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10 weeks into lockdown in the UK, we’ve been indulging in Netflix movies and dusting off (or trying to) books we swore we’d return to when we get more time on our hands. The Haute Heel team can’t help but reflect on director Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic, Little Women. It may have been released at the end of last year but it’s a film that’s all the more relevant to us now. Like us, our late 19th century heroines deal with sickness, tragedy and uncertainty, all amid domestic quarrels. Plus, who can resist those floaty, vintage sweeping pieces that are a tempting upgrade to leggings and jumpers? Escape into the romantic world of the March sisters, with our guide to Little Women inspired outfits that are wearable now.
Oscar-winning costume designer, Jacqueline Durran’s portrayal of Jo referenced staid colours and distinctly sober pieces. On the cusp of androgyny, Saoirse Ronan’s looks have more in common with everyone’s imaginary boyfriend, Timothee Chalamet – and we aren’t complaining. In stark contrast to her sisters, we think Jo today would make the versatile and practical jumpsuit her staple. She would also need a roomy bag to throw in her teaching books, her reading books and the books she wrote. And it would work perfectly for a socially distanced grocery run.
Meg March’s polite and proper personality is reflected through elegant dresses, in pea, sage, pistachio – and other shades of vegetation that’s totally on trend right now. Never mind that Meg is played by beloved Emma Watson, we’d want to dress like her anyway. Our favourite fashion moment (and arguably, the best of our Little Women inspired outfits – if we can be partial) is her Cinderella scene at Annie Moffatt’s home. As a celebrity favourite, it’s proven that we can achieve a similar moment, descending our staircase in a show stopping Needle & Thread dress.
In Amy’s words, “She was the best of us [sisters]”, and we agree that Beth brought quiet comfort with her non-imposing presence. Durrant’s choice of simple dresses in subdued hues is surprisingly wearable now. What’s more, the character is deeply assimilated into the domestic world and we can bet the modern day Beth is a true homebody, with an impressive loungewear collection.
Amy, played by fiery Florence Pugh takes a whole another dimension in Gerwig’s adaptation. The Paris atelier scene where she eloquently expresses the meaning of marriage in her day! We fell in love with Florence Pugh herself. The wistful blue hues she wears in Paris suit her just as gracefully as the pretty pink dresses of her childhood. We have chic yet summer appropriate outfit options for both her carefree days at the beach and her wistful days in Europe.
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Words by Anushree Gupta