Meet Literature’s Fashion Finest!

It’s important in books that a character is well described and perhaps we will all agree that perhaps clothes make a character. Some literary characters are remembered and idolised for their fashion statements.

Where would socialite Holly Golightly be without that chic black dress? Would Robbie have still fantasised about Cecelia had she not been wearing that green gown? And there would be no Miss Havisham without a wilted yellow wedding dress, in Dickens’ Great Expectations.

Without a statement look, our favourite book characters would not be complete. Their style helps us understand them further when we only have our imaginations to help us… until they become movies that is!

Check out some of the popular literary fashion icons!

  • Cecelia – Atonement

The film showcases the incredible green dress Cecelia wears when she and Robbie make love in the library but the words on the page serves it justice.

““How could he forget that green dress, how it clung to the curve of her hips and hampered her running and showed the beauty of her shoulders”

  • Daisy Buchanan – The Great Gatsby

Daisy is a fashion icon in F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby especially when he describes she and Jordan Baker.

“They were both in white, and their dresses were rippling and fluttering as if they had just been blown back in after a short flight around the house.”

  • Effie Trinket – The Hunger Games

Effie’s outrageous outfits are legendary in The Hunger Games trilogy. As legendary as her hair!

  • Catherine Earnshaw – Wuthering Heights

In Emily Bronte’s epic love story, readers see Cathy undergo the transformation from tomboy to elegant lady when she stays with the Earnshaws. But of course its her look with Heathcliff everyone loves as well as her dresses.

  • Scarlett O’Hara – Gone with the Wind

While Scarlett isn’t exactly the nicest or kindest of characters, readers continue to admire the way she dresses.

“Her new green flowered-muslin dress spread its twelve yards of billowing material over her hoops and exactly matched the flat-heeled green morocco slippers her father had recently brought her from Atlanta. The dress set off to perfection the seventeen-inch waist, the smallest in three counties, and the tightly fitting basque showed breasts well matured for her sixteen years.”

  • Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games

Katniss is the main carer of her house, looking out for both her sister and her mother. It only makes sense that she has kickass clothes for hunting! And a pretty great bow too!

  • Christian Grey – Fifty Shade of Grey

Is it the tie? Or the suit? Or those handcuffs? Either way, Christian Grey is quite simply the most dapper gentleman to grace erotic fiction!

  • Bellatrix Lestrange – Harry Potter

We all love to hate a baddie! But we can’t help loving twisted Bellatrix’s stand out gothic look in Harry Potter.

  • Holly Golightly – Breakfast at Tiffanys

Wouldn’t we all love to have her style? Everyone would love to look as amazing in that chic black dress.

“She was still on the stairs, now she reached the landing, and the ragbag colors of her boy’s hair, tawny streaks, strands of albino blond and yellow caught the hall light. It was a warm evening, nearly summer, and she wore a slim, cool black dress, black sandals, a pearl choker. For all her chic thinness, she had an almost breakfast-cereal air of health, a soap and lemon cleanness, a rough pink darkening in the cheeks. Her mouth was large, her nose upturned. A pair of dark glasses blotted out her eyes. It was a face beyond childhood, yet this side of belonging to a woman. I thought her anywhere between sixteen and thirty; as it turned out, she was shy two months of her nineteenth birthday.”

Some of these are our personal favourites. Do you have any personal favourites that you idolise? We’d love for you to share with us!

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