How to Dress Like the Pretty Little Liars: Aria

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Aria Montgomery style - Pretty Little Liars

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As I’ve been writing this series on Pretty Little Liars fashion, one thing has been constant: week after week, commenters have begged, “Do one on Aria next!”

Finally, the time has come. The truth is, I wanted to save the best for last. Sure, I love Spencer’s modern prep style, Hanna’s fem glam looks, and Emily’s tomboy-cool fashion sense, but I get most excited (and sometimes perplexed) by what Aria wears each week on the show. This post is all about her unique, edgy bohemian style.

Who is Aria Montgomery?

Aria Montgomery has just returned home after a year spent living abroad with her father, a college professor; her mother, an artist; and her adorable younger brother. Though she looks more put-together than ever and seems to have matured and become more confident while away, things are not what they seem (a common theme among all the Liars).

Aria’s family is imploding due to her father’s infidelity: Her brother is getting into trouble at school, her mom has moved out, and her relationship with her dad is strained. Meanwhile, her love life is just as complicated. Turns out the college guy she met and hooked up with in a bar bathroom over the weekend was her new English teacher come Monday morning. Oops!

Despite her good-natured instincts to do the right thing and keep those she cares about happy, trouble seems to follow Aria Montgomery. Lucky for us, she has no trouble in the wardrobe department.

(Photo Credits: 1, 2, 3, 4)

How to Dress Like Aria Montgomery

For Aria, experimenting with style is nothing new — it was hard to miss her Avril-esque duds and pink streaks in PLL flashbacks — but since spending a year living in Iceland, she’s returned to the small town of Rosewood with a big city aesthetic.

The Aria Montgomery style is a sophisticated balance of luxe materials (well-worn leather, velvet and chiffon) with urban-chic accents (zippered heels, chain-handle bags, patterned knee-highs and chunky motorcycle boots). There’s always a softness to Aria’s look — she wears skirts and dresses frequently — but she also has a rebellious streak that pushes the envelope.

Aria Montgomery Style 101:

Here’s how you can take inspiration from Aria’s fashion sense:

  • Embrace the dark side. Aria wears lots of layers, different textures, and interesting patterns, but bright colors? Never. She favors the dark side; her closet is loaded with black, brown, burgundy, gray, plum and aubergine (some of which are hot colors for fall).
  • Dare to do the unexpected. To dress like Aria, you need a sense of adventure when it comes to clothes: Think outside the box about combinations and play around with new styles. Don’t worry about what “everyone else” is wearing; set your own trends. Want to wear sheer fishnet knee-highs? Go for it. As Aria shows us, you should dress for yourself.
  • Look for items with unique touches. A sequin and lace party dress with embellished chain shoulders? Aria’s been there, done that. To channel her, invest in pieces that have interesting details that set them apart from the rest. You’ll stand out in the crowd.
  • Embrace legwear. Tights, thigh-highs, knee socks and ankle socks are must-haves for fall and some of Aria’s favorite pieces. They keep your legs toasty (key when transitioning your summery dresses into fall) and they work with a plethora of shoes. Extend the life of your favorite strappy sandals past summer by wearing them with socks.
  • Mix it up. Combine different textures, fabrics, colors and patterns. Mix a cotton dress with a leather jacket, try wearing a plaid dress with a crochet shrug, or top off a silk dress with a sheer chiffon top. Those are just some examples of how Aria layers and shakes things up in her wardrobe, as seen in the above pictures.
  • Find your signature look. Ever notice that Aria wears skirts and leather jackets a lot? Find what you like and what flatters your body, then embrace it as a signature style in your wardrobe.
  • Bet on boots. Boots, the quintessential fall footwear of choice, can instantly transform an outfit. A floral sundress has a totally different look when paired with motorcycle boots, and jeans and a t-shirt get amplified when you add stiletto booties. Aria prefers tougher breeds of boots, like motorcycle and combat styles. A good compromise between utilitarian and feminine is the desert boot — the style is sure to be big this fall.

3 Aria-Inspired Outfits

Aria's Edgy Romantic Style

Product InfoDress, Jacket, Bag, Thigh-Highs, Necklace, Clogs, and Earrings.

Casual Yet Trendy Look for Aria

Product Info Vest, Dolman Top, Necklace, Pants, Desert Boot Wedges, and Beret.

Aria's Layered and Eclectic Style

Product InfoWhite Shirt, Dress, Bag, Bangles, Boots, Necklace, and Tights.

Get Aria’s ‘Pretty’ Beauty

Aria Montgomery of Pretty Little Liars

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Aria, despite being absolutely gorgeous courtesy of Mother Nature, doesn’t skimp on the makeup. She wears full eye makeup to school, always has extra-thick lashes, and plays up her plump lips with deep-toned stains and tinted balms. Aria is also blessed in the hair department: her locks are super shiny and flow in big waves. Aria is, in a word, striking.

