'Girls' Fashion Recap: Dissecting Hannah's Iowa Look

In which Hannah finds a cheap apartment and "gets low."
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In which Hannah finds a cheap apartment and "gets low."
Screengrab: HBO

Screengrab: HBO

Things start out pretty positive for the "Girls" in episode two: Hannah is optimistic about Iowa and loves its ridiculous real estate, which I'm sure made every New Yorker watching consider a move. And from what we see via her limited correspondence with friends back home, Marnie's happy to be knitting her secret boyfriend a scarf, and Shoshanna and Jessa are enjoying unemployed life (watching "Scandal," reading "Girlboss") because three seasons in, these ladies still can't hold down a real job.

But since the focus of the episode was Hannah and her life in grad school, let's "metabolize" what she wore there.

Hannah's first outfit is as optimistic as she is in the beginning of the episode (and we all are on a first day of school). Of course, it wouldn't be Hannah if it weren't a little mismatched, hence the stripes with the floral jacket. But otherwise, she looks unusually put together. Her hair looks nice, her nails are done and her eyeliner looks like it was applied with some precision.

Screengrab: HBO

Screengrab: HBO

Of course, things go downhill from there, when the nocturnal appearance of a bat forces her to oversleep and rush to class in her zig-zag pajamas and an otherwise cute, collegiate-inspired yellow sweater -- an outfit she even keeps on to go to a bar later that night, and that makes her look especially sad biking to class and desperately calling her parents from a pay phone. Going to class in one's pajamas would be more acceptable and feel more realistic, we think, if she were an undergrad student (which, we later learn, she wishes she was). But it feels like something you'd try a little harder to avoid as a 25-year-old New Yorker who is not living on campus.

Screengrab: HBO

Screengrab: HBO

Fortunately, things look up again when Hannah comes home to find Elijah (the best character on this show?), who gets her to put on a fine outfit -- an Urban Outfitters-y, Flinstones-inspired printed dress that's not totally unflattering, paired with a neutral cardigan. It seemed as good as anything for dancing to the Yin Yang Twins and Jell-O wrestling.

Until next time.