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How to Dress Like Spencer from Pretty Little Liars

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Spencer Hastings of Pretty Little Liars
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Spencer Hastings, from ABC’s hit TV show Pretty Little Liars, has lots to envy — killer grades, head-turning looks, fierce athleticism, a privileged upbringing — but the girl who seemingly has it all is neither arrogant nor stuck-up about her charmed life.

She may be an overachiever who always pushes herself for excellence, but Spencer is never one to look down on others, let bullies (like former friend Ali) push people around, or forget her loyalty to her girls. She’s the kind of friend that will have your back when you’re traipsing through the woods in the middle of the night in pursuit of a possible murderer (sound familiar?) and let you raid her closet. And trust me, you’ll want to steal everything in this girl’s wardrobe.

In this post, the fourth in my series on Pretty Little Liars fashion, (In case you missed them, see my posts on Hanna’s style, Emily’s style, and the Pretty Little Liars cast style.) we’ll take a look at Spencer Hastings’ style and offer up some tips so you can look as East Coast-cool as she does.

Who is Spencer Hastings?

Spencer is the youngest daughter in a prominent Rosewood family. She’s spent most of her life striving to live up to her pretentious parents’ high expectations while yearning to step out of her perfect older sister’s shadow. She’s the definition of a high school overachiever, a go-getter with a blemish-free record and Ivy League dreams. While on the surface it appears that Spencer is the prim and proper daughter every parent dreams of, the truth is she’s got some not-so-innocent indiscretions on her rap-sheet… like kissing her sister’s much older boyfriends…. not once, but twice!

Spencer Hastings style
(Photo Credits: 1, 2, 3)

How to Dress Like Spencer Hastings

Spencer Hastings’ style is preppy, but she’s not rocking pastel polos and pearls on the tennis court; her style is a modern take (with some vintage inspiration) on the classic East Coast prep look.

Spencer is known to take fashion cues from Annie Hall, rocking menswear-inspired ensembles. She also loves to do the unexpected, like putting a spin on ladylike lace tights by pairing them with roughed-up leather oxfords. Her use of layering, plus her color and texture choices suggest the influence of classic All-American design, like ’70s Ralph Lauren or the iconic Ali MacGraw in Love Story. Spencer always looks professional and parent-appropriate, but with a youthful edge that alludes to what’s beneath her squeaky-clean surface.

Here are some tips for adding Spencer Hastings’ style to your own wardrobe:

  • Mix up the masculinity and femininity in your closet. Try pairing a dainty printed dress with a structured menswear-inspired blazer, or match a mini and textured tights with Oxford shoes or loafers. Juxtaposing soft silhouettes against structured ones adds subtle but compelling interest to your outfit.
  • Stick to muted and neutral colors. Spencer’s wardrobe is full of neutral, muted, or earth tones. Her palette is perfect for fall: chocolate brown, mustard yellow, cognac, navy blue, and burgundy are some of her favorite hues.
  • Layer up and play with texture. Just because Spencer prefers muted hues doesn’t mean her look is dull. By layering and using different textures in her looks, Spencer adds attention-getting dimension to every outfit. So make blazers, jackets, long cardis, knee-high socks, and textured tights your best friends. Not sure how to layer and add texture? Start with a foundation, like the denim dress Spencer is wearing in the above picture. Wear knit, sweater or lace tights under the dress. Add a cardigan or jacket. Belt your waist. If you’re wearing boots, layer over-the-knee socks on top of tights.
  • Throw in preppy classics. Oxford button-down shirts, bows, plaid, loafers, and nautical stripes are all preppy touches seen in Spencer’s wardrobe.
  • When the occasion calls, go glam. Spencer’s everyday look is never flashy, but when Homecoming rolled around, she knew it was time to go glam. But even in her silver party dress and chunky necklace, she didn’t betray her style: her look was structured, yet feminine, with interesting textural fabric and jewelry that mixed pearls and chains.

