Although I don't watch Pretty Little Liars myself, I seem to be in the minority among the PurseBlog team, as well as among my friends in general. When Gossip Girl started to lose its luster, a lot of women who were looking for a similarly soapy good time started watching the ABC Family show, but don't let the network's name fool you - the PLL's appeal seems to go far beyond the tweens and teens that you'd expect. The show's success has elevated its four man stars - Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell and Troian Bellisario, to varying levels of fame, and since the new season premiered earlier this week, we figured it was high time to take a look at their handbag collections.
The paparazzi seem to follow Lucy and Ashley with the most regularity, so we have more photos of them than their co-stars. Mostly, they make the kinds of handbag choices that you'd expect from starlets in their 20s on a Disney-backed network, but Ashley Benson in particular seems to be quite influenced by her Spring Breakers costars Selena Gomez (who loves Dolce & Gabbana) and Vanessa Hudgens (who loves to look like a hippie). Check out all of the best PLL handbag moments below.
We'll start with Lucy Hale, who seems to be the breakout star of the series. Often, she accessorizes in a way that's exactly the same as non-famous girls her age - with a Cambridge Satchel Company Fluoro Satchel and a Marc by Marc Jacobs Dreamy Logo Neoprene Laptop Case. Grab the bag for $155 or the laptop case for $68, both via ShopBop.
Stars - they're just like us! Here we have Lucy with a Marc by Marc Jacobs Tote. Shop Marc by Marc Jacobs via ShopBop.
Nice Chanel Cruise 2013 Tote, Lucy - we knew you had it in you.
Like any starlet, Lucy makes the rounds at her fair share of events, and she always has a fabulous clutch with her, like this Lulu Guinness Lips Clutch. Pick it up for $390 via Lulu Guinness.
The end detail on Lucy's Edie Parker Lara Clutch gives it an almost kaleidoscope effect. $995 via Neiman Marcus.
Another great clutch, this one a Devi Kroell Wooden Stone Clutch.
Last but certainly not least for Lucy, here we have an Edie Parker Edie Jean Confetti Clutch. $995 via Neiman Marcus.
We only found Troian Bellisario with one bag - this Rebecca Minkoff Quilted MAC Bag. Pick up the flat leather version for $295 via Nordstrom.
Shay Mitchell was a little easier to spot - here she is at New York Fashion Week with a Diane von Furstenberg Carolina Lips Clutch. Buy for $345 via Saks.
For a more casual feel, Shay chose the Tory Burch 797 Satchel. Pick up the tan version for $575 via Neiman Marcus.
Every starlet's gotta have a Chanel Classic Flap Bag, of course. Shop pre-owned and vintage Chanel via Portero.
Shay accented her little white dress with a little gold Alexander McQueen Knuckle Duster Clutch. The elongated version is $1,336 via Neiman Marcus.
Finally, my favorite of the PLL girls, Ashley Benson. Even if you don't watch the show, you might have seen her earlier this year in ultra-weird (and, in my opinion, awesome) move Spring Breakers, and perhaps its her adventures into cinema that have motivated the paparazzi to follow her eagerly. Here she is with a Marc Jacobs Stam Bag, back when the show started to take off. The Stam is still going strong for $1,395 via Neiman Marcus.
Ashley is indeed a Marc Jacobs fan - check out her Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Francesca Tote. Pick up the same bag for $538 via Nordstrom.
Like her Spring Breakers costar Vanessa Hudgens, sometimes Ashley's personal style goes a little bit haute-boho, like with this Ecote Patterned Collage Backpack. Get the same backpack for $49 via Urban Outfitters.
This Chanel Basket Bag looks like something Vanessa would totally carry. Shop pre-owned and vintage Chanel via Portero.
Ashley cleans up nicely, though - this Bulgari Serpenti Bag looks right at home on her shoulder. $2,200 via Bulgari.
Ashley's biggest handbag love seems to be Dolce & Gabbana, which is something she might have picked up from friend and Spring Breakers costar Selena Gomez, who also carries the brand regularly. Check out Ashley's Dolce & Gabbana Miss Sicily Soft Bag. Shop Dolce & Gabbana via Nordstrom.
Ashley has the same bag in a more structured version - the Dolce & Gabbana Miss Sicily Lace Bag. Shop the smaller version via Nordstrom for $1,845.
Personally, my favorite is Ashley's Dolce & Gabbana Miss Dolce Bag in beautiful dove grey. Pick up the orange version for $1,995.