Flavorwire recently compiled their list of “Literature’s 10 Best-Dressed Characters,” which included Lily Bart, of The House of Mirth, and Holly Golightly, of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. While we certainly can’t disagree with their choice of characters, we know more than a few leading ladies who deserve equal recognition! So, without further ado, we’re oh-so pleased to present our list of best dressed literary characters.
10. Leslie Burke — Bridge to Terabithia
On her first day at a new middle school, ambitious Leslie sported cut-off denim shorts and a big T-shirt. Being the new kid in class is a tough gig, but Leslie handled the challenge with stylish grace while staying true to herself.
9. Daisy Buchanan — The Great Gatsby
This enchanting, albeit thoughtless gal who stole Gatsby’s heart had a voice “full of money,” and embodied the fantastic decadence of America in the 1920s. (For visual inspiration, it doesn’t get much better than the 1974 film adaption.)
8. Madame Defarge — A Tale of Two Cities
Okay, so maybe Madame Defarge isn’t the most fashionable villain out there, but can you imaging the sweaters, shawls, scarves, and hats she so furiously knit?
7. Claudia Kishi — The Babysitters Club series
This pattern-mixing maven is not only a wholesome role model, she’s a fashion-forward trendsetter who has even inspired a fashion blog or two.
6. Anna Karenina — Anna Karenina
We dream of the luxe accessories Anna undoubtedly carried on her many trips to the opera in St. Petersburg.
5. Molly Millions — Neuromancer
The image of this svelte, streamlined sci-fi character was inspired by Chrisse Hynde on the first self-titled Pretenders album. And Molly’s signature mirrored shades? Too cool for words!
4. Sabina — The Unbearable Lightness of Being
With a bowler hat atop her head and a colorful canvas in front of her, this alluring artiste defines both lightness and personal style in Milan Kundera’s irrefutable classic.
3. Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler — From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Author E. L. Konigsburg doesn’t specifically describe Mrs. Frankweiler’s personal style, but we can only imagine the 82-year-old art collecting recluse to posses enviable panache, à la Big Edie Beale.
2. Emma Woodhouse — Emma
Cher Horowitz, of Clueless, was loosely based on Jane Austen’s fair Emma Woodhouse. Need we say more?
1. Dominique Francon — The Fountainhead
Why try to paraphrase Rand’s eloquent prose? On Dominqiue’s appearance, Rand writes, “she looked like a stylized drawing of a woman and made the correct proportions of a normal being appear heavy and awkward beside her. She wore a plain gray suit; the contrast between its tailored severity and her appearance was deliberately exorbitant–and strangely elegant…Her face, her pale gold hair, her suit seemed to have no color, but only a hint, just on the verge of the reality of color, making the full reality seem vulgar.”
Who would you add to the list?