By far, my favorite subject in high school was English. Books can take you to another place; real or fake. They transport you away from reality and give you a mini vacation in your imagination. But best of all, they can change the way you view fashion. With so many books in the world, reading can be the best fashion inspiration of all. A glamorous Russian aristocrat, a young girl lost in a wondrous land, a smitten college grad in a tumultuous relationship with a wealthy businessman. You can take their stories and channel them into you everyday wardrobe.
This novel chronicles the consequences of a relationship that rocks an entire town. The main character, Hester Prynne, has an adulterous affair in Puritan New England and is forced to wear a scarlet A on her chest as punishment. Incorporate bright or deep reds into your outfit to reflect Prynne’s punishment. Try a casual deep scarlet dress with black lace up boots and accessorize with an initial necklace with the letter "A" of course. If you want an even more modern take on "The Scarlet Letter," check out the movie "Easy A" which was based off the book and stars my all time favorite funny girl, Emma Stone.
This popular yet risqué book tells the story of the relationship between Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. A large part of their relationship involves bondage and other type of BDSM. Channel their sexy relationship with a bustier or lingerie inspired clothing. Add in a necklace or bracelet with a tassel or handcuff link to add some spice to your 50 shades outfit.
One of my childhood favorites, Alice in Wonderland follows Alice’s adventures to a magical land filled with strange and nonsensical creatures. For a casual take on Alice’s look, pair white jeans with a feminine light blue top. Tie your hair back with a wide white ribbon and put on a necklace with a small clock pendant to pay homage to the White Rabbit. To honor the Red Queen of Hearts, add some red pumps or flats to complete the look.
You don’t need to wear Prada to channel this look. The Devil Wears Prada focuses on the struggles of a young writer taking on the position of assistant to a ruthless fashion magazine editor. Just like in the movie, Andrea’s fashion sense grows as she spends more time in the industry. Try to parallel this in your wardrobe by adding in more color, accessories and most of all, confidence. You don’t need to channel this book into one specific outfit, rather spend more effort in reflecting yourself through your clothes. If there is one fashion lesson to take away from this novel is it to be true to yourself.
Taking place in 19th century Russia, Anna Karenina tells of the forbidden love between Russian aristocrats. To channel this romantic era, pair rich and deep colors like burgundy, black, and gray with extravagant details such as fur (faux of course) and layers of pearls. With clothes like these you might even start to believe you are a Russian aristocrat in a forbidden love affair. And if that isn’t enough, Banana Republic is launching an "Anna Karenina" inspired collection in October.
This amazing book turned hit HBO series tells of the fictional 7 kingdoms and the struggle for power for those within. Take after the cold town of Winterfell and wear a heavy fur lined jacket (again, faux obviously) with darker clothes such as dark wash jeans and a brown long sleeve sweater. Allude to their symbol of the wolf with some jewelry with wolf symbolism. Or represent the Dorthraki with lots of leather, silver accessories, and gladiator sandals. Style your hair with an intricate braid to channel your inner Daenerys.
I was forced to read this book middle school and to be honest, it scared the crap out of me. I know I would never be able to survive on an island with other preteens. But if, for whatever reason, I was stranded on an island, I would definitely know what to wear because of this book. Because the boys were British schoolchildren, pair a brown blazer with a beige or white button down and high waisted tan shorts. To incorporate the island aspects, pair tribal and summery jewelry such as colorful bangles for a fun pop of color. Don’t forget a practical pair of glasses to pay homage to «Piggy».
What do you think of these outfits? What are your favorite books to channel inspiration from? What would you wear to channel these books?
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