Freshly Sharpened: Literary Looks
||Authored by Erica Dwyer||
Every fall I find myself diving into my favorite books again and again. This year, I couldn’t help but put together some looks based on my favorite characters. Classic books bring some of the most beautiful spirits and souls to life, and recreating that magic in our clothes lets us live in that world, if even for a few hours.
Alice in Wonderland
I have always been so drawn to the clean blue and white of Alice’s dress; it’s beyond classic. I updated the look for everyday with a tulle skirt, chambray, and suede boots in place of the classic white tights. I also repurposed her iconic black headband into an on-trend black choker.
I love that this look is one I would pick out anyway, but only I will know that my inspiration came from one of my favorite characters!
Okay, this look is a little less easy to pull off without screaming to the world “I am a grown adult who may have an unhealthy obsession with a children’s book series” *shamefully raises hand*, but it’s so worth it. One of the beauties of the Harry Potter world is the richness of the house colors. There’s the gold, the scarlet, the emerald. I am a Gryffindor, so I snatched this gold and red skirt as soon as I saw it. While it already screams Harry Potter to fans who know their stuff, I embraced that vibe with a crisp white button-down and a long black cardigan, which could or could not feel like Hogwarts robes, depending on your willingness to believe that you are actually a witch.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka has always been one of my favorite characters. However, as an adult experiencing the the story again, I can now also appreciate how truly decadent the character of Willy Wonka is. My look inspired by this book is a bit of a looser interpretation; I traded the top hat for a more practical sun hat, but I wanted to keep the luxury. I combined fabrics like a velvet blazer, lace tank and suede boots. Also, one of my favorite parts of Willy Wonka’s look is his ruffled tuxedo shirt, so I translated that into my everyday with a huge textured scarf. This look was so perfect for wandering around Wash Park on a cool morning and I loved letting the luxury of Willy Wonka set in a little bit!
What do you think? Do you have any favorite characters that influence your style?