Spencer-Inspired Outfits for Inspiration

Spencer's Menswear-Inspired Look

Product InfoBlazer, Shirt, Cropped Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters, Purse: Miss Selfridge, Shoes: Urban Outfitters, Necklace: Forever 21

Spencer's Mad for Plaid Style

Product Info — Dress/Tunic: Aeropostale, Boyfriend Cardigan: American Eagle Outfitters, Tights: Forever 21, Bag: Urban Outfitters, Boots: Steven by Steve Madden

Outfit Inspired by Spencer's Homecoming Look

Product Info — Dress: ModCloth, Necklace: Urban Outfitters, Clutch: Jessica McClintock, Heels: AMI Clubwear

Get Spencer Hastings’ Makeup and Hair

Spencer from Pretty Little Liars' makeup
(Photo Credits: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Spencer accentuates her youthful natural beauty with an easygoing make-up routine that’s free of heavy layers and bright colors. Here are some beauty suggestions in step with Spencer’s natural, fresh look:

  • Flaunt flawless, mostly-bare skin. Spencer’s face always looks fresh and clean, as if some tinted moisturizer and a touch of blush is all she needs. Of course, not all of us are blessed with such perfect skin, so fake the look with a pore-refining, sheer, and/or light-reflecting foundation.
  • Focus on your eyes. Like most girls, Spencer lines her eyes and plumps up her lashes with mascara, but the rest of her look is minimal. Keeping the rest of your facial makeup simple offers an opportunity to play up your eyes; they’ll pop more against a barely-there canvas.
  • Try matte lips and nails in rich, dark colors. When Spencer does wear lipstick — like to Homecoming or to the country club to visit Alex — she favors deep, matte burgundy hues that play up her warm skin and dark hair. She’s also been seen sporting nails in the same dark crimson. So try this yourself – look for a rich color for fall that flatters your complexion.
  • Let your waves fall down. If you’re blessed with naturally wavy hair like Spencer, let your wavy locks flow! Try a serum or mousse made for waves post-shower, comb through your damp hair, and let it dry naturally. If your hair’s straight, try wrapping sections around a curling iron (without using the clamp) to achieve the same look.

Steal Beauty's Natural Beauty with these Products

Product InfoSally Hershberger Style Primer for Wavy Hair, CoverGirl LashBlast Length Mascara, Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner, CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain, Revlon Matte Lipstick, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer Tinted Moisturizer, bareMinerals Original Foundation, Conair Curling Iron, OPI Nail Laquer in Mrs. O’Leary’s BBQ

What do you think?

Did you enjoy this post? Who is your favorite of the Pretty Little Liars? What do you think of Spencer’s style and the suggestions here? Please leave a comment!

Posted on on September 8, 2010 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , ,

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58 Responses to “How to Dress Like Spencer from Pretty Little Liars”

  1. 1
    September 8th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I LOVE the way Spencer dresses and this is DEAD on. Her and Aria are my favorite. I get so many fashion tips from the way they dress. I cannot wait until next season so I can see more of their amazing style!

  2. 2
    September 8th, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Those outfits are exactly Spencer’s style. I could see her in every outfit! Great job!

  3. 3
    September 8th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I loved this. Aria is my favorite and I’m really excited for her week (: I’m short/ petite like her so I hope I can get tips on how to not look so short ;)

  4. 4
    September 8th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    I haven’t had the chance to watch this show yet, but I just might after seeing so many cute style inspirations!

  5. 5
    September 8th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Thank you so much for doing this:) S. is my favorite pll.. thank you again.. xx

  6. 6
    September 8th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I am so glad you guys finally did Spencer! Woo. I swear, every episode of Pretty Little Liars, I was like, “I NEED SPENCER’S OUTFIT!!” She dresses so cute! :D

    Thanks for this! :)

  7. 7
    September 8th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this post ever since you started the series and I can say that you didn’t disappoint.

    I like the menswear with a feminine twist and also being preppy with an edge. Good job!

