Demure things change, demure they stay the same


Demure things change, demure they stay the same

Dressing like ‘Little Women’ is big right now

Bethan Holt

There’s a scene in Little Women where the March sisters take a trip to the beach. The sky is blue, the sand is creamy pale and, despite this being the 1860s, you will probably find yourself dreaming of wearing one of their outfits.

You may want to steal a picnic basket, don a classic straw sunhat, nab Meg’s delicate green cotton dress or shrug on Jo’s nautical jacket. Because not only is Little Women a universal tale that has chimed with every generation since its publication in 1868, the look is also just right for now.

“The beach was very special,” remembers Jacqueline Durran, the film’s costume designer. 
“I was happy with those costumes because what I wanted to express with them was a sense of light and freedom that I saw in American impressionist paintings. I wanted to capture the beauty of that coastline, the sun and the summer and what it could have been like for these girls about to start their lives. I liked Jo’s costume being a boy’s sailor suit but not quite, and Meg’s being a lovely pastel dress.”..

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