I love when Hazel and Paige are kinda coordinating. Here at the lunch table, Haze is in a sea-foam green and Paige is in a corally-pink. At cheer practice she has this awesome athleisure halter, and finally she’s in a blue blouse with a tie at the neck. And she’s sporting the super skinny eyebrows. I used to think that was so pretty. A part of me still does.
Oh right, we are kicking Season 5 off with a huge bang… Manny is coming in HOT am I right? Yeah things really get out of control in this season. We are kind of losing the relatability here. Sure, teen girls definitely struggle with fitting into beauty standards. Relatable. But we can’t relate to pursuing big-time acting and shopping for plastic surgery. I’m picturing Degrassi’s hand slipping out of my own as the relatability is plummeting and my grip is weakening. At least we have the whole “parents-willing-to-disown-you-at-the-drop-of-a-hat” bit. That’s relatable.
But let’s move on to the fashion. We start off with this swimsuit moment, featuring Manny in a hot pink bikini and large sunnies. And let me just say, I am LIVING for this S5 Manny hair. I ADORE these voluminous and perky shag. Next, her brows are waxed, her earrings are big, her tank is tight, and her khakis are low. Then she goes to the mall and tries on blonde wigs. What is our fixation with blondeness anyway? We briefly see her in a nice sequined tank layered over another tank and under a cardi. OH, I see, she’s trying these clothes on in the store. She’s also got low-rise jeans and a grommet belt here.
Next, for her impromptu audition with a talent agent, she wears gold wedges, a yellow ruffled mini skirt, and a matching tiny vest over what seems to be a bandeau. I mean, she really went all out for this look. Those tiny vests were SUCH a thing, I hope more of these show up as we go along. But the talent agent just let her have it. Then, we have a moment with this flip phone before we are back at school. I’m counting old tech as fashion. Manny is wearing her very famous stretchy orange halter under a weird green and orange zip up hoodie. Damn that hair is flouncy! She ties the hoodie around her waist to get verbally abused by her parents… before she goes to a rock-bottom party… where… well, you know what happens.
DTNGFASHION S4E21: Goin’ Down the Road Part 1 Aired: 2005
I always liked Manny’s look for her brief appearance in the movie. (This is what made her a star? lol) She sports super skinny eyebrows, her hair looks like she had a blowout, and this cheerleader uniform is in red which is a color Manny doesn’t wear often.
West End Girls being the Manny vs. Paige episode means we get a good helping of Paige. And Paige in pink is just me favorite! First she’s seen at Spirit Squad, forgetting the dance routine. Notice her super grunge-looking eye makeup. I guess it’s better likened to raccoon eyes given the era though. Next she’s seen at the store Pretty Pretty Pretty or whatever, trying on that gorgeous dress with her big black bra straps hanging out. I’ll say it again, this cropped length is a really weird pairing with a dropped waist. Next we see her with Matt wearing a very Paige-y top, silver jewelry, and frosty makeup. And even with a broken leg, Paige won’t miss that dance. She clomps on in, corsage in her boot, raging on pain killers. She wears a cute pink furry bolero with the dress, and one strappy pink heel.
Although Hazel doesn’t really have a big part in this episode, it IS one of her better moments throughout the show. First she wears this New York zip up jacket with her cross body bag, and she’s kinda trying to feed Manny tips on how to reconcile with Paige. Then she’s seen in Pretty Pretty Pretty, isn’t that the name of the store? And I don’t know if she’s trying dresses on, or if she’s really wearing this halter with her bra straps hanging out. Then she’s seen in her Spirit Squad uniform, and finally, I don’t know why she wears all black to the dance. Wonder if Paige “made” her. Also would like to take a moment for Hazel’s eyebrow game. Skinny and sharp, I always love when the brows are so skinny you can see the brow muscle underneath, you know what I mean? Oh yeah and this is where Hazel TELLS PAIGE OFF! Just this once. And it’s great.
Time for all the miscellaneous grabs from this episode. First is this horrid group at The Dot. Ah, I see from their book that they are a birdwatchers club. They’re dressed awfully rugged to be strolling around a city park gazing at birds. The leader of this group has tiny glasses and skinny eyebrows. We sure liked things small around the eyes back then, didn’t we? Next is this nurse at the blood drive. She’s scary. And she’s wearing scrubs, nothing really to talk about there. Caitlin’s camera dude is wearing a khaki jacket. Blood donors are wearing baggy or flared jeans with white tennies. And here’s Dylan’s new dude – what was his name… Eric or something? I can’t believe I didn’t take note. He’s wearing a black tank and a puka shell necklace. We briefly see a janitor in work clothes – not sure why I included that.
Caitlin appears with a ketchup red pixie cut, skinny eyebrows, and a fuchsia turtleneck to do a news piece on the school blood drive. Then she’s seen in this flare-sleeve silhouette that I’ve come to associate her with. This maroon looking top has a deep V and she pairs it with some dark slacks. Growing up I’ve always thought Caitlin was pretty but the hair was never quite right. Ya know? I mean it’s none of my business and to this day I can’t say what I think the best style on her is. But regardless you gotta respect the experimentation.
Yippee, we enter the year 2005 with a new episode and Alex! She’s wearing her usual, a white tank with hoop earrings, casual khakis, and her bra straps hangin out. Then she classes it up a bit, with her hair clipped up and a brown tee. It’s a totally different look. She’s also sporting her cross-body bag and tucks her shades into her shirt just like Paige does. Probably because your hair will get stuck in the nose piece if you wear them on top of your head.
I’ve got pages of Paige to share today (ha)! First she’s in a sky blue, which has got to be one of her best colors! Also she’s got very matte makeup, almost grunge-like eyeshadow, and nice skinny 2000s eyebrows. Oh yeah, and when she realizes Snake might have seen her out in public with Mr. O, she hurriedly dons this pink cowboy hat which I LOVE! Then she’s in class in a dusty pink top which has some ruffle detail. Actually, this might be better describes as a “tunic” because this thing is long, going down past her hips. I hated that era of clothing, the whole “is this a shirt of a dress?” thing. Ugh. She also wears a messenger bag and flare jeans. And this is the outfit that she wears while fighting Manny. I hate that such an iconic moment lasted like 7 seconds and was never spoken of again. When Paige stalks Mr. O and finds his apartment, she wears a burgundy 3/4 sleeve graphic tee. We get a work uniform moment as well… and finally, a peachy paisley blouse with cuffed flare jeans and stilettos.