  8. 8
    September 8th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I like Spencer the most :) Thanks for this!

  9. 9
    September 8th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I love Spenders style, but favorite is totally Aria. I can not wait for when you do an stule profile on her. I’ve been looking forword to it for ages <3

  10. 10
    September 8th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I adore Spencer’s style! Her and Hanna are my faves

  11. 11
    September 8th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    You did such a great job with this post! Like the other girls commented, this was dead on! And Spencer’s look is perfect for fall :)

  12. 12
    September 8th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Um, WOW. This is lovely!!! I am loving the first look and all the looks. This girl can dress. This is by far my favorite post. You are doing amazing! Can’t wait to see more! =)

  13. 13
    September 8th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I love Spencer! And I love her nose even more… it’s so refreshing to see someone who hasn’t gotten a nose job, she’s such a good role model for young girls.

  14. 14
    September 8th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Wow, this is spot on. Spenser’s style isn’t really my style, but you did a great job. You put together some really nice outfits.

  15. 15
    September 8th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    I can’t say I’d wear her style, but you really picked some great pieces. There are some good ideas with her makeup, too. Another awesome post!

  16. 16
    September 8th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I love Spencer’s style from Pretty Little Liars. When i was thinking of a new look for fall, she came to my mind first. Good job and thanks for this. [:

  17. 17
    September 8th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    omg love this! She and Aria are my favorites in terms of style and I’ve been waiting for this post for what seems like forever!!!!!

  18. 18
    September 8th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    One of your best posts! I’ve been waiting for a PLL spotlight on Spencer and I love the outfits you all put together. Definitely her style and great inspiration for the rest of us. Thanks!

  19. 19
    September 9th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    At first, sorry for my english but I’m french :)
    I just wanna say that I’ve actually liked that post!!! After reading it I watched five episode ^^ it is just so cool :D
    I think it would be great if you wrote a post about Aria…I think her look is really original and personal . Thanks :)

  20. 20
    September 10th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    All the outfits look superb!!

  21. 21
    September 16th, 2010 at 2:33 am

    spencer is the best :)

  22. 22
    September 26th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    I love her style ! (and Aria’s too)
    In one episode she is wearing a Zara dress with a cute cat print (inspired by Miu Miu) : http://www3.images.coolspotters.com/photos/361974/pretty-little-liars-gallery.png

  23. 23
    February 25th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    i love this show and spence!! my friends always make fun of me for always being like her “twin” haha. I am soo preppy its not funny! i think these style choices are perrrfect! spence would be soo proud! hehe!

    xoxo
    thanks again
    Chass

  24. 24
    April 6th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Me and my mates went to a party dressed as the PLL girls. I was Spencer so this helped ALOT!!! THANKIES!

  25. 25
    April 30th, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I love Spencers style, but i absolutly ADORE Emily’s!!!!!!!

  26. 26
    April 30th, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    please post some more of emilys style!!!!

  27. 27
    May 6th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    hey…can anyone tell me where i can get a similiar style to the outfit Spencer wears in episode 16 of season one. i love that top <3

  28. 28
    May 11th, 2011 at 3:31 am

    Hey! :)
    I am DYING to know where the blouse that spencer wore in 1×16 is from…
    here is a picture: http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lgdv8pC9gw1qal8z4o1_500.jpg
    if anyone knows please tell me, I’m loving it so much but I can’t find anything about it on the internet :/

  29. 29
    May 12th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Saskia, unfortunately that top’s no longer available. It was called the “Draped Lion Head Tunic” and it’s from Foley + Corinna.

    Source: http://www.possessionista.com/2011/02/pretty-little-liars-fashion-spencers.html

  30. 30
    June 15th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Oh my gosh! I have been looking for Spencer’s look and none of them were as PERFECT as this one! My favorite style is Aria, but I am most like Spencer. This is so helpful! Thank you!

