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Fashion Book: Anne of Green Gables

2011 September 15

 I read all of the Anne of Green Gables books (there are 8 total) when I was younger, reading the first two (Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea) multiple times. I don’t know many girls who didn’t read the books, or at least see the movies (from which the image to the left comes from), but I was definitely a BIG fan. Not only was Anne a great character, but Lucy Maude Montgomery’s writing was just good, especially by the standards of many other children’s fiction. It wasn’t dumbed down or condescending. Anne’s emotions and situations were all given validity–even though she was often incredibly dramatic, the reader feels her pain and knows she’s sincere. That’s part of what makes her so lovable.

Anne Shirley has become a literary icon for women all over the world. She’s imaginative, brave, smart, and knows what she wants. But more than that, she’s absent-minded, a little vain, and more than a little quirky. She struggles with what the “right thing” to do is, and she sometimes acts out of spite. In other words, she’s not perfect. But she’s a damn good heroine for young girls to read about, especially in an age where t-shirts tell girls they’re “too pretty for homework.” 

Because Anne was an orphan, she dressed in pretty shabby clothes, but she dreamed big. One of her biggest loves was dresses with puffed sleeves. I think modern Anne would definitely rock the outfit below–what do you think? Were you a fan of the Anne books growing up?
Anne of Green Gables

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  1. September 15, 2011

    I loved the Anne of Green Gables series and I own the entire set, even the ones that are really about her children. Of all the characters in literature, I’d say Anne is one of the most real. I’m so glad you featured this series.

  2. meghan permalink
    September 15, 2011

    That outfit is right on the money for Anne!

  3. September 15, 2011

    I hate to say this, because I think I’m the only girl my age who feels this way, but I HATED these books. My mom would read them to me at night, and then she’d go into my brothers room (still within my earshot) and read him C.S. Lewis or The Hobbit. I was always so angry that he got to hear the adventurous books, and I was given the token “girl” books.

  4. Raquel permalink
    September 15, 2011

    THE WINCEY DRESS! I love the outfit you picked out! I love Anne of Green Gables–I actually have the 8-book set here at my apartment and just re-read the entire thing about a year and a half ago. I have the movies too. Montgomery was a very sophisticated writer, even if most of her stories are relatively “cozy” (though she DID delve into real world issues like the First World War in some of her books, as well as poverty, illness, education, and women’s rights). And some of her tales are downright hilarious. The town of Avonlea seems very real to me and one of my dreams is to travel to PEI and see the place for myself. (You can visit Green Gables, as the house actually exists: literary nerd pilgrimage!)

    What’s funny is that I was a tomboy child and didn’t appreciate these very much back when I was a kid, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve fallen more and more in love with these stories. I’ve started reading some of Montgomery’s other stories are they are equally as charming.

  5. September 16, 2011

    Perfect outfit for a modern day Anne Shirley. All that’s missing is something to smash over the head of a guy who calls her Carrots.

  6. Rachel W. permalink
    September 16, 2011

    What a perfect outfit for Anne! I’m glad that it has puffed sleeves.

    I’m a LMM nut: I think I’ve read all of her fiction, from the more obscure novels like Jane and Pat through her collected (and, in the case of the early ones, TERRIBLE) short stories. Right now, I’m working my way through all five volumes of her published journals. Whee!

    I wasn’t big on Anne when I was a kid, long preferring Emily, but the older I get, the more I appreciate her. I wonder what a modern outfit for an older Anne would look like– or for Rilla or Valancy?

  7. Alyssa P permalink
    September 29, 2011

    Lucy Maude Montgomery is an amazing author. I have read three books about Anne Shirley in her series. They are amazing!!! :)

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