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Fashion Book: Little Women

2011 February 25

Little Women is a perennial classic, beloved by readers the world over. I read it many times growing up, and I think I cried every single time Beth died. Though the book takes place primarily during the Civil War, I think the reason it still resonates with young readers is because the characters are so vibrant and so real–who hasn’t met an Amy or a Jo?

For my regular Fashion Book features, I’ve been focusing on the books I’m currently reading. But because of your overwhelmingly positive and encouraging responses to my post this week about changing the blog, I’ve decided to do a few more Fashion Book posts, focusing on classics. Little Women just seemed like the logical starting point. What would these ladies wear were they not living in 19th century America?

I’d like to give each character her own spotlight. This week, I’ll start with Meg, the oldest of the ladies. Meg was the responsible one–down to earth, caring, and, let’s face it, a little bland. In my re-imagining, Meg would have a conservative and classic style, but she wouldn’t be afraid of prints or pops of color either.


Milly Juliana printed silk dress

Miu Miu cashmere and silk blend cardigan

Michael Kors Julian patent pump

Coach SoHo leather small flap handbag

Coach Miranda signature teardrop earrings

Yesstyle freshwater pearl necklace

Have you read Little Women? Who was your favorite?

*Looks & Books was featured in the Largehearted Boy Shorties column today! I’m honored and excited–LHB is one of my favorite blogs and has been for some time.

8 Responses Post a comment
  1. February 25, 2011

    I was such a tom boy growing up. I wanted to BE Jo. I never quite understood Meg – probably because she’s already such an adult at the beginning of the book. Harder to relate to at a young age.

  2. February 25, 2011

    PS. SO excited about you visiting the classics! :)

  3. February 25, 2011

    Uh, Beth dies??? You need a SPOILER ALERT before that 😉 I thought they may have just changed it for the movie so Claire Danes could cry some more.

  4. meghan permalink
    February 25, 2011

    awesome idea. i love little women! i always wanted to like meg since we share a name, but jo was by far the most exciting and inspirational of the girls in my opinion. can’t wait to see what outfits you come up with for the others :)

  5. February 25, 2011

    Sorry I didn’t reply to your earlier post asking for suggestions, but you know I love any and everything you include on this here blog. Very glad you’re feeling newly inspired.

    This re-imagining the fashion of the classics idea is super, super neato. And although I am ashamed to say I’ve never actually read Little Women (I know, I know), I LOVE that dress! Wonderful.

  6. February 28, 2011

    little women was one of my favorite classics growing up and one of my roommates in college adores the movie, so it snuck back into my life because she used to watch it all the time! i think that you are dead on with meg–responsible, but not afraid of prints.

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