How to Dress Like the Pretty Little Liars: Hanna

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Hanna Marin of Pretty Little Liars

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Hanna is quickly becoming my favorite character on Pretty Little Liars, and not just because of her killer (pardon the pun) style; the girl really has a heart of gold. She may be a Queen Bee, but in recent episodes, as she has faced enough troubles — family, friends, love, money, self-esteem — to make the average girl ditch the perfect curls and fall into a fashion rut. In addition, Hanna has shown a heartfelt and selfless side that Regina George never could… all while looking picture-perfect.

This post, the third in my series on Pretty Little Liars fashion, is all about how you can achieve Hanna’s trendy, feminine and glamorous style:

Who is Hanna Marin?

When we first met Hanna Marin, she was strutting down the hallways of Rosewood High like she owned the place… that is, when she wasn’t shoplifting from ritzy department stores. Not exactly the best start for the fab four’s sole blonde. But there’s more to Hanna’s story than just that of a poor little rich girl who rules the school.

Before Alison’s disappearance, Hanna was “Hefty Hanna,” an insecure and overweight outsider who longed to be the popular girl. Fast-forward to a year after Alison’s disappearance and Hanna has reinvented herself: She’s lost the extra weight, become besties with fellow outcast-turned-It-girl Mona, swapped sweats for designer duds and snagged the boyfriend of her dreams.

But, of course, nothing’s as perfect as it seems. Her parents’ divorce left a strain on her household, particularly in the financial department. While her mother begs for mortgage extensions and can barely afford to keep the fridge stocked, Hanna struggles to keep up the illusion of perfection she’s worked so hard to create. As she barters her designer bags for cash, forms a flirty bond with the school nerd and spends less time with her best friend Mona, Hanna begins to feel her It-girl status slipping away… The question is whether she still cares.

Hanna Marin's Flirty But Polished Wardrobe

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

How to Dress Like Hanna

Each of the Pretty Little Liars has a unique style… Aria dresses edgy bohemian, Spencer’s the prep and Emily prefers a sporty look, but what about Hanna?

Her style is trickier to pinpoint because her ensembles are eclectic. She borrows elements of everyone’s wardrobe to create looks that are strikingly chic with a touch of trend, femininity and glamor. Hanna looks like she’s heading to a hip soiree everyday rather than just trekking to class. Her look is very young Hollywood: It’s flirty and girly with a trendy edge.

Here are some tips for getting Hanna’s eclectic aesthetic for yourself:

  • The hallway is a runway. In Hanna’s world, there’s no such thing as dressing down. School — despite what moms usually say about it “not being a fashion show” — is her place to shine, and she wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to show off her style regardless of  impracticality or discomfort. To dress like Hanna, you have to approach dressing for everyday activities as an exciting chance to create something to be seen and make yourself stand out.
  • Balance girly frills with pieces borrowed from the boys. Hanna frequently mixes contrasting styles in one ensemble, pairing flirty dresses and ruffled tops with menswear-inspired structured blazers. To do this yourself, try putting a fitted jacket or boyfriend blazer over your favorite frilly dress.
  • Go blue. (Or find your signature hue.) Hanna wears so much blue! Sometimes her entire outfit is composed of blue garments, but it never looks dull because she’s knows how to work the monotone look. The trick? Mix up the shades! You can wear an outfit in all one color if you wear items in different shades of the hue. Just pick a color you love that flatters your skin and hair.
  • Define your waist. Hanna utilizes belts to define her natural waist, particularly when she’s wearing lots of layers. Wear a skinny belt over a blazer or buckle a thick one over your favorite fit-n-flare dress.
  • Enhance your outfit with eye-catching jewelry. Unlike Emily, Hanna doesn’t go minimal on the jewelry front: You’ll often seeing her layering long necklaces, reading texts from A with big cocktail rings on her fingers, or sporting big gold hoops in her ears.
  • Look luxe without spending big bucks. Hanna was accustomed to shopping at the pricey stores and wearing the hippest designer labels but now, like us college students, she finds herself adjusting to life in a “one paycheck family.” Fortunately, budget shopping doesn’t mean you have to let go of looking luxurious. Seek out designer collaboration lines at inexpensive retailers (like the Go International collections at Target, I Heart Ronson and Olsenboye at JCPenney or Vera Wang and Lauren Conrad’s collections for Kohl’s) and don’t settle for fabrics that look cheaply made or shabby. Splurge on wardrobe investments like a nice coat, a pair of jeans that fit like a dream or a versatile leather bag.
  • Be put-together, polished and poised. If you want to steal Hanna’s style, you’ve got to master looking perfectly polished. On any given day, whether she’s just doing homework in her kitchen or scouting out A in the woods, Hanna looks put-together and walks with poise.

