Thursday, November 14, 2013

Inspired By: The Classics Vol. 3

Time for more classic literature! I really loved putting together this post because below are some of my favorite stories. Although I've never read Little Women and The Importance of Being Earnest (terrible, I know), I love the movies. I have an okay relationship with A Tale of Two Cities and The Odyssey; I remember vehemently not wanting to read them for school, but then I also remember liking the stories. 

Little Women
Inspired By: Little Women

Written by Louisa May Alcott, it's the ever-popular story of the March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, who learn about life, love, and friendship who struggle to survive a New England winter during the Civil War. It all starts when Jo decides to befriend the grandson of the hermit next door. 

Stay warm in the winter by wearing a cozy gray sweater, blue floral dress, black tights, white scarf, white mittens, and brown boots. Or wear a black pea coat, pink shirt dress, and black boots. There's a piece of jewelry for each girl: a scissor necklace for Meg who helps run the household, book earrings for Jo since she loves literature, musical earrings for Beth, and a pencil ring for Amy since she loves to draw.

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon (free Kindle edition)

A Tale of Two Cities 
Inspired By: A Tale of Two Cities
Written by Charles Dickens, the story is about a tumultuous time -- the French Revolution. The brutality and wrath of the time is shown through the eyes of Charles Darnay, a former French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, an English alcoholic attorney who is in love with Darnay's wife and who seeks redemption. 

Wear red, white, and blue in a laid-back way by throwing on a striped scarf, striped white shirt, jeans, and red flats. Or wear the colors of those two countries in a dressed-up way: navy blazer, red lace dress, clear earrings, and black bow pumps. 

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon (free Kindle edition)

The Odyssey
Inspired By: The Odyssey
Written by Homer between the eight and ninth century B.C., The Odyssey is the story of the Greek hero Odysseus and the many marvels and challenges he encounters during his ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War. 

For journeying aboard a great ship, wear a wave print dress, blue sweater jacket, ship ring, tall boots, and a watch since Odysseus has been away for so long. Or dress like the goddess Circe, who Odysseus meets on his journey and who is renowned for her knowledge of herbs. She turned Odysseus' mean into pigs after they ate her wine and cheese. Don a sequin wave dress, floral headband, leaf ring, and black pumps. 

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon (free Kindle edition)

The Importance of Being Earnest
Inspired By: The Importance of Being Earnest
Written by Oscar Wilde, this humorous and satirical play revolves around mistaken identity and the social conventions of Victorian England. Two men, John Worthing and his friend Algernon Moncrieff, both use the pseudonym Ernest to woo women, but when they all end up staying at the same home, it's clear that they can't both go by the same name and hilarity ensues. 

For a modern Victorian gentleman look, put on a black wide brim hat, black blazer, cream polka dot top, black wax coated denim, black pointed heels. Or dress like the demure lady that you are by wearing a white lace dress, heart earrings, studded pink clutch, and nude heels. 

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon (free Kindle edition)

Have you read any of these books?
P.S. -- Happy birthday, Brittany!

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  1. That wave print dress is sooo fitting for The Odyssey! You are so creative with the items for the books!

    The Tiny Heart

  2. love these sets!!

  3. This is such a lovely post! I loved seeing the inspiration behind these outfits!
    I would love to wear every single outfit- great styling! :)

  4. Such a great post idea! I love seeing books paired with fashion! You're a lady after my own heart.

  5. I love this idea so much! Your Little Women inspired look was my favorite.

  6. I had the same memories of a tale of two cities. I didn't want to read it for school, but i liked the story. The scalloped dress you picked for the odyssey is gorgeous!

  7. I remember neither of us wanted to read it! Thanks!

  8. Aw, thanks so much, Avra! You're the best!

  9. Thanks so much! We're kindred spirits!

  10. It's a great story! I would recommend the movie version with Reese Witherspoon!

  11. Ahhh! The classics posts are my favorite :) Shamefully, I just can't get into Little Women. I think I was too old when I first started reading it (last year - gasp!) and would appreciate more when I was younger. But The Importance of Being Earnest? <3

  12. This is such a cute post idea! I love how perfect it is :)

    Tiffany Ima
    Style Honestly

  13. This is such a neat idea and a great place to draw inspiration from! I love books, especially classics. I'm actually in grad school to become a librarian! By the's always cool to see another Sara without an H. :)

  14. Thanks so much, Sarah without an H! :) I'm really glad you like this idea!

  15. I wish I'd read Little Women when I was young too, but I don't think I would like it if I read it now sadly. Thanks, Kristin!

  16. Looove the book theme here. The Odyssey (both the book & the picks) is probably my favorite of the bunch!

    atelier zozo


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