'Girls' Fashion Recap: First Dates and Toothbrushes

Which is more likely to become a real life trend: colorful hair clips or neon toothbrushes?
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Which is more likely to become a real life trend: colorful hair clips or neon toothbrushes?

Sunday night's "Girls" episode was one of the best so far this season. Perhaps because it focused on fewer characters, it felt less scattered than some recent episodes. But more importantly (for this website, at least), there were many noteworthy fashion moments. We saw Hannah make her teaching debut, go on a proper first date and have a show down with Mimi-Rose.

And then there was Ace. Read on for our recap.

Hannah Really Became a Teacher

Photo: Craig Blankenhorn/HBO

Photo: Craig Blankenhorn/HBO

Well, a substitute one at least. At first I wasn't sure what to make of Hannah's teacher look because it's hard for me to imagine someone my age being a teacher, as often as that might be the case. The school presumably doesn't have much of a dress code, and if Hannah is going for the cool-teacher thing, then she is succeeding. And if this show is trying to make hair clips a huge trend for spring (which it kind of is -- more on that later), then it's making a valiant effort.

The Lizard Shirt!

Screengrab: HBO

Screengrab: HBO

The lizard shirt makes its third appearance on "Girls." While we're big fans of the shirt in general, Elijah was right to deem it inappropriate for a first date, especially with the nice normal guy from "Obvious Child." Learn more about this shirt's fascinating origins here.

Hannah's Actual Date Outfit

Photo: Craig Blankenhorn/HBO

Photo: Craig Blankenhorn/HBO

Hannah went surprisingly formal for her drinks date with the history teacher. Perhaps she had known all along she was going to see Adam and wanted to look her best when she did? While the dress is pretty, and the shoes even better, it seems a bit too dressy for the casual bar they seem to be at.

A New Hair Look for Marnie

Photo: Craig Blankenhorn/HBO

Photo: Craig Blankenhorn/HBO

For a second there, we thought Marnie's hair was actually starting to look really good. The easy, undone waves she had going on in the last episode were great and enviable. Then, this. A half-assed attempt at a bouffant and super-straight hair, paired with bright pink lipstick and and electric blue bag. Kudos to the hair stylist for making this look like something Marnie did herself.

Mimi-Rose Continues to Dress Neutrally

Photo: Craig Blankenhorn/HBO

Photo: Craig Blankenhorn/HBO

Mimi-Rose went for a disheveled, just-threw-this-on look for her art show, wearing the same paint-splattered jacket she wore in the previous episode with jeans and a chambray button-down. The look doesn't really elicit a positive or negative reaction -- kind of like how we'd see a dude's outfit. The hair is weird -- it feels like more of it should be up for a proper half up, half down look.

Ace

Photo: Craig Blankenhorn/HBO

Photo: Craig Blankenhorn/HBO

With his backwards baseball cap, thick-rimmed glasses and blazer with a tank top look, Ace, played by Zachary Quinto, might be the most ridiculous "Girls" character yet. Here's hoping for a future explanation of the toothbrush-as-fashion-accessory situation that's happening here.