Thursday, September 12, 2013

Inspired By: The Classics Vol. 1

As a Creative Writing major in college and grad school, it's mandatory to take literature classes. You can't be a good writer if you're not a good reader. Personally, I've always preferred to take classes on 19th century novels, especially if they're British. So obviously this means I've read a lot of the classics, and while I read most of them because I had to this doesn't mean they're not great works (they're classics for a reason, right?), so I thought I would start a series based on the classic novels we all know and love (okay, maybe sometimes loathe). 

I'm planning to do one once a month, so if there are any classics you want me to do in particular let me know in the comments!

Jane Eyre
Inspired By: Jane Eyre

Written by Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre is an orphan who endures oppression at her hateful aunt's home and then later at boarding school, but still emerges with an enduring spirit and integrity. She takes a job as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets the impassioned Mr. Rochester. 

For a studious outfit, wear a lacey sleeveless blouse, a burgundy skirt, studded loafers, a floral journal to write in, a heart bracelet. Or if you want a simple outfit, go for a black dress, denim jacket, heart cut-out ring, oxfords, a scarf to keep warm in those drafty halls, and a cute lantern. 

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon (free e-book!)

Great Expectations
Inspired By: Great Expectations
Written by Charles Dickens, Great Expectations is about young orphan Pip, who one day finds himself in a ruined garden where he meets the bitter Miss Havisham and her foster child, Estella, with whom he falls in love. A secret benefactor gives Pip a fortune, so he goes to London to become a gentleman, but struggles with it and his love for Estella. 

Dress like the crazy Miss Havishem by wearing a white lace dress, crown ring, rose print scarf, and pale pink heels. Or for a darker look, go for a blue floral blazer, black tank top, black jeans, black pointy toe flats, and a silver cuff for the convict Pip helped to escape. 

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon

The Scarlet Letter
Inspired By: The Scarlet Letter
Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter is certainly America's first psychological novel; it revolves around a single act of passion that alters several lives in a small Puritan community through sin and guilt. At it's core, it's about Hester Prynne, a woman who bears the punishment of her sin in silence and who must wear a red "A" for adultery. 

Since Hester wears a red "A," wear a dark red maxi dress, black and white scarf, initial earrings, and black flats. Or wear an outfit based on the cool graphic covers by wearing a black moto jacket, red bow blouse, letter-adorned skirt, hat with "peace," and red ankle-strap flats. 

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon (free e-book!)

The Time Machine
Inspired By: The Time Machine
Written by H.G. Wells, an unnamed Time Traveler recounts his amazing journey into the future by using a time machine that he created. He goes further and further into the future, eventually coming across the childlike Eloi's and the hideous underground Morlocks in the far future.

For a girly look, try on a yellow floral dress, a blue blazer, a clock ring, a black watch, and blue wedges. Or for a Victorian-esque look, wear a peplum black blazer, yellow top, distressed jeans, yellow flower earrings for the two flowers the Time Traveler brings back, a clock necklace, and oxfords. 

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon (free e-book!)

Which book is your favorite? 
Any classic books you want me to feature next time?

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  1. I LOVE that you're doing the classics (and The Time Machine! Yay!). I'm a fan of Frankenstein, This Side of Paradise, and you've already taken care of my Jane Eyre obsession :)

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  3. Love the inspiration for these looks, very original :-) And I think you nailed it.

  4. Jane Eyre is one my all time favorite books! I've read it over and over.

    The Tiny Heart

  5. Wow, i just love this post's concept!! So so awesome, and inspiring! thanks for sharing

  6. I really love these kind of posts! You did a really great job! I love Jane Eyre and did a fantastci collage based on it! :)

  7. When I was younger I totally read all kinds of historical books and I always felt like I slightly adapted those periods int my clothes! Your looks are all gorgeous!

  8. I'm loving the third set....all that burgundy is so Fall appropriate! Haven't read any of those books you'll have to let me know which one to start with


    Indulgera Blog

  9. Jane Eyre is my favourite book of all time - I first read it when I was nine and I've been rereading it almost every year since. And I'm pretty sure I've seen all of the movie versions of it, too! I love the look you put together for it, but I think - unbelievably - that I might like the Great Expectations look even more!

  10. Oooh I love the Great Expectations look!

  11. Yes, such a cute idea for a post! Absolutely loving this. I want all of these outfits :)

    I just finished Dracula, and I'm starting Little Women! Would love to see what you'd choose for one of those!



  12. everything you picked for jane eyre is so cute!

  13. i'm really into the way you turned the Scarlet Letter into an edgy, but feminine assemblage of awesome! Sara, vol. 1 is a total hit, can't wait to see what other inspos you come up with for this feature!!

  14. I'm glad you're a fan of this new series! Yay! Frankenstein will definitely be happening next month because of Halloween!

  15. Just downloaded to my Kindle, hoping it lives up to all the hype!


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