Okay, okay, so we're not in high school anymore, but that doesn't mean we're any less obsessed with ABC Family's hit show Pretty Little Liars. Starring Lucy Hale, Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell, it's no surprise that the show has extremely loyal fans: it's gripping, funny, and sometimes scary as hell.
Good television is made up of a full package: great actors, enticing storyline and of course -- a killer wardrobe. Mandi Line, costume designer for PLL hasn't just nailed the wardrobe for our favorite teen drama, she's made it iconic! We got to chat with Mandi about styling the show and her exciting collaboration with Aeropostale (a line inspired by the 4 Liars! You have to check it out.)
StyleList: How important is it to you to have the clothes the girls wear be accessible to real girls?
Mandi Line: Television, to a certain extent has an altered reality, but I grew up so poor that anything I watched or saw in movies seemed out of reach. Gossip Girl set a tone for fashion on TV, but if you can't afford the looks it can be disappointing! I have a little more liberty with Hanna's clothes, but we try to keep the other girls accessible.
SL: Do you have a favorite character to dress?
ML: Well, my go-to is Aria, because she's like a little me! But lately, I'd have to say my favorite is Mona. She's just so obnoxious and ridiculous -- now that she's out of the mental institution! She's so fun. The other girls have become second nature to me at this point.
SL: Is there a character that's the most difficult to style?
ML: I've gotten in trouble with this question before! I'd have to say Spencer -- but only because her style is the furthest from my own natural style. Though we do get to put a fun Urban Outfitters twist on Spencer, since Troian has an innate hipster style. I know Aria's style can be pretty crazy, but Lucy would wear anything I ask her to. She'll say, "Okay! I trust you."
SL: With the development of blogs like Possessionista that follow the style on television, do you think this has affected how you work?
ML: I love Possessionista! I have moments where I forget how intensely the fans follow what the girls wear. But then sometimes a character will wear a certain piece and we'll never hear the end of it. There was a black and white striped sweater, and studded hoodie Aria wore to a track meet. Then Aria's comic print dress! We all said, "this will be the one." It's so fun, and I definitely keep the viewers in mind.
SL: So tell us about this collaboration with Aeropostale!
ML: Well, when the show started, Gossip Girl was just on its way out, so I knew I could make this the best dressed show on TV. When it comes to the collection, we knew we had to strike while the iron was hot. I receive tweets, Facebook messages and Instagrams from fans everyday who line up their clothes next to photos of the characters. The fans are extremely engaging and I'm lucky enough to talk to them every day.
Designing my first-ever collection with Aéropostale has been an incredible experience. It's so rewarding to create a line that truly brings the style of these 'it' girls to life. I knew fashion would play an important part in the show from the start. The fans were really my inspiration for the collection. You can easily mix and match the pieces to express your personal style. It's all about incredible looks at obtainable prices.
So there you have it -- you can now have looks from Mandi and Aeropostale inspired by your favorite Liars on television! Feeling like Hanna today, or more like Spencer? Check out the first four looks on Aeropostale.com.