  31. 31
    June 23rd, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Hi everyone! I’m Ali, the author of this post.

    This series was written almost A YEAR AGO. Please keep that in mind when you criticize it or leave comments. I’m sorry the information is now outdated, but there are many resources on the web for “Pretty Little Liars” fashion. One place to look is Possessionista.com.

    I no longer write for College Fashion, so I don’t have control over new “Pretty Little Liars” posts. Perhaps if you request it, they might do more on the show or do an updated series.

    Thank you,

    Ali

  32. 32
    July 1st, 2011 at 6:52 am

    I found this extremely helpful no matter what other people may say :)

  33. 33
    July 5th, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I love spencer! Her style is the best! I hate Aria’s style and I also like Hannah! Thanks so much

  34. 34
    July 9th, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Me and spencer dress the same!!!… i could totally see spencer n myself in every outfit..lol

  35. 35
    July 18th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    do u know the brand of spencer’s watch? I love it a lot!

  36. 36
    August 7th, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I love Spencer’s look- I like how preppy it is and I absolutely adore her makeup and hair look- with the natural waves and barely there makeup. I also love Troian Bellisario’s face, she has a really prominent nose, and I pray that she never gets a nose job, because I absolutely love her nose. I think it’s one of her nicest features :)

  37. 37
    August 31st, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    I know Spencer’s style well from religiously watching the show ( ha ha) and you hit it dead on. Your examples were perfect and you described her to the T! Great job and thanks for such a great post. xx

  38. 38
    December 21st, 2011 at 10:05 am

    WOW! i LOVE this! i really have been wanting to learn to dress like Spencer and you’ve nailed this spot on! THANKS!

  39. 39
    February 20th, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    I absolutly love spencer’s look, her style is great. Spencer and Aria are my two favorites.:)

  40. 40
    May 22nd, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    i really liked it but u could make some changes and listen to smart people like me

  41. 41
    May 29th, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I love this website. Every time I google “how to dress like…”, you always have advice!

  42. 42
    July 11th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    this is so much like spencer!

  43. 43
    August 5th, 2012 at 12:33 am

    omg great outfit they are spot on . i can just see spencer in that clothing i have been looking for a brand new style and i pretty sure this one is it .my favorite is spencer but i also love arias style it is very origanal so aria is going have to be pretty amazing to top spencer in my mind.

    you should really make an aria one

    -L

  44. 44
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    i love spencer because she goes for the type of looks that are old fashion and i love that i love all of there outfits when i go to school i am going to do each and everyone of there outfits and my friends are going to ask me were i get my clothes from daaaaa
    forever21
    my mac up is going to be from mac
    and i am going to shop at th

    MALLLLLLLLL

  45. 45
    November 4th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Love her!!!!!!!

  46. 46
    July 16th, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I love specer hastings

  47. 47
    July 16th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    My fav liar

  48. 48
    July 22nd, 2013 at 8:47 am

    While I don’t like when Spencer wears men’s ties & is too buttoned up, I love when she goes for a retro look. This is the liar whose closet I most want to steal!

  49. 49
    July 30th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I love the way how Spencer always match her clothes properly and dnt mix and match different colours together

  50. 50
    August 3rd, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    This was so helpful. This is exactly what I was looking for. I was looking to see where her style is from and how to dress like her.

  51. 51
    February 2nd, 2014 at 5:18 am

    I love spencer’s mode of dressing she really got it for fashion and a brainiac too… , buh loves emily cus she’s adorable

  52. 52
    July 3rd, 2014 at 5:53 am

    I love Spencer’s outfit.

  53. 53
    July 7th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    L love Spencer and i want to be her when i grow up and my mom thinks i could look just as pretty

  54. 54
    August 12th, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    I love spencer!!shes my favorite person in pll!! I love her style.thanx for the awsome tips. I could totally see her in those outfits!!

  55. 55
    August 12th, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I actually kinda look like her exept for the nose and kind of the face shape. But we are alike!!

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