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The Wardrobe Misrepresentation of Teenage Television

The Misrepresentation of Teenage Television If you’re anything like me, you probably have an unhealthy fetish for teenage television. Don’t get me wrong, I frequent CNN and Fox News on a daily basis; right after I’ve watched the latest episode of Pretty Little Liars. Thousands, if not millions, tune in each week to watch the teenage mystery-thriller, loosely based on the popular series of novels written by Sara Shepard. The show centers around four estranged best friends Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily, who are reunited after their best friend, Alison, goes missing only to discover they are receiving messages from an anonymous “A”. It is the type of television series which keeps the viewer, mainly teenagers and young adults, on their toes and guessing throughout each season. As if murder and intrigue weren’t enough, the show has it’s fair share of relationship drama, sexuality crisis, parental issues, and much more.

The Misrepresentation of Teen TV It’s pretty much the exact plot which centers around almost every teenage television series, past and present. But as I was watching the latest episode last week, it left me to wonder about the wardrobe choices each character wore. Not only are the outfits on the show incredibly stylish, they’re unrealistic. Unless you’re waltzing into Hollywood High, where it’s customary for teens to sport designer duds; you’re not going to find a sixteen-year-old rocking 6-inch heels and a Gucci handbag. But to be fair, Pretty Little Liars isn’t the only show in which the main characters’ wardrobe consists of designer labels.

The Misinterpretation of Teen TVCharacters on previous shows such as Gossip Girl, The Lying Game, and 90210, were all dressed as if they were attending a Friday night at Les Deux, rather than a 6 hour day at school. Their make-up is flawless, their hair is perfectly styled, and they always appear to have a designer handbag in hand. It’s an falsified representation of how teens look today and therefore somewhat annoying to watch. Don’t get me wrong, I love fahion just as much as the next fashionista. I would just prefer it remain one the catwalk; not on my favorite T.V show’s.

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I am a journalistic enthusiast, born and bred in Washington, D.C. When I'm not busy meticulously constructing posts, I can be found burying my head in an epic novel, cooking a delicious mess in the kitchen, scouring local thrift stores, and spending way too much time binging on Netflix (Arrested Development anyone?). I cannot live without a good playlist (Billy Holiday is preferred), working wifi (sometimes not always working), and Dunkin Donuts coffee (caramel swirl is my go-to flavor). If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to direct them to the email below. Happy Reading!

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