Although they are two different fields, fashion and literature have an intertwined relationship in both historical and contemporary terms. While designers see books as sources of inspiration, writers also use fashion to envision fictional worlds and characters in the reader’s mind. Iconic characters from books inspire us as well as designers. While we create our own style and revive the past with new interpretations in today, we are also inspired by these characters that are never forgotten with their clothes. “Vain trifles as they seem, clothes have, they say, more important offices than to merely keep us warm. They change our view of the world and the world’s view of us,” says Virginia Woolf in one of her novels.
Here are five classic novels with unforgettable female characters and five styles inspired by them. Give your library and wardrobe a touch of romanticism!
A cultural icon, Jane Austen’s Emma is a novel based on the life of Emma Woodhouse, a beautiful, intelligent young woman, and the romantic misunderstandings in her life. Extremely confident in her matchmaking skills and unable to resist meddling in other people’s lives, Emma is one of Austen’s most lively and influential characters. Throughout the novel, we read Emma’s transformation from a spoiled child to a humble young woman. Reflecting a colorful personality with her clothes as well as her manners, Emma has a wardrobe full of pastel tones and floral patterns. You can create a modern Emma style with pieces in soft tones, stylish accessories, and a minimalist bag.
This gothic romantic novel by Charlotte Bronte is a bildungsroman that tells the story of how Jane Eyre, who had a troubled childhood, grows into a strong, young woman. An uninterested orphan, Jane Eyre educates herself and becomes a governess. When she meets Mr. Rochester, her life begins to change like she never expected. The novel, in which strange events take place in dark and exotic environments and their reflections on a woman’s inner world are dealt with in a realistic language, is a classic that combines gothic and romantic elements. As well as a literary figure exemplified by her strong stance, Jane Eyre inspires her readers with her sharp and structured look.
Another bildungsroman, Great Expectations tells Pip’s adventures from the countryside to the big city in 19th century England. Living in poverty, Pip inherits an unexpected money and is sent to London to be raised as a gentleman. Pip’s relationship with Estella Havisham has an important place in the midst of his change in this process and his “great hopes”. The dark and creepy Havisham mansion, where Estella grew up, can be a different source of inspiration for those who prefer dark tones instead of pastel colors.
Little Women is one of the most loved family stories since it was written. In the novel that tells about four sisters and their heartwarming family ties, we are in 19th century America this time. Four different young women seek their happiness in different places: Meg wants to marry, Amy seeks financial success; Beth wishes to take care of her family, Jo wants to be a writer. As we witness the hardships they face moving from adolescence to adulthood, we roam in a world where sentimentality and reality are balanced. The eldest of the sister, Jo inspires this outfit with her style that combines feminine and masculine details.
Alice’s Adventures in
Some books are not for kids but for those who want to feel like a child when they read them. One of them is undoubtedly Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The novel tells the story of Alice in a fantasy world that she reaches through a rabbit hole in her dream. This story, in which interesting characters and illogical events combine with riddles and poems, offers a unique opportunity for those who want to get away from reality with its colorful world. Of course, it is impossible for this fantastic world not to find a reflection on the characters’ clothes. It is up to you to include the fun atmosphere of the book in your style with a few colorful key pieces.