Ever wonder what modern-day Elizabeth Bennet would wear to Mr. Bingley’s house party? Or what twenty-first century outfit Anna Karenina might chose to throw herself in front of a high speed rail? Well, wonder no more—here are four modern outfits inspired by some of your favorite classical novels. But first, the covers to inspire your contemporary creations.

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Pride and Prejudice

Elizabeth Bennett knows how to dress herself for a party. And this Stop Staring dress is a more modern silhouette of the Regency dresses she’s used to. Throw in a little (*ahem* cheap *ahem*) bling and she’s all ready to catch Darcy’s eye while house music blares on in the background.


Pride & Prejudice

Anna Karenina

If any classic novel heroine could pull off leather pants it is certainly Anna Karenina. Her modern look would be daring with a touch of elegance – lots of jewels and fur and crop tops. One can certainly see her meeting a secret lover in this outfit…and maybe even jumping in front of a train.


Anna Karenina

The Secret Garden

Nothing emphasizes Mary Lennox’s Victorian girlhood spirit quite like a white lace dress. Add a touch of red and some practical shoes and she’s all ready to discover a modern-day secret garden. Or maybe she’ll just wear that flower crown while coaxing Colin into attending a Green Peace meeting with her.


The Secret Garden

The Great Gatsby

A modern Gatsby girl is all about flash – crystals, beads, and shapeless silhouettes. With this outfit she’s ready for some speakeasy action…or in her case, a secret bar in Manhattan where mixologists will make her champagne cocktails and she’ll dance the night away to techno-jazz.


What classic literary heroine (or hero) will serve as the inspiration for your next outfit? Let us know in the comments!

Image Credits:

Pride & Prejudice by rachelcarterya featuring Red Herring

Anna Karenina by rachelcarterya featuring Alice + Olivia

The Secret Garden by rachelcarterya showing how to wear lightweight scarves

The Great Gatsby by rachelcarterya featuring pink handbags