Outfits for Inspiration

Hanna Marin Tough & Glam Outfit for Inspiration

Product Info – Chiffon Top: Forever 21, Necklace: Stella & Dot, Faux-Leather Pants: Forever 21, Bag: Urban Outfitters, Ring: Forever 21, Heels: Steve Madden

Hanna Marin - Modern & Bright Outfit for Inspiration

Product Info – Top: Forever 21, Jeans: American Eagle, Belt (Use to cinch natural waist): Gap, Bag: Nordstrom, Earrings: Forever 21, Wedges: Ami Clubwear

Hanna Marin - Polished Girly Outfit for Inspiration

Product Info – Dress: ModCloth, Blazer: Miss Selfridge, Wedges: Qupid, Flower Necklace: Stella & Dot (I think this necklace perfectly complements the dress. The problem? It’s pricey. I couldn’t find a similar one for less, so I included it for inspiration along with a budget-friendly necklace choice.), Stone Necklace: Urban Outfitters, Bangles: Forever 21, Ring: Urban Outfitters, Bag: Miss Selfridge

Get Hanna’s Pretty Beauty

Beauty Inspiration from Hanna Marin of Pretty Little Liars

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

Following my last post on Emily’s style, several of you asked for more on the girls’ beauty looks, so here are some tips and product suggestions to help you achieve Hanna’s Pretty look:

  • Pick shades to complement your eye color: Hanna’s eyeshadow for day always intensifies her stunning blue eyes. Make your own eyes pop by picking hues that complement their color. Products like Intense i-Color from Almay offer packages of shadows based on eye color so you get the perfect shades to enhance your brown, green, blue or hazel sparklers.
  • Rim and highlight your eyes: Hanna always lines her eyes and uses shadow with a hint of shimmer to make her baby blues sparkle. Apply a highlighter (shimmery shadow or cream) at the inner corners of your eyes and at the brow bone under your brow’s arch.
  • Naturally pink pout: A sheer gloss in a subtle pink or natural tone is all Hanna needs for her perfect pout.
  • Perfect curls: Perfect ringlet curls with a middle part are Hanna’s signature hair look. Up until the summer finale, she’d never worn her hair straight in an episode. So use a 1 inch barrel curling iron all over to get the Hanna aesthetic.
  • Trendy nail colors: Have fun with your nails and paint on trendy colors like those Hanna prefers. Not one to be bland, she always rocks bold shades like near-black or vibrant fuchsia.
Hanna Marin's Beauty Products

Product Info – Curling Iron: Conair, Sheer Gloss: CoverGirl Lipslicks, Gel Eyeliner: Maybelline, Highlighter: Moon Beam by Benefit, Eyeshadows: Almay, Nail Polish from Left to Right: Lincoln Park After Dark, Indi-a-Mood for Love and Russian Navy, all from OPI, Lipgloss: Lancome

What do you think?

