Pretty Little Liars aired its annual Halloween episode this week aka the episode that gives us Pretty Little Liars fans our fix between the summer and winter seasons of the show. This year’s year’s episode picks up where the summer finale left off with Hanna, Spencer, Emily and Aria in the creepy town of Ravenswood the home of A’s latest liar. In an attempt to track down A and prove once and for all that Alison is in fact alive, the girls crash Ravenswood’s annual Founder’s Day party held in the town graveyard.
Storywise, I thought this episode wasn’t as strong those of years past. It felt like the show’s writers were too focused on using it to set up the Pretty Little Liars spinoff Ravenswood which is set in the town, especially with how often they bounced back and forth between the liars and Hanna’s boyfriend Caleb on the bus. It felt like the actual Pretty Little Liars part was crammed into only half of the episode, and, in my opinion, it took away from the show’s overall suspense. (I did like how Hanna was the standout in this one, especially her interactions with Ravenswood character Miranda and her goodbye scene Caleb. I thought Ashley Benson did an outstanding job.)
However, while I wasn’t crazy about the episode itself, I thought this year’s costumes were the best to date. In keeping with the theme of Ravenswood’s 1900s themed Founder’s Day festivities, the costumes were intricately designed with lush layers of color, texture and detail. Every time the dresses would come into view I found myself seeing new little embellishments I hadn’t noticed before. I particularly loved how each girl pulled the elements from the victorian era or the 1920s that reflected her own unique style. The overall theme was unified without the girls looking like clones or losing their own individuality.
In honor of the Halloween season, here are a few looks I put together inspired by Hanna, Aria, Spencer and Emily in this year’s Pretty Little Liars special. (For product information, please click on the Polyvore links below each image.)
The undisputed queen of style, Hanna’s taken a page from The Great Gatsby and gone totally 1920s for this year’s special. Get the same glamourous feel with a palette of neutrals and soft golds accented by pearls and hints of lace.
Leave it to Aria to add a little steampunk twist to her early 1900-inspired frock. Victorian staples, black lace and gothic accessories bring this look to life.
Known for her classic style with a modern twist, it’s no surprise Spencer went for the most traditional looking ensemble. Channel her sophisticatedly stunning look with lacy blouse and pencil skirt and top it with a beautiful velveteen waist coat.
Never one to go for the ultra-feme, Emily goes for a menswear chic 1920s gangster-inspired vibe. Get her look with cleanly cut pieces in navy and black and infuse it with subtle feminine touches and hints of silver.