To join in on the celebration of Linda Grant’s novel, The Clothes on Their Backs, which was just named to the short list for the Booker Prize, I thought I’d share some of my favorite literary fashions.
When reading the works that these clothes are taken from, I truly wanted to wear each garment, whether I was eight, a graduate student, or an associate professor.
There’s nothing shocking or new, just clothes that have stood the test of time for me.
Here’s my short list, in no particular order:
Lady Brett Ashley’s tweed skirts and jersey pullovers (Hemingway)
Helga Crane’s slippers from the beginning of Quicksand (Larsen)
The Parisian dress inside Adele’s “boite” (Bronte)
Catherine’s striped French sailor shirts (Hemingway again!)
Hero’s boots (Marlowe)
Anne of Green Gables’ puffed sleeves (Montgomery)