A literary take on fashion part 13

If you’re new to this books into fashion series, you can catch up with the others HERE.

Again, if you’re interested in doing one of these sets, just let me know  🙂

I thought I’d mix it up and choose a classic adult book and a modern classic children’s book.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of those books we read in high school that scared me. Hester Prynne was sent to live in puritanical Boston, while her much older husband was settling some affairs back home in old Europe. But he never comes back, and she’s been caught being adulterous because she’s had a child while the husband was obviously away. We learn that the husband makes his way back, but doesn’t want to make his presence known. Similarly, the father of the child is a minister who refuses to acknowledge the relationship or paternity. The little girl Pearl is a whole symbol of her own in the story. Hester is forced to wear a red A on her clothes everyday and repent for her sins. But you see the juxtaposition between those sinning, lying, and who gets away with it. Ultimately it is always the woman who suffers. Sometimes I feel like not much has changed for women.

The Scarlet Letter

Topshop letter print dress / Chinti and Parker letter sweater / Banjo and Matilda knit top / Marni cape / AX Paris printed legging / H&M leather pumps / Kendra Scott mother of pearl earrings / ASOS pearl bangle bracelet / Shana Logic heart necklace / Boston Map Wall Art / Alice In Wonderland Silhouette Print / The Scarlet Letter

The next book is one of those titles loved by most adults and children. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is a simple book about a boy named Max who dresses up in his outfit and starts destroying the house – punished and sent to his room by his mom, he imagines the room into a forest/jungle and sails away to “rump” around with wild animal beings. But then he wants to go back home, the monsters aren’t too happy about it, but soon he’s back at home. The plot summary is not that exciting – it is the combination of pictures and words by Sendak that truly create the story.

Where the Wild Things Are

Marchesa dress / Marc by Marc Jacobs bird dress / Michael Kors fox tail / Vivienne Westwood crown bracelets /French Connection ear flap hat / Anthropologie Canopy Bed / Brass Sailboat Solid Brass Sailboat by Gatco / Target Boys’ Fox Sweater / Maurice Sendak Where The Wild Things Are  / Target Palm Tree Print Tote

Hope you enjoyed this installment of books into fashion – wishing my American readers a cozy Thanksgiving week full of smiles. If you can, help those that need it.

  • Kristian Satterlee

    Another great literary fashion take. I love the feather dress for a Wild Thing and the letter A sweater for the Scarlet Letter! 


    • Eli

      Surprisingly, the A sweater is now my favorite thing. Thinking about finding one!

  • Courtney

    I adore both books and I adore both sets! I should actually read The Scarlet Letter again – it’s been like 10 years.

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

  • Eat.Style.Play

    I love this post! I like the scarlett letter sweater a lot.

    • Eli

      My favorite too 🙂

  • Clothes Box

    Love this idea! We enjoy naming our clothes with literary or film references like this wind in the Willows waistcoat… perfect for mole! http://www.clothes-box.com/the-wind-in-the-willows-rustic-waistcoat-size-10.html

    • Eli

      Very cool, thanks for sharing!

  • Eli

    Just the thought of the Scarlet Letter makes me so sad, they were so awful to women (still are!)

  • I love your wild things set – you found some really fabulous items to represent the book!

  • mousevox vintage

    So cute. The Scarlet Letter scared me to pieces when I was a teenager, too!

  • Yes, the Scarlet Letter scared me too when I read it in high school. I mean, what a horrible situation for Hester! I’ve also read Where the Wild Things Are, of course, but not in a really really long time!

  • Dina Karivalis

    How have I never visited your blog before?  So cute!  Would love for you to stop by mine!
    xo Dina
    Sweetest Somethings

  • kate à la mode

    LOVE the ‘Wild Things’ picks! I’ve been somewhat obsessed with critter-themed clothing these days – just need to add more to my wardrobe! 🙂

  • We So Thrifty

    I always love new installments in this series Eli.

  • henna lund

    chinti & parker is an awesome brand! i love this jumper and also their new stuff:

    i need to find out where to buy ! ! !

  • Eli

    Ooh have you tried ebay!?