The streets may be littered with fashion, but that isn’t the only place to pull inspiration from. Some of our great literary heroines weren’t lacking in style, so follow suit!
The Great Gatsby
With the 2012 release of Fitzgerald’s classic, The Great Gatsby, we can have many things to look forward to. A sure-to-be-phenomenal performance from Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. A visual feast and spectacular colors from Baz Luhrmann (Romeo+Juliet, Moulin Rouge). And of course, who doesn’t love seeing Fitzgerald’s work come to life? But I think the thing all of us at Chictopia are MOST excited for are the clothes!
Oh that Daisy Buchanan with her flowy dresses and various shades of pale tones. With Summer just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to start being inspired by that wicked, wicked woman. Look for midi-maxi dresses with ultra lightweight fabric and a drop waist. This See By Chloe dress is a very feminine look that would feel very East Egg. Another option for day is this Day Birger chiffon dress. Finish off your day look with a round toe pump and a cloche. For her evening looks, it’s all about the glitz and glamour of the flapper era. Beads, higher hems, sheer fabrics, and a cut just generous enough to cut a rug. Anna Sui got it right with this kicking little number. And Topshop tones down the 20’s and makes it just modern enough. Strappy metallic heels with a medium heel will keep you doing the jitterbug all night.
Remember, adopt Daisy’s style, but never her attitude.
The Sun Also Rises
She’s a personal favorite of mine. Who wouldn’t want to emulate a woman that is the object of every man’s affection? And she does it with such nonchalance. Think femme fatale Katherine Hepburn when it comes to the clothing. Or better yet just recall Ava Gardner playing the part to perfection.
Pair high-waisted trousers with a feminine blouse, and accessorize with an ascot taken from the men in your life, that no doubt, adore you. Work your feminine appeal with a fitted pencil skirt. And find a show stopping coat that will make a grand statement.
Pride and Prejudice
And then there’s Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. I feel that she should garner more attention. ‘Not half as pretty as Jane’ or ‘as good humoured as Lydia’ but the girl is an absolute peach! And what an appropriate term that is for my translation of her style.
Think ladylike and sweet for this one. For a formal affair, this gorgeous full length Erdem would certainly have Mr Darcy doing a second take. A structured, cropped jacket will keep you looking smart. And where would our little Lizzie be without her go-anywhere cream dress.
The inspiration doesn’t stop there! There are countless female literary heroines you could style your look after. So don’t stop with these three!