished belt to chinch the blazer at the waist to create an hourglass silhouette. Finish the look off with a stretchy gray stone bracelet, dainty stacked rings, and some simple stud earrings. The only thing missing is Mayrse’s don’t-mess-with-me attitude.

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Lethal Looks: Style Inspired by “How to Get Away with Murder”

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Whether they’re defending their clients or committing crimes, the ladies of How to Get Away with Murder always know how to look good even while getting their hands dirty. The show’s costume designer Linda Bass is a pro at selecting pieces that not only look stunning on camera, but also show how the characters are struggling to keep their perfectly crafted personas from falling apart. Just take a look a the scene where tough-as-nails Annalise sits at her vanity and methodically removes her wig and all of her makeup to reveal the vulnerability hidden underneath, or how Michaela completely freaks out when she realizes her engagement ring, the physical tie to her future as a senator’s wife, has fallen off her hand. The women of How to Get Away with Murder wear their wardrobes like warpaint and wield their accessories like weapons, and, with all of the revelations in the season finale, I’m excited to see how the show uses style to reflect the ebb and flow of character development in the upcoming season.

So for my fellow How to Get Away with Murder fans, here are five looks inspired our five favorite complex leading ladies.

1. Michaela Pratt

Type-A to the extreme and wound way too tight, any little threat to Michaela’s perfectly crafted future is enough to send her into an emotional tailspin. Taking cues from women like Jackie O., she’s meticulously honed her image as the future senator’s wife with classically tailored dresses in bold colors paired with neutral cardigans and blazers and simple, feminine accessories.

Michaela Pratt Style 2. Laurel Castillo

Laurel is that quiet girl in the back who flies under your radar until she solves the puzzle faster than everyone else in the room. Her mix of Ralph Lauren prep and tomboy chic is just classic enough to to blend in with her fellow law school classmates, but, with a couple subtly funky accessories to remind you she’s got a little edge working underneath.

Laurel Castillo Style 3. Annalise Keating

The first rule of How to Get Away with Murder: Do not cross Annalise. She can be your saving grace or your worst enemy, and, if you’re facing hard time, you definitely want her on your side. Sleek, sharp and sophisticated, she commands the courtroom in her perfectly tailored peplum tops, pencil skirts and dresses that she punches up with metallic jewelry and subtle pops of rich hues like oxblood.

Annalise Keating Style 4. Bonnie Winterbottom

Desperate to be part of the inner circle, Bonnie is forever trying to gain Annalise’s approval, but seems to fall short every time. While While she’s got a few secrets of her own, she maintains her mousy exterior with pastels and pearls.

Bonnie Winterbottom Style 5. Rebecca Sutter

The bad girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Rebecca’s rap sheet includes being accused of murder, dabbling in drugs and helping to cover up a crime scene. With a combination of ripped jeans, leather jackets, and studded jewelry, her look is as dangerous as her attitude.

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