Heroine Chic Part IV

The last installment of this series! I’ve had so much fun trying to envision my favorite literary heroines and what might be in their closets today. For this post, I have my showstopper two–my absolute favorite, Jane Eyre, and the woman who was the hardest for me to dress, Scarlett O’Hara.

Jane Eyre

Heroine Chic--Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre is probably my favorite book character of all time. She goes through a lot of growth in the course of the book, but always has a core strength. In the end, she saves a broken Rochester. Jane is described as a plain woman, and she works as a governess, so her outfit is not terribly flashy. A touch of tweed in a skirt with a bold pleat. The pieces all have a subtle Gothic Victorian ruffle. But the boots are all out romantic. And I seem to be obsessed with coral these days in my own wardrobe, so I’ve given a coral top to Jane, too.

Scarlett O’Hara

Heroine Chic--Scarlett O'Hara

This was tricky, because how do you dress an iconic fashionista? I wanted to riff on the gorgeous green velvet drapery dress, but the color is just NOT OUT THERE. I couldn’t find something that goes with my personal credo of fashion on a budget. Slinky evening gowns didn’t seem right, corseted garments looked cheap, embellished dresses were too frou-frou. Thank goodness H & M helped me out! This ruffled dress was the Scarlett dress for me–waist-enhancing, modern, stylish with the one shoulder, over-the-top with the layered skirt. Scarlett always matched, so rose gold bracelets, feathered shoes (fancy!) and an envelope clutch with a bit of shine. Fiddle-dee-dee!

Got any classic heroines you’d like to dress? Tell me in the comments!


Heroine Chic Part III

Back once again, it’s the renegade master…

Or someone less cool–me. Must finish my series on literary heroines! Today I have a couple of fun girls from children’s literature: Alice in Wonderland and Nancy Drew!

Nancy Drew

Heroine Chic--Nancy Drew

Plucky girl detective Nancy Drew is on the case! Instead of giving her a dress, which was her usual gear in the 1960’s, I went with a Nancy ready for action! Dark crop jeans with a retro cuff compliment pointy-toe slip-on shoes. The pointy toes are so very Nancy! A brightly colored top makes it fun. And of course, since she’s investigating, she needs her magnifying glass at hand for any clues!

Alice in Wonderland

Heroine Chic--Alice in Wonderland

How could it be Alice without a blue and white color palette? This linen skirt takes Alice in a more grown-up direction, while the ruffled shirt is still very feminine and girly. Her mary janes are totally updated, and probably not any good for croquet whatsoever. But they are super cute! And of course the jewelry has to be a pocketwatch necklace and a group of antique keys. (For great whimsical and Alice-inspired jewelry, check out UntamedMenagerie on Etsy. Their stuff is fab–I have the Petit Secret necklace.)

Two more literary heroines left…who could they be?

PS: TWICE while trying to type “Alice”, I typed “Alcide”. I wonder why…