“Little Women” Fashion Fun

I can’t think of a better movie to watch in the fall than Little Women. Everything is starting to get cold, the heat is turned on while snow falls outside, and it’s easy to get swept away in the charming lives of the March family. Though there are many versions of Louisa May Alcott’s famed novel, my absolute favorite is 1994’s, starring Winona Ryder as Jo, Susan Sarandon as Marmie, Christian Bale as Lawrence– among several other talented stars.

Although it’s one of my favorite films, it doesn’t necessarily scream “fashion.” The March sisters themselves rarely bothered themselves with fashion– they were simply too poor to do so. With a few notable exceptions, their wardrobe was hand-sewn by themselves or hand-me-downs. Still, the Civil War era (in which this family really lived), still inspires trends today. Here are some fashions I picked to pay tribute to this wonderful book and film.

Spoiler: Laurie's about to propose. Jo is about to say no. How can you say "no" when Christian Bale is on bended knee! Sheesh. :) Source.
Spoiler: Laurie’s about to propose. Jo is about to say no. How can you say “no” when Christian Bale is on bended knee! Sheesh. :) Source.
I love the flowy dress Jo is wearing above. It's ethereal, lovely, feminine-- perfect for spring. This flowy blouse, and the others below, are a great alternative to more formal wear. This one is from 10 Dollar Mall.
I love the flowy dress Jo is wearing above. It’s ethereal, lovely, feminine– perfect for spring. This flowy blouse, and the others below, are a great alternative to more formal wear. This one is from 10 Dollar Mall.
I like this iteration of the "flowy blouse" idea. It's long, so perfect to pair with leggings and maybe a pair of boots. The color is pretty and I like how it's sleeveless. From Polyvore.
I like this iteration of the “flowy blouse” idea. It’s long, so perfect to pair with leggings and maybe a pair of boots. The color is pretty and I like how it’s sleeveless. From Polyvore.
This one is sheer, lending it a delicate feeling of whimsy. Source: Indulgy.
This one is sheer, lending it a delicate feeling of whimsy. Source: Indulgy.
This one has almost a 70's vibe (1970's, that is). Source: AZ Foothills
This one has almost a 70’s vibe (1970’s, that is). Source: AZ Foothills
I was inspired by the flowers in Jo's hand to pair a floral headband with a flowy blouse. This gorgeous gold one is from ASOS.
I was inspired by the flowers in Jo’s hand to pair a floral headband with a flowy blouse. This gorgeous gold one is from ASOS.
This pretty piece is from Charlotte Russe.
This pretty piece is from Charlotte Russe.
The March sisters refused to wear silk on moral grounds-- the silk was often crafted by children, overworked, abused, and not yet protected by the child labor laws we have today. In this scene, some upper class ladies are persuading Meg to try a silk dress, just for one night. She obliges, comprising her moral integrity, and learning a lesson about materialism and staying true to oneself.
The March sisters refused to wear silk on moral grounds– the silk was often crafted by children, overworked, abused, and not yet protected by the child labor laws we have today. In this scene, some upper class ladies are persuading Meg to try a silk dress, just for one night. She obliges, comprising her moral integrity, and learning a lesson about materialism and staying true to oneself.
I love the light blue of Meg's original cotton dress, pictured above. I find this color comparable, and this little dress-- adorable. Source: Dorothy Perkins
I love the light blue of Meg’s original cotton dress, pictured above. I find this color comparable, and this little dress– adorable. Source: Dorothy Perkins
This is a similar color, but a completely different style dress. More casual, you could wear it to lunch, or pair with tights and wear to work. Source: H&M
This is a similar color, but a completely different style dress. More casual, you could wear it to lunch, or pair with tights and wear to work. Source: H&M
I love the lace accents on formal dresses in the film. This LBD offers a more understated accent. From Lord and Taylor.
I love the lace accents on formal dresses in the film. This LBD offers a more understated accent. From Lord and Taylor.
More lace accents. From Bloomingdale's.
More lace accents. From Bloomingdale’s.

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