Here are some tips and products to help you recreate Aria’s ‘Pretty’ look:

  • Make eyeliner your best friend. When it comes to making your eyes pop, eyeliner needs to be your go-to beauty tool. Rimming your eyes in black (or black-brown) like Aria does will instantly enhance your look. Try using a gel eyeliner for bold impact and longevity. To apply, close your eye and pull your lid taut towards your ear (gently, of course). This creates a flat surface for the liner. Begin lining at the inner corner of your eye, working your way to the outer corner. At first, stick as close to the lash line as you can. Then slowly make the line thicker for added drama. You want the line to get thicker gradually as you work toward the outer corner of your eye. When you line your lower lids, stick just to the lash line at first. Some people don’t like lining their “water line” (the wet part just above your lower lashes) but it’s a personal preference.
  • Bat those lashes. Aria’s eyelashes are dark, thick and sexy. Copy her look with a plumping mascara, an eyelash curler, an eyelash comb and, if you’re feeling daring, falsies. Start by curling your lashes. Then apply the mascara from the base of your lashes to the end; wiggle the wand back and forth as you go for extra volume. Finish by separating any clumps with the lash comb (typically found on the opposite end of a brow brush).
  • Use eye shadows in dark and matte — but natural — shades. Aria wears a lot of eyeshadow, but it never looks trampy or flashy because she uses matte and nature-based colors (like brown and gray). Take the guesswork out of shading by finding a shadow palette in coordinating tones. Then start with the medium-range color in the palette and apply shadow to your entire lid from lash line to brow bone. Next, use a crease brush in the next darkest shade or the darkest color in the palette and color along your lid crease from the outer corner to the center of the lid. Blend with your finger. Finally, use the lightest color to highlight the inner corner of your eye and just above the brow bone under your arch.
  • Intensify your brows. Noticed Aria’s brows? They’re fierce. To get her look, start by tweezing stray hairs while keeping your shape thick with an arch. Then fill in your brows using a brow brush or a shadow brush with short, firm bristles and an eyeshadow that matches their color.
  • Paint your pout. Stain your lips in a dark, rich color that flatters your complexion. Keep the finish matte, or if you need some moisture, go for a tinted balm instead of a high-shine gloss.
  • Rock neutral but noticeable nails. Aria’s nails are always neutral and dark — what a surprise! — but she doesn’t just stick to black. Try out dark gray, deep plum, rich burgundy, or taupe like Aria has on Pretty Little Liars.
  • Do a shiny ‘do with wavy ends. Aria’s hair has a luscious sheen and falls into gorgeous big waves. To emulate her look, try a thickening shampoo, a shine product, and finish by wrapping ends around a large curling iron.
Aria's Beauty Picks

Product Info Lip stain, Matte Lipstick, Eyelash Curler, Brow/Lash Tool, False Eyelashes, Liquid Liner, Eyeshadow, Gel Eyeliner, Crease Brush, Tweezers, Mascara, OPI Nail Lacquer in Over the Taupe, China Glaze in Recycle, OPI Nail Lacquer in Plugged-In Plum, and Shine Spray.

What do you think?

Did you enjoy this series on Pretty Little Liars fashion? Do you like Aria’s style? Will you be watching the next season? What other fashion inspiration series would you like to see here? Please leave a comment and thanks for reading.

54 thoughts on “How to Dress Like the Pretty Little Liars: Aria”

  1. I wish I could do my hair like hers. Unfortunately, a thickening shampoo and a curling iron don’t work on naturally thick, curly, frizzy hair 🙁

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  2. I love this! Aria’s style is amazing, and this post is so thorough and I could definitely see her wearing the outfit inspirations. The girl has so much confidence in the fashion department. And I also love her bags!

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  3. I love these segments about TV stars style! Please do The Vampire Diaries next, it is just bursting with style! 🙂

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  4. This article is fantastic, thank you so much for all the hard work that went into writing it. I adore Aria’s style and those outfits and the makeup are great!

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  5. all i can say is FINALLY 🙂 i love Aria, her clothes look like a more fabulous version of my own. we dress so simalar & i was waiting for this since u first started the series! thank you! she is most def my fashion inspiration.

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  6. Yay I loved your breakdown of Aria’s style it was the best yet I think you should od fashion breakdowns for 90210,The vampire diaries or one tree hill the characters all have great style

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  7. I have been waiting for this one!!!! most excellent and such great suggestions! I’m about to go through my closet and put some Aria-Inspired outfits together!

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  8. This is such a great article! “Pretty Little Liars” is my guilty pleasure. 🙂 But I beg of you, PLEASE, do a style breakdown for the stars of the British TV show, “Skins”! It has some FIERCE style. You want to see daring? Just look at the character Effy on that show, and she’s not the only one with some serious style. I promise you, that show does not disappoint in the style department!

