Sup, bookworms! We’re back with our second installment of It’s Lit, and we’ve rounded up fab fall looks and the classic novels that inspired them. To clarify, these ensembles are inspired by the covers of books, rather than the stories themselves, because, let’s face it: Anna Karenina wears gowns and heavy furs 24/7 and we don’t got the time, climate, or budget for that. We digress.
Read on for recommendations of the fashion and fiction variety. Cheers to a book-filled October and beyond!
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë
Pictured: Sign, Chenille, Deliver Sweater in Snow, A Good Arrowhead on Your Shoulders Necklace in Sage, Mystery Business Trench, Commanding Essence Leather Boot, Slow and Edgy Wins the Race Pants in Burgundy Floral
Cue Kate Bush! Adore it or abhor it, Wuthering Heights is a novel you’ll never forget. Brontë’s star-crossed characters are so wickedly flawed in their frenzied lust for love, it’s impossible to look away. The novel’s wild passion knocked the monocles clear off of shocked readers in the 1800s, and its alluring mystique lingers still today. So snuggle into a cozy sweater, kick up your favorite fall booties, and be sure to keep a midnight snack handy — whether you’re opening Wuthering Heights for the first time or the fifth, you’ll be reading long past bedtime.
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
Louisa MAAAY. Makin’ our hearts swell for almost every one of her characters! (We’re still trying to sort through our feelings towards Amy, tbh.) Though it spans years in the life of the beloved March family, there’s no better time to read Little Women than autumn. Bundle up in a knit infinity scarf, find the perfect park bench, and swoon over Jo’s fiery independence as crisp leaves fall. After that, please promptly return to this comment section to discuss any number of these important topics:
- Which sister you’re most like. (I think it’s been determined I’m a Beth.)
- Laurie vs. Professor Bhaer.
- Just how much you love Marmee.
Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
Yes, it’s lengthy. Yes, almost all the Russian surnames are distinguishable from one another by a single vowel. And yes, a few characters have the exact same name entirely! But let’s move past that. It’s WORTH IT.
Through tremendous detail and subtle shifts in tone, Tolstoy presents every lifestyle, location, and character so compellingly that this historical romance becomes a living universe — a Russia as real as the one he inhabited. Did we mention how beautiful the writing is? A favorite quote: “He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet, like the sun, he saw her even without looking.” Swoon!
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
It’s due time for a re-read, friends. When you opened To Kill a Mockingbird in high school, what kept you reading? Maybe you fell in love with the way it evoked the mysteries of childhood, of treasures discovered in trees. Perhaps you saw yourself in Scout’s observant behavior or confident, tomboy antics. But this time around? Expect an entirely different book.
You’ll admire its clear-eyed depiction of race, class, and region. You’ll have your own answers for the vital questions it raises about remaining neutral in situations of injustice. Atticus will still inspire integrity and beloved Scout — the pint-sized protagonist with a full-sized heart — will charm you as easily as she did in 9th grade. Reading with adult eyes will simply make the experience all the more meaningful.
Bonus Style Round! For Those Who Still Seek Character-Inspired Looks:
And, For Those Who Simply Seek Bookish Looks:
+ Which books are on your fall reading list? Let us know in the comments — we’re always lookin’ for recs!