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Modern Outfits for Classic Femmes of Historical Fiction Literature

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Hello & welcome to another adventure in Story Style, the space where we put together outfits and lifestyle accessories according to different characters, personalities, events, and situations. In this post we’re focusing on fiery female characters from classic historical fiction novels. Let’s get to it!

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

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ALICE KINGSLEIGH

Our modern-day Alice definitely rolls the best joints in town and she does so with the stash she keeps in her LOST-themed lunchbox because she, too, can’t shake the feeling that she has to go back—to Wonderland, that is. Lucky for her she knows there’s adventure to be had right here and dons a headband to keep her fresh face looking forward. An apron comes in handy to protect her signature blue dress from all the sweet treats she bakes when remembering to feed her head, and a cell phone purse helps her tread lightly in her oh-so-sassy white thigh-highs and lilac Mary Janes.

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ANNE OF GREEN GABLES

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ANNE SHIRLEY

A nod to summer on Prince Edward Island, no Anne look would be complete without a classic sun hat and puffed sleeves. We swap the old carpet bag for a new laptop tote and our favorite avid reader must own a kindle for those quiet moments when she’s not lost in her own imagination. Lace-up black booties never go out of style (and hold up with all that red clay dirt), and we add a touch of black ribbon to exude Ms. Shirley’s subtle edge.

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THE COLOR PURPLE

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CELIE

Having found her voice, our beloved Celie chooses a purple, pocketed statement dress in alignment with her brand and non-profit company, Sewing for Survivors. She dons a classic denim jacket for those cooler southern nights and sports trusty sneakers as she zips from meetings to events for her business. Her sewing machine goes everywhere she does thanks to her travel case and she wears a crystal gemstone bracelet to help stay grounded throughout the day. At night she comes back to her guided journal, prioritizing her healing journey and cultivating her inner strength and vitality with each entry.

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EMMA

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EMMA WOODHOUSE

Emma shows up with an understated sense of chic style in her green jumpsuit and neutral sandals with just enough pop of red in her lipstick and designer purse to steal the show. This modern matchmaking maven consults her copy of Cosmic Coupling as she pulls romantic strings behind the scenes. Her sun hat is perfect for hiding, spying, and eavesdropping to get the latest love clues she notes in her planner, and a rose gold bangle on her wrist reminds her to keep it classy when her Cupidean obsessions border on nosy manipulation.

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS

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MISS HAVISHAM

Determined to wear her wedding dress forever as a reminder of love’s betrayal, Miss Havisham is perfectly content to wallow in the past for the remainder of her days. She whiles away the hours sipping rosé, stubbing out cigarettes into her deluxe ashtray, binge-watching streaming series on her iPad, and ignoring the self-help book she drunk-ordered that one night. She’s grateful the faux-floral crown on her head never wilts, and the rose-gold watch on her wrist is, of course, also just for show. Don’t feel too bad for this mopey maven, though, she’ll at least get around to ditching that remaining shoe someday.

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LITTLE WOMEN

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JO MARCH

Our modern Massachusetts gal makes her moves in comfortable corduroy pants, a synthetic satin shirt, and stand-tall block-heeled boots. She throws on an all-business blazer for meetings with her editor and dons a newsboy cap to protect her fertile mind from whatever weather New England throws at her. A vegan leather backpack is perfect for transporting all those important manuscripts and Jo never goes anywhere without her journal to jot down notes and new ideas. Settling in for an evening of writing, she lights a warm and cozy scented candle to transport her mind into her stories on the page.

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MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA

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NITTA SAYURI

Sayuri is finally living her best life in New York City and making zero apologies for it. Focusing on her self-care and self-development, she’s happy to spend her days sipping tea in a satin kimono robe while learning how to turn adversity into advantage. The rest of the time she’s performing, whether that’s dancing to music on her portable speaker at the studio, on stage, or in her bedroom, or simply pinning her hair up for an impromptu vlog. The contents of her makeup bag are always nearby and a selfie light comes in handy when it’s time to go live to all her loyal insta followers. It’s only a matter of time before this social media star takes over the world.

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THE SCARLET LETTER

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HESTER PRYNNE

Having always been a modern woman, our dear Hester is proud of her sexual prowess and shows off her confidence and curves in a red lace dress and sky-high heels. She keeps a cape around for those times when the man insists on her covering up and stores it in her carry-all canvas tote monogrammed with an “A” to remind herself that adultery is an antiquated patriarchal concept. She sports a ribbon around her neck as a trendy nod to her puritan ancestral roots and a black pearl bracelet in the name of her cherished lovechild. There’s nothing this Badass Single Mom can’t handle, but just in case we’ve given her a classy gold whistle to blow off any unwanted attention or steam.

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Which one’s your fave? Let us know in the comments.

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