Spring style from Chick Lit’s finest

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It’s hard to believe that Bridget Jones’s Diary is 18 years old. It seems like only yesterday we were first introduced to the awkward, loveable heroine who gave voice to so many single women and helped define the Chick Lit genre. But even though Bridget might be getting a little long in the tooth, it doesn’t mean that she’s not still a fashion icon. In fact, we can look to all of our favorite Chick Lit heroines to help us discover the perfect styles for spring.

From Rebecca Bloomwood to Rachel White, here are four spring looks inspired by your favorite Chick Lit heroines:

Bridget Jones from Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary

Bridget Jones's Diary

As awkward as Bridget can be, she’s never been afraid of the spotlight, and this red shirtwaist dress is a perfect way to draw attention without losing style and class. Plus, I like to think that the older Bridget has grown a little – as readers can experience in Bridget Jones: Mad About a Boy, the newest adventure in the Bridget series – and she would chose to pair this bright dress with appropriately muted accessories, like a brown wedge and matching belt.

Rebecca Bloomwood from Sophie Kinsella’s Confessions of a Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic

As we learned from our wedding piece a couple weeks ago (How to be a Lizzie Bennet, Margaery Tyrell or Scarlett O’Hara bride), Rebecca Bloomwood is always up-to-date on current fashion. She’s the perfect heroine for the new crop-top style, paired with a flared skater skirt and sky-high sandals. Rebecca’s also known for her green neck-scarf (at least she likes to think so!), but I love the idea of updating it to a headscarf, giving her a cute retro look.

Rachel White from Emily Giffin’s Something Borrowed

Something Borrowed

Rachel is practical, smart, and used to hiding in the shadows when it comes to her best friend Darcy. But one of things that draws Darcy’s fiancé Dex to Rachel is her uncomplicated style, reflected by a pair of casual boyfriend jeans, flats, and a simple tank. That doesn’t mean Rachel is boring though, and her large, pretty statement necklace showcases her bright personality.

Cannie Shapiro from Jennifer Weiner’s Good in Bed

Good in Bed

Cannie is thrown for a loop when her ex-boyfriend writes an article about “loving a larger woman,” but that never ruins her self-esteem. I can see Cannie in a slightly vintage style, with clean lines, a patterned a-line skirt, and a no-frills fitted cardigan. She’s also a woman on the go, reflected in her over-sized bag and practical sunglasses.

Any Chick Lit heroines we overlooked? What are your favorite looks for spring? Let us know in the comments!

Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.