It’s Lit: Fall Looks Inspired by Classic Novels

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

Pictured: Record Store Date Dress in Forest, Train Station Anticipation Circle Scarf in Goldenrod, Seeds Like Yesterday Bag, Knee I Say More? Thigh Highs in Black, Trek Yourself Boot in Ebony

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.
  • Limes.

Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy

Pictured: Gallop in Your Business Sweater, Head of the Classic Watch in Lilac & Silver, Business Casual Cool Pants, Battery Heel in Stone, Office-ticated Appeal Jacket in Charcoal

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

Pictured: Thanks for Cabin Me Shawl in Black, Supported Scientist Tank Top in Ivory, Breathtaking Tiger Lilies Midi Skirt in Black, Campus Enchantress Heel

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:


Cathy Earnshaw def owned this.


Two words: Jo March.


A coat Anna Karenina would L-O-V-E.


Overalls for Scout Finch, always. <3

And, For Those Who Simply Seek Bookish Looks:


Podcast Co-Host Top in Bookworm


Novel Tee Sweatshirt in Jay


Fun for the Books Skirt


Whimsy Without End Dress in Bookworm

+ Which books are on your fall reading list? Let us know in the comments — we’re always lookin’ for recs!


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Catch Katie perpetually stressing about finding the time to see every movie on her growing to-watch list. Some of her favorite pastimes include car-belting to ᗅBBA, using her dog as a pillow, and just makin' sure everyone's having a good time.

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    Quinn 10/08/2016 at 7:02 pm #

    Jo, without a doubt. And even as a child I had a suspicion that my lifepath would be easier if I was a Meg!

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      Katie 10/09/2016 at 12:00 pm #

      Aaahah! I love it! I think you’re set — Jo has all the fun. 🙂

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    Clara 10/09/2016 at 12:34 pm #

    Professor Bhaer was totally the right choice. All my friends think Jo should have gone with Laurie, but they are so wrong;)

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      Katie 10/09/2016 at 12:56 pm #


      “I haf nothing to gif back but a full heart and these empty hands,” cried the Professor, quite overcome. Jo never, never would learn to be proper, for when he said that as they stood upon the steps, she just put both hands into his, whispering tenderly, “Not empty now,” and stooping down, kissed her Friedrich under the umbrella.”


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    Heather 10/16/2016 at 10:58 pm #

    This whole post rocks my socks off <3 Wuthering Heights has always been a favorite, but now I've got my mind on Little Women, Little Women on my mind!

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      Katie 10/17/2016 at 10:44 am #

      Yes, Heather, yes! Honestly, just writing about it inspired me to read Little Women once again and I love it more than I ever have, if that’s even possible? Haha, I’m so happy you enjoyed this post — expect more It’s Lit! features in the future!

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