Ashlee clearly wanted to differentiate herself from her sister. Mission accomplished: Ash was seen as the rebellious, edgier sister, whereas Jess remained the bubblegum blonde bombshell.
Ashlee tried out a new, softer look. But unfortunately, this colour just wouldn't work without the fake tan to support it.
Not only had Ashlee returned to her signature long, blonde locks, but she was also debuting a much skinnier frame. This sparked a lot of controversy, with a lot of gossip mags claiming Ash was "anorexic".
I, personally, think that this was Ashlee's best look. Long, wavy blonde hair, no longer skeletal and finely-tuned fashion-skills make for a killer combination.