‘Pride & Prejudice’

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Halloween is approaching, and you want a costume that’s as unique as you are. No sexy bumble bee for you, oh no. You want something more subtle—something a little cerebral and very specific, something that makes a pointed statement about your intellectual curiosity and cheeky sense of humor. And your love of books.

Dress as your favorite literary heroine, of course. Not only will this provide you the opportunity to attire yourself in sumptuous garments—you’ll also get the smug satisfaction of living out your “Dead Poet’s Society” dreams as you drop knowledge bombs from Victorian Literature 201.

1. Anne of Green Gables

‘Anne of Green Gables’

Though our plucky, headstrong heroine wanted puffed sleeves more than anything, sensible Marilla kept her attired in sweet but plain clothes (that is, until the Christmas when Matthew surprised her with the dress of her dreams). Recreate the look with this frock and straw hat. A red pig-tailed wig would complete the effect.

2. Elizabeth Bennet

‘Pride & Prejudice’

This empire-waisted Georgian gown is perfect for attending balls at Netherfield and turning up your nose at smug, cold-hearted men.

3. Sansa Stark

Take back Winterfell?—?and the attention of everyone in the room?—?when you swan into the party wearing this cape with attached collar (this collar is tulle, but you can totally pretend it’s an animal pelt) and faux-fur boots worthy of a Stark.

4. Juliet

‘Romeo and Juliet’

But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is Halloween, and you (as Juliet) are the sun, garbed in a velvet gown with a bejeweled headband adorning your tresses.

5. Jane Eyre

Nothing says “I’m an adolescent governess falling in love with my brooding, still-married employer in a drafty manor on the English moor” like a prim, somber-hued blouse.

6. Nancy Drew

The mystery of your Halloween costume is solved! Don a sensible cardigan and carry a magnifying glass to look every inch the wholesome sleuth.