DTNGFASHION S4E2: Ghost in the Machine Part 2 Aired: 2004
We kick off Part 2 with Ashley. Ugh, reconciling with Craig unfortunately. I still don’t understand how this happens. Although, I am reminded of this one time in college, I was walking by the Student Union Building, and this super cool guy was walking past me, opening some mail. This super cool guy like hardly ever spoke and just seemed too good for everyone. Anyway, he opened this envelope and he got a huge check for a bunch of money. So he exclaimed this to me, since I was the closest person around. We weren’t friends or anything but I was low-key honored for that interaction. My point is, that good fortune can bring people together. Craig getting a whole bunch of money is what reignited the conversation between the two. Anyway, on to the fashion. Carrying over from last episode, Ash is wearing that reddish denim jacket. Then she’s in something really weird – a tee with like, denim sleeves? Not sure how that worked. Maybe it’s a tee layered over a denim shirt. But that doesn’t seem comfortable. And this shirt says “F-14 Tomcat”, which I googled, and it is an aircraft. lol. Learning every day. Her hair is just really flipped out and really choppy. I can never decide if I like it. I mean, Ashley is hot though. I feel like she’s one of those people that just exudes some type of majesty in person. Oh yeah, and I added this last screenshot to show the low-rise jeans and studded belt.
This is just downtrodden Manny being constantly pursued by and disappointed in JT. It’s kinda sad that we don’t actually get to SEE if anyone is harassing her about her pregnancy or subsequent abortion. This was to coddle the US audience I’m sure, but I wonder if anyone really would have bullied or shamed her? What kind of things might be said in the halls? First she wears this Asian-inspired blouse with a zip-up short sleeve hoodie which is kinda hilarious but also really realistic in that our outfits back then really weren’t very put-together. Next she’s seen in like a racing jacket of some kind. The next shirt is a floral ruffly bell sleeve blouse which is super cute. And finally, the famous patchwork fur jacket with casual khakis. Manny wears her hair in a resigned low bun throughout, symbolizing her shame and penance.
Ah yes, Amy gets a nice roundup this episode. She always wears a high ponytail. We see her in a couple of jackets and hoodies, and then she decides to try moving in on Sean again in a horizontally-striped v-neck and low-rise pants. I wanna just skip right to THE party outfit. It’s a great athletic-inspired off-the shoulder top, with a mini skirt and boots. Fantastic!
A new episode is already upon us. This is a fun one too, because we get to hang out with the baddies! And we kick off with Alex, one of my favorite characters ever. I love early Alex too, because she’s so intimidating and mysterious. We haven’t yet seen her living situation or her vulnerabilities. She’s got this stacked hair cut and wears a lot of plain tees, tanks, zip up hoodies, and hoop earrings. Also the headphones necklace. What are all these baddies listening to, anyway? Oh yeah, and get a load of these baggy khakis. YES. Okay, I do want to say that we see a little snippet of vulnerability when Alex is very upset about Amy passing out. I also think it’s kind of weird that like, the next school day Alex (Jay actually) is asking how Amy is? Come on. I think Alex would know. I really don’t believe Alex would avoid seeing Amy in the hospital or whatever.
DTNG FASHION S3E18: Rock ‘n’ Roll High School Aired: 2004
Paige wears a maroon 3/4 sleeve tee with some sort of graphic design on it. She tucks her sunnies into her shirt like always, and wears that blue bag like always. She has some flare jeans on as well. We briefly see her in a pink sweater before she struts the hallway with Hell Hath No Fury.
DTNG FASHION S3E18: Rock ‘n’ Roll High School Aired: 2004
Ash is really serving some SPITEFUL energy this episode. Like OUCH. Anyway, her style is like, touches of punk rock without being too overt. Kinda subtle. Definitely realistic as well, reflecting teens at the time with limited resources still trying to convey an image. Okay, so we have the flipped-out layered hair going still. Standard graphic tees but make them edgier with a denim jacket, studded belt, or a leather bracelet. That midi skirt in the second outfit … I thought I hated it but the more I stared I realized, it works. She rocks it. And finally, Ashley transforms into full rocker-chick with the Hell Hath No Fury tees featuring Craig’s face. “It’s amazing what you can do with a computer these days.” It looks really cool with the low-rise pants and studded accessories.
DTNG FASHION S3E15: Accidents Will Happen Part 2 Aired: 2004
Oh lord, Manny was SO close to almost upgrading her relationship to Ashley as “civil” or even “cordial”, but any damage control progress she had made came CRASHING down when Ashley heard Manny was impregnated. Anyway, she wears an obvious 2000s-rocker graphic tee under an olive khaki jacket, low rise jeans and a studded belt.
Ah, Manny. The Other Woman. She’s reached the point of ultimatum here. UGH. Let’s not talk about everything that’s wrong with this triangle. Instead let’s talk about the style. First, she’s calling Craig from home, wearing some orange thing and looking especially young. Then, she’s wearing her ice skating outfit. I always liked those when I was little and would watch ice skating. Then, she’s hanging in Joey’s basement in a purple ski jacket. And this next jacket, this patchwork fur jacket in black, browns, and red is kind of iconic in my mind. It just stands out in my memory. And the very last fit is this feminine, frilly, multicolored pink and purple blouse paired with these super low-rise jeans and probably no underwear.
Here are a few miscellaneous shots from the rave, although you can’t really discern anyone’s fashion choices in this blob of people. However, I did think this girl in the background behind Chris and Emma showed a great demonstration of 2000s stylings – low rise flares, a crop top, and bellybutton ring. Complete with that super flat stomach that in actuality is rarely humanly possible.
This is it, folks. Another absolutely iconic Manny fashion episode. Second only to the first appearance of the thong I’d say. She’s on a MISSION you guys – to SEDUCE Craig into loving her. Somehow it worked, for a while, too. First she’s wearing this skin-tight athletic-inspired tee, with low-rise casual khakis. Her hair is so curly and lovely. Let’s move on. The RAVE. The CLUB outfit. Carefully curated by Manny on a mission. First is this pink and yellow crop top with flared sleeves. Then, this immaculate pink thong emerging from her low-rise super-tight jeans. And then hoop earrings, the hoopiest hoops ever. Also, super big hair. It’s really a shame that we don’t get a full view of this ensemble. And finally, we are back at school and Manny is wearing all pink – a light pink athletic set with a satin track jacket and white shoes. And she has a big blowout with Emma that somehow invisibly resolves itself.