Pretty Little Liars’ Costume Designer Spills This Season’s Style Secrets
After seven years, everyone’s favorite guilty pleasure, Pretty Little Liars, debuts its final season on April 18. We’ve been through so much with the ladies, from car accidents to creepy dolls to teeth necklaces to a seemingly disproportionate amount of sinister activity for one small town.
But throughout the murderous and unpredictable plot lines of the show, the one thing we could always count on was the flawless fashion. We sat down with the woman behind the wardrobe, Cameron Dale, to get a little insider info on how she kept Lucy Hale, Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, and Shay Mitchell fresh to death.
Brit + Co: These were the best dressed high schoolers we’ve ever seen. How has each character’s style evolved throughout the series?
Cameron Dale: Aria (Hale) has left behind her teenage angsty spike, chain, and skull accessories, and replaced them with smaller, finer jewelry. I still love to mix and match prints and unexpected colors for Aria, but in a more adult way. For example, rather than mixing leopard and neon, I’ll mix a purple sequin blouse with mustard trousers.
Emily (Mitchell) has stayed true to her denim and leather roots. I would say her style has evolved the least: She’s still finding her place in the world and trying out different professions. She’ll always be a jeans and T-shirt girl. Shay loves chokers, so we’ve been playing with different types this season.
Since Hanna (Benson) has been in New York working in fashion, we got to play with trendy, designer clothes. I love mixing high and low brands on Ashley, who is always game. While still girly, Hanna’s style has taken a professional, more tailored look.
Spencer’s (Bellisario) style is still classic American prep. Working in politics, Spencer is usually in fancier outfits: or as Troian says, “dry-clean-only pieces.” This season the higher waisted the pant, the better! We love a classic Hepburn style trouser with a fitted blouse. (Photo via Cameron Dale/Disney)
B+C: What would you say is each girl’s signature style?
CD: Aria is trendy with an eye for throwing together unexpected color and pattern. Emily is tomboy and comfortable. Hanna’s feminine and sexy, and Spencer is classic and preppy.
B+C: How do you look for the perfect labels and pieces for each of the ladies?
CD: I usually do big, long fittings at the start of each season, which allows me to go out and shop for all of the girls at once. I’ll hit all of the big stores like Topshop and Bloomingdale’s, my favorite discount stores like Nordstrom Rack and Barney’s Warehouse, then I’ll hit vintage stores and boutiques. I also do a ton of online shopping! I’m obsessed with ASOS and theoutnet. I reach out to our favorite designers for awesome accessories like B-low the Belt, Peggy Li, and Lionette.
I was designing our amazing executive producer Marlene King’s new show Famous in Love (premiering alongside PLL on April 18) at the same time, so I would sometimes be shopping EIGHT female characters at once! Thankfully I have an awesome team. I couldn’t do it without their help. (Photos via Disney/Freeform)
B+C: Are there any trends you’re not into this season for the characters or trends that the characters wouldn’t be caught dead in?
CD: No! I think our girls are so diverse that there is a trend that works for each one of them. While a high-waisted “mom” jean isn’t for everyone, I think there’s a fun way for say, Spencer, to wear them with a loafer and a Rag and Bone blouse and look chic. You’ll see Hanna in an array of bombers, Emily in chokers, and Aria and Spencer in high-waisted jeans: all fun trends that are huge right now. We love the Western jewelry trend so look out for that also! (Photo via Disney/ Freeform)
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)