Bookish Wardrobe Staples Inspired by Book Covers

Okay, we know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. That’s why we’ve assembled some awesome books worthy of your time—books that also have crazy beautiful covers just begging to inspire an outfit or accessory. We’ve done that for you in the wardrobe staples below. Fashion + books is a killer combo.


The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd | Honeycomb necklace and bee tee

Bring on the bee and honeycomb accessories! Totally necessary for warmer weather. Rock this honeycomb necklace in honor of the book, or grab this organic honeybee shirt to promote awareness about our little fuzzy friends. Pair the two together if you’re super into bees.

Bee a friend: Care for bees like lovely sisters April, June, and May in The Secret Life of Bees, but on a much smaller scale. Check out Tips on keeping bees and making your garden bee friendly over at Grid, a free, monthly publication focused on sustainability issues and green living. We heart you, bees.


Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw | Chambray shirt

Described as Veronica Mars meets MTV’s Daria, Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here made its debut in April 2016. On the front cover, Scarlett sports a button up shirt similar to this classic chambray shirt from Forever 21. Chambray shirts are versatile, especially in the super unpredictable period of time known as spring. Throw it over a tee or a dress and you’re ready to go. When you get too hot, tie it around your waist. Effortlessly chic, thanks to (shh!) the cover of a book.


Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen | Infinity scarf

This delicate cocoa brown scarf with flower and vine details reminds us of the Barnes & Noble Collectible Edition of Sense and Sensibility. The delicate white dots give the scarf a pop, and there’s a sewn in twist so it lays right each time you slip it over your head. We can see any Jane Austen fan in this lovely piece. Layer and layer-ibility, friends.


Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy | Red maxi dress

Take a casual spin on Willowdean’s red pageant gown, the one that graces the front cover of Dumplin’, and make it a maxi. Try the Breezy Night Stroll Dress in Red from Modcloth. If red isn’t your thing, it’s available in blue and green, too. When you wear this one, make sure to channel Willowdean’s feel good attitude and love the body you’re in.

Back cover bonus: Willowdean’s philosophy on having a swimsuit body is to put a swimsuit on your body. Her red with white polka dot one-piece can be found on Modcloth in sizes 16-26. Find sizes 4-14 here. We love this sexy, fashionable suit. Rock the beach, babes.


Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami | Purple tinted sunglasses

Snag a tip from the cover of Norwegian Wood and get yourself a pair of Lennon inspired round sunglasses. Nothing says spring and summer like the brightest of retro sunnies.

Christina Schillaci

Christina Schillaci

Christina is the voice behind Quirk’s social media channels and editor-in-chief of the blog. She graduated from Rowan University with her M.A. in Writing and joined Quirk in 2016. She loves weekend cooking projects, Cape May in the winter, and her dog, Rocket. Say hi on Twitter @quirkbooks or @saychristina!