Literary Look: Jacinta from Great by Sara Benincasa

Literary Look Great by Sara Benincasa

Great by Sara Benincasa is a modern, LGBTQ retelling of the Fitzgerald classic The Great Gatsby, and in a word, it’s great and the perfect book for my Literary Look feature! I’ll write more on the book in a couple of days, but for today I thought it would be fun to choose an outfit for Jacinta, the Jay Gatsby of Great. Jacinta, a mysterious fashion blogger who throws the best parties of the summer in the Hamptons, wears unique, gorgeous clothing throughout the book. The outfit I put together above is loosely inspired by this passage from Great:

She was wearing purple eye makeup that set off her enormous green eyes, and a beautiful mint-green sleeveless dress that consisted of finely wrought lace over a satiny sheath. Little, slouchy green leather elf boots and lavender fishnets completed the look. It was delicate and sweet and sexy and hip.

Dress / Eye Makeup / Shawl / Booties / Fishnets


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Literary Look: Detective Hank Palace from World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters

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I’m thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for World of Trouble (The Last Policeman Book Three) by Ben H. Winters. Ben is one  of my favorite authors. His book Bedbugs is one of my top ten favorite horror novels, and I loved The Last Policeman (Book One) and Countdown City (Book Two).

Today I’m going to break down Hank’s wardrobe. Hank keeps working missing person cases in the face of a crisis of apocalyptic proportions (an asteroid is about to obliterate Earth), and he dresses the part of no-nonsense detective. In an unpredictable world readers can count on one thing from Hank: his attire stays pretty much the same throughout the books. He’s kind of like this Biology teacher I had in high school who owned five blue, oxford cloth, short sleeve shirts and five pairs of navy blue pants so he could wear the same thing everyday. Hank’s not quite as extreme in his clothing choices as my old high school teacher, but readers get the feeling Hank is trying to keep a sense of normalcy by adhering as best he can to the dress code from his days on the police force.


1. Hank would try to wear a white non-iron dress shirt (he’s practical like that) as often as possible. That’s just so Hank.

2. Hank’s often depicted wearing a sport coat or blazer in the books. I think this tan, slightly rugged blazer looks like it would be Hank approved.

3. The watch pictured above is a Timex. I can picture Hank looking down at it and thinking it takes a licking and keeps on ticking alright.

4. I think Hank would wear a pair of sturdy oxfords or loafers. I can also see him rocking hiking boots if he could get his hands on a pair.

5. I chose navy blue, wrinkle resistant chinos for Hank, because he would want a heavier fabric than suit pants as it gets colder and even harder to get around than it was before.

6. Hank is constantly reaching for a notebook to write down observations, clues, etc. Even when he doesn’t have one he automatically reaches for it.

Look for World of Trouble (Quirk Books, 320 pages, $14.95) in bookstores on July 15th (also my 14th wedding anniversary!).

More World of Trouble Links to Checkout

Click here for The World of Trouble Pre-order Campaign. By pre-ordering readers have a chance to get all kinds of cool extras.

Click here to check out Ben H. Winter’s blog. He’s doing a reverse blog tour over at his site.

Follow along with the other stops on the blog tour:

Monday, July 7th:
The End of a Series: The tour launches with Ben H. Winters on the challenges of finishing a book series and tackling a trilogy.
Tuesday, July 8th:
The Making of a Book Trailer: The book-trailer for The Last Policeman revisited, a discussion with Opie Cooper and Ben H. Winters.
Wednesday, July 9th:
Ben shares some of the best writing advice he’s ever gotten from his peers.
Thursday, July 10th:
Pre-Apocalyptic Fashion: What would it take to dress up as Hank? A post that details Hank Palace’s attire.
Friday, July 11th:
Hank Palace, a geek? It’s true. Ben H. Winters talks about the geekiest moments in The Last Policeman trilogy.
Monday, July 14th:
The Almost & Original Covers: Ben talks about some of the original cover ideas for The Last Policeman, as well as the almost-covers for World of Trouble.
Tuesday, July 15th:
#WriterWednesday: Research. What goes in to researching for a book like this? Ben H. Winters shares some advice.
Wednesday, July 16th:
#WriterWednesday on Loss & Character: A discussion / guest post on what drives a character in the wake of everything ending / losing so much.
Thursday, July 17th:
Man’s Best Friend: An ode to Houdini. Ben talks about Hank’s furry best friend in The Last Policeman trilogy.
Friday, July 18th:  
#FridayReads for Aspiring Mystery Writers. Ben discusses books every aspiring mystery or thriller writer should read.
Monday, July 21st: 
From stage to novel, Ben talks about writing plays and how it helped him become a better novelist.


