Thursday, April 5, 2012

Searching for Clothes from Book Covers

By Kathy F.

I love book covers. They add to my "ooh, shiny, pretty" fascination with books. Or obsession, whatever. Sometimes, though I find myself wondering if I could pull off the outfit, or if I could even replicate it on my own.

Look at the covers above. The one on the left with the faboo boots and trenchcoat (I can almost feel that gorgeous red liner) is one I'd like to think I could pull off. I think that for about 2 seconds, then I laugh my ass off because I do believe that outfit would kill me. Not because I tangled with the wrong vampire, but because as soon as I took one step in those shoes I would fall and break my neck.

Nope, my personal daily style looks a lot more like the cover on the right. Note the comfy pants and sneakers. I could run in that. And I wouldn't have to have anything dry cleaned after tangling with nefarious creatures that go bump in the night. Bonus!

Not too long ago Laurie tweeted a link to this dress:

Gorgeous, isn't it? And lookee here, it looks just like the one on the cover of The Taken by Vicki Pettersson:

So I got to thinking - could I find some other dresses that matched some of the lovelies found on book covers? I started looking and was not surprised to find some of what I was looking for on Etsy.

When it comes to dresses on book covers, I think we can all agree that YA paranormals have a stranglehold on the market.

I loved the wispy, flowy red dress on Brodi Ashton's Everneath cover:

And low and behold found this lovely (that I would totally wear) on Etsy:

It was one of many - seriously just put "red flowy dress" in the search box, there are so many to choose from.

On Mayandree Michel's Betrayals cover, I really loved the gold embroidery:

I didn't replicate the style, but I did find this one that almost made me wish I could do prom over again and wear it. I said almost - I'm not crazy enough to ever want to redo high school.

I love the dress on Kady Cross' The Girl in the Steel Corset:

I was pretty sure I wouldn't find quite what I was looking for, but I did find this:

It has sleeves, and finding an actual steel corset might be difficult (and uncomfy to wear), but I really loved the detail on the back. I have no occasion right now where I could wear it, but I wish I did.

So, any covers that make you wish you could find that dress or coat or shoes?
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  1. I can't think of any covers at the moment, but the first thing I thought of when I read this was There's your reason to wear it (make yourself furiously happy)

    1. I love the whole idea of the Traveling Red Dress.

  2. I'm still gonna own that dress. Oh yes.

  3. I'll just take the sneakers and jeans. Put me in that dress and I'd forget and trip right over the front, back or sides. Lovely though they are, it would all be pretending for me!

    1. :) Generally my sneakers & jeans serve me well, but every now and then I want the pretty dress.

  4. Man, this post sent me on a journey of discovery into vintage hair and makeup to match my beloved dress. Ima have to write a post on that.

    1. Yes! Did you see Pettersson's post on her Rockabilly look? Very cool.

      I'm reading The Taken right now...

  5. I love the dresses, and love the styles, but for now I'm stuck with jeans and tees due to toddlers. Maybe someday I'll replace the tees with some fancy jackets (and even a lined trench like that, oh yes, precioussss) but not for a few more years.

    I love the covers of Kim Harrison's Hollows series, and all the borderline slutty clothing Rachel says she wears, minus leather pants.

  6. The first three covers for Gail Carriger's books (Soulless, Changeless and Blameless) come from pictures from Clockwork Couture, seen here