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  9. I love Aria Montgomery’s style! Can you make more Aria inspired outfits? Maybe when the second half of the season starts up again? 🙂

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  10. Thank you soo much for putting this article together, for doing the whole series on the pretty little liars fashion. I mean this is amazing, i have been waiting for your article on aria. you wrote so many helpful tips and i love them. Arai is my favorite on the show, the way she rocks such cute, fierce and gorgoeus outfits each episode, is so cool. i am so excited and counting the days for season 2 in january. thanks again, you really did a great job creating outfit looks and nailing the style of aria that all of us who admire her creative cute style can love. so cool, my request would be if you could do a style article of Silver on 90210 INCLUDING the other girls on the show as well. im so glad i found this article. my style board now has some inspiration!!

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  11. I love pretty little liars and u did a great job!!! If u could do a post on Ali’s style (from the flashbacks) I would really appreciate it. In the books she’s my favorite character and her style is really cute too

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  12. i love the show and i love aria she is my role model im going try her look i love egdey look and i know wetseal have some of clothes that i can copy i love to try coping celebs clothes and makeup but i really love arai look i think she is so very pretty .

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  13. I really liked this article. It was totally spot on and makes me what to hit the stores right away. My only downfall is that I can’t wear heels at work, my feet would hate me for it! lol

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  14. 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

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  15. My hair is kinda complicated because is frizzy and curly :/. I really liked this article, has a lot of details that make the difference to mak you look a better hair. If you could make a post about Aria’s personality it’ll be great 🙂

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  16. Dark colours, leather jackets, skirts, tights, and motorcycle boots have been staples of my style long before PLL. I particular like her clothes in the second (from the left) picture in the first row of four. The dark purple is lovely and paired with that jacket makes it super hot. .

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  17. Ever since I saw PLL I was HoOkEd!!!! I totally LoVe Aria’s look!!! And for the past 2 or 3 days I have been trying to find things about her style!! And this was the BeSt one!!! Thank you SOOOO much for putting this up!!!

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  18. i love the outfits ! i am a little youngr than lucy,but i still love to dress like her.And i think its really easy for me to dress like her….since i kind of look like her.

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  19. I love her style, I actually did my make-up while watching a youtube tutorial on how to do make-up like Aria’s. I went into work and got so many compliments, one girl even saying “wow you look pretty today”… like I dont look pretty another day lol? I love the article!

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  20. Hi guys!
    I totally love Aria’s look, and I thought you might help me. I’m searching for that dark-brown jacket Aria wears in 2×23 and 2×22 . It’s the second picture, on the first image. Please, please, help me.
    Thank you.

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  21. i love aria’s clothes and character it makes her so amazing and pretty!!!!!! Hopefully I’ll find a way to do something like her!!!

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  22. Fantastic post! I have noticed this is pretty old though, it would be awesome to do an updated post on the Liars fashion, it was evolved with the series after all! Especially Emily’s, she’s definately more of a trendsetter now.

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  23. Fantastic! I am getting on board late in the game on this show, but I am devouring it on Netflix and I love love love your article on the fashion! Watching this show has definitely influenced my style

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  24. I love this! I’ve been waiting for Aria for SO long (even though I’m more of a Hanna-fan) and you didn’t disappoint. 🙂

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  25. Omigosh, I have been wanting for this forever and you just happened to post it on my birthday <3333 Thank you for that xD It was a nice surprise <333

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  26. I love, love, love Aria’s style. I’ve been trying to emulate her edgy and worldly look. Also, thank you for mentioning Lucy Hale’s eyebrows (that sounds kind of weird to say lol). I, like Lucy Hale, was blessed with thick, dark, strong eyebrows. I used to hate them, back when skinny was in. But many more celebrities are rocking strong brows nowadays. I’ve learned to love my eyebrows, and I love any fashionista who is also willing to use what she was born with, rather than waxing and plucking them into an unnatural style (see: Camilla Belle).

    This post was fantastic. It just made me even more in love with leather jackets.

    Also, I definitely want to try transitioning my summer dresses into fall by pairing them with a long-sleeve shirt underneath.

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  27. Ive never even seen this show but I loooove this look.
    I relate to it the most out of any fashion style I think I’ve seen on college fashion…

    It’s a bit edgy without being gothic or too rocker/grunge, feminine without being girly. SO me!!!

    I love it! this character is my new style inspiration lol.

    thanks guys

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  28. @Annie – You could try using a frizz-minimizing shampoo, then blow-drying or flat-ironing your hair straight, and then try to get her curls with a curling iron. Or just rock your natural curls; I’m sure there are many flat-and-thin-haired girls (like me!) out there that are envious of what you were naturally blessed with!

    Thanks for commenting!! I appreciate everyone’s input and feedback.

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  29. ?! I really like Aria’s style.. 🙂 Maybe it has to do with me and dark colors. But it’s so effortlessly chic. I wants a leather jacket.. STAT!

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  30. I absolutely love all the advice u gave. Thanks! Maybe next time you can include tips on. How to create the perfect aria inspired hair

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  31. My style is very similar to hers but im wondering what she would wear on holiday in a hottish country, any ideas?

    Thankyou x

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  32. Wow ! Aria really has great tastes , and her style is super-cool . She’s my favorite caracter . Could you do a post on Ali’s style ( I know that’s not really easy ) ? I love her style too and I would really appreciate it . Thanks !

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