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Literary Look: Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote


Literary Look Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote Holly Golightly on Life Between Books

    1. Emma Dress by Kate Spade Also check out these little black dresses from BCBG here and from ModCloth here.
    2. Princess Tiara by Andrea’s Beau, click here for more details.
    3. Cigarette Holder by Fashion Pipes, click here for more details.
    4. Lisa Heel by Kate Spade More cute shoe options here and here.
    5. Sleeping Beauty sleep mask by Mary Green
    6. The hard drive on my laptop chose to die in the midst of me writing this post! I’m not sure where the dress featured last was from but I found two options that look very similar here and here.

I enjoyed the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but I really love the book even more than the movie. If you’ve never read Breakfast At Tiffany’s, please do. It’s a beautiful, sad novel and it’s quite different from the film. The above collage was inspired by the clothing worn by Audrey Hepburn in the film version. Audrey will always be who comes to mind when I think about Holly Golightly.

One of my favorite quotes from Breakfast At Tiffany’s:

Reading dreams. That’s what started her walking down the road. Every day she’d walk a little further: a mile, and come home. Two miles, and come home. One day she just kept on.
― Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Three Stories


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Literary Look: Bridget Jones from Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy by Helen Fielding

LiteraryLookBridgetJonesThis week I’ll be posting my review of Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy by Helen Fielding. While the novel left me feeling more than a little disappointed, there was one running fashion joke throughout the book that I thought was hilarious. At one point Bridget realizes that she dresses just like the mom on Good Luck Charlie and decides she needs to dress more like a “celebrity at the airport.” This made me laugh so hard, because I love looking at pictures of celebrities at the airport in US Weekly. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine, and I couldn’t believe I was reading about something I do in a Bridget Jones novel. Maybe lots of people do this? Are we all secretly admiring pictures of celebrities at the airport?

How does a celebrity at the airport dress? According to Bridget Jones, a female celebrity at the airport wears skinny jeans, ballet flats, a huge purse, sunglasses, a patterned blouse (buttoned to the top), an oversize blazer, and a scarf. At one point in the book Bridget runs around buying the pieces from stores like Zara and ASOS for her celebrity at the airport outfit. Of course, she eventually wears the outfit and it’s a disaster. It wouldn’t be Bridget Jones if there weren’t at least one fashion mishap. See below for buying information for the clothes in the above collage.

  1. Scarf, Zara
  2. Floral Blouse, Zara
  3. Ballet Flats, Loeffler Randall
  4. Sunnies, Marc by Marc Jacobs
  5. Jeans, J Brand
  6. Tote, no longer available (similar here and here)
  7. Blazer, ASOS


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Literary Look: Heather Wells from Size 12 And Ready To Rock

You would probably not know by looking at me, but I love fashion. I started subscribing to W magazine when I was in the seventh grade, and I have been a fashion fanatic ever since. I was thinking today about some of my favorite protagonists with regard to their personal styles. One of my favorite characters that I discovered in the last year or so immediately came to mind: Heather Wells. Heather Wells is the main character in the Heather Wells mystery series by Meg Cabot. I loved the latest installment of the series, Size 12 and Ready to Rock. Heather is a former teen music star with a penchant for getting herself involved in some pretty crazy scenarios.

Literary Look: Heather Wells from Size 12 and Ready To Rock

When I chose an outfit for Heather, I took into consideration her job as a college residence hall director. I thought Heather would probably like to be comfortable during work hours, but she might also like to dress up her casual look with edgy accessories.

Get Heather’s Look:

  1. Hematite Stud Earrings by Stella & Dot, $29
  2. Gitane Tassel Necklace by Stella & Dot, $69
  3. Zara Studded Tote Shopper by Zara, $89.90
  4. skagorn #61 Tee from Madewell, $58
  5. AG Stevie Ankle from Anthropologie, $168
  6. Studded Trifecta Wrap Bracelet by Stella & Dot, $59
  7. Renegade Cluster Bracelet by Stella & Dot, $59
  8. Light Bracelet by Stella & Dot, $19
  9. Valentino Noir Rockstud T-Strap from Neiman Marcus, $995

Literary Look is a new feature here at The Well-Read Wife. Over the coming months I plan to post fashion collages inspired by both classic and contemporary characters from books that I love.

Disclosure: I recently started a new job working as a stylist for Stella & Dot. I will earn commission off of any purchases made from clicking the Stella & Dot links. When you click the Stella & Dot links in the post you can shop the Stella & Dot site by clicking the blue “shop” button at the top of the page.


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