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

35 thoughts on “How to Dress Like the Pretty Little Liars: Hanna”

  1. Love it! The second outfit is probably my favorite, especially the shoes you picked. Great post, I really look forward to this series. :]

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  2. I LOVE this!! You did an amazing job these outfits capture Hannah perfectly! I love the first one, so cute! I cannot wait unitl the next post! Keep up the work (:

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  3. Another fantastic article! I have to say that in the books, Hanna is definitely my least favorite character, but I love how they portray her on television. She is so much more likable and fashionable and is slowly becoming one of my favorite PLL ladies. I LOVE the third outfit- it captures her personality perfectly. Keep up the good work!

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  4. As a longtime daily reader of this blog, I’d like to say; Not everyone knows who these characters/people are- and from the summary on Wikipedia, it doesn’t look like something worthwhile other than to oogle at clothes. (That’s what this website and girly magazines are for!) I feel out of the loop and I cannot be the only one. Why not put this effort towards profiles of people that everyone knows?

    Thanks

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  5. Thanks everyone for the nice comments, they really perk up my day! I love when I write something that our readers enjoy. Thanks for taking the time to tell me you liked this post!

    Ella – While there are similarities between Hanna and Serena’s styles, I think the two girls are very different. Hanna is more polished and modest, while Serena is a bit more bohemian and sexier. Serena almost always shows lots of cleavage and wears barely-there skirts or skin-tight dresses. Hanna dresses more age appropriately and modestly.

    Aascot — If you’re unfamiliar with Pretty Little Liars, the third post in my series is not the best place to start : ) I explain the background of the show in the first post, Fashion Inspiration: Pretty Little Liars (http://www.collegefashion.net/inspiration/fashion-inspiration-pretty-little-liars/). It was actually a pretty big summer hit, so while you may not have heard of it or watched, there are definitely lots of fans out there (The first PLL post had 74 comments!). Fashion aside, it’s a really good show and I highly recommend it!

    Plus, if you only read about things you already know of, you miss out on lots of great people and inspiration! It gets tired to read about the main fashion fixtures that everyone always talks about. As a writer, I think its more valuable to create content that hasn’t already been explored and introduce readers to new things.

    Thanks for commenting!! I really appreciate your feedback.

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  6. I love this series and was waiting anxiously for you to do Hanna! I would also love to see an article on how to dress like Rachel Green from Friends. Even though the show is off the air, it is still one of the most popular comedies out there and Rachel’s style was awesome!! Also, would love to see something that updates the style of classic movie starts such as Audrey Hepburn!

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  7. Love Love Love these posts and the tv series! I just bought the books and I cannot put them down! I also feel you did an amazing job at capturing Hanna’s style with this post, and am super excited to see a post on Aria!

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  8. 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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  9. gah! ilove hanna and aria’s amazing style but the only thing that irks me is their heels! all of them always wear heels i adore but being 6 feet tall with only 3 inch heels i tower over everyone! love you post <3 xo

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  10. I LOVE HANNA MARIN! she’s my favorite pll character and i mean her style: OMGGG shes gorgeous, natural and everything positive! love her and pretty little liars!

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  11. I liked what you said about how to get her pretty clothes without spending a whe bunch of money, after all who has a whe bunch of money these days. I know what you said will help me when I’m shopping for clothes the next time! ^w^•

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  12. Hello! I love this, but could you tell me the names of the tops, because the link takes me to Forever 21 or whatever, but I cannot find the outfit by looking through all the things on Forever21.

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  13. Hey there, I really love this website and now i have a question:

    Can I get the last dress on the site somewhere else? Because I can´t find it on the names Website, I think it´s no longer in their collection. And I really LOVE this dress 😀

    So if somebody knows the name of the dress, the label or maybe a website where I can get it, please tell me 😀

    Thank you and sorry for my bad english, it´s not my first language 😉

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  15. Great article! I adore this show. While Hanna is too fashion-forward for me to emmulate, she’s my favorite character on the show. Any scene with her & caleb, I melt!

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  16. I wish you use more descriptioned ways to defie her style. Like saying what colors to see and put an outfit together. And saying what king of nail color she uses. And how he lines her eyes and stuff like that.

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