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Many girls look to the Pretty Little Liars cast for hair, style and beauty inspiration and eagerly await the posters that mark the show’s new seasons — which tend to be both glamorous and dramatic.
Raise your hand if you can’t wait for the weekend! Well, now, put it down, people are staring. But if you’re like us, you’re already planning ahead for your next three big outfits, and we’re here to provide inspiration. Below, check out a low-maintenance date night look, the perfect Saint Patrick’s Day party outfit and something to wear to work on Monday to celebrate spring being on its way.
Saturday night: This is the ultimate guy-hot outfit: it’s totally low maintenance and effortless while still having smoking “bad girl” touches like a leather skirt and strappy sandals. This $97 Minkpink dress has the same breezy look as Shay Mitchell’s Sachin + Babi dress, and these Calvin Klein heels, $79.99, show just the right amount of skin.
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Perhaps Ashley Benson was tired of being the only blonde on the Spring Breakers press tour. Because the young star recently ditched her golden California-girl hair, debuting a dark brown shade Tuesday night while out to dinner in L.A.
We’ve always known Benson as a blonde, whether it’s in this most recent movie role or on her hit show Pretty Little Liars, so it’s a bit of a shock to see her go so dark so quickly.
There’s no denying, though, that the color certainly suits her and complements her flawless fair complexion and dark brows well. But we’ll save our final verdict on Benson’s new shade for after we see a picture of the actress with her hair down.
Tell us: What do you think of Benson as a brunette?
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During a runway show, many front-row fashionistas are busy Instagramming, bragging about being at the show on Twitter or just wondering how the models can wear those heels all day without flinching. Shay Mitchell, on the other hand, is totally focused, absorbing the entire experience.
“I love seeing how they put the entire shows together,” Mitchell told PEOPLE at the DKNY show on Sunday from her front row seat next to PEOPLE StyleWatch’s editor Susan Kaufman. “Not just the clothes, but I love seeing what they do with the models’ makeup, and the nails!” She reveals that she even logs onto Pinterest post-show to get an even better look at the details.
And the Pretty Little Liars star is especially in awe of the designers who make fashion week such an amazing event, citing Donna Karan and Diane von Furstenberg as especially inspirational. “Their presence is so powerful,” she said. “When they [walk the] runway [to close their show], you know they are a force to be reckoned with.”
Mitchell, who told PEOPLE she “loves to get dressed up,” decided to ditch her preferred dresses and “switch it up a little bit” in honor of NYFW. For the DKNY show, she slipped into an off-the-runway printed skirt topped off with a leather jacket for a “pretty punk look.” She then did a quick change for DVF, taking a risk in pink tuxedo pants and a girly lipstick shade, noting, “I’m wearing a similar pink lip color as the models, so I fit right in!”
Mark your calendars to pick up the September issue of PEOPLE StyleWatch to find out more about Mitchell’s experience at Fashion Week, and in the meantime check out her Instagram. Tell us: What do you think of Mitchell’s NYFW style?
–Jennifer Cress, reporting by Kristen Maxwell
Sadly, Lucy Hale isn’t allowed to steal many clothes from the Pretty Little Liars‘ lust-worthy fashion closet. But she doesn’t seem to mind too much.
“[My character] Aria is definitely a little more quirky [than me],” Hale told PEOPLE Tuesday night at a Bongo-sponsored drive-in screening of Pretty Little Liars in L.A. “She’s willing to try anything, mix patterns — there are no limits for her.”
However the actress — a face of Bongo (along with costar Ashley Benson) — is “willing to take risks,” she admitted. “I think just being exposed to Mandi Line, our fashion designer, and dressing up every day as Aria on the show has definitely leaked into my personal life.”
So has this fun fashion exposure paid off for the star? “I think my red carpet style has evolved,” she shared. “I’m a little more sophisticated. I’ve sort of come into my own.”