Looks from books
By Matt Glazebrook, 14 September 2015
As dedicated sartorialists, we get outfit inspiration wherever we can: from the catwalk, the red carpet, the silver screen – even a good book. Here are three autumn looks ripped from the pages of our favourite works of fiction.
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
‘All it comes down to is this: I feel like sh*t but look great’
Few literary characters care as much about their clothing collection as Patrick Bateman. It's right up there with Huey Lewis and the News, making money and killing people in his list of personal interests. And while the chances of us kitting ourselves out in head-to-toe Valentino are about as likely as us making through the more grisly bits of the text without wincing, there's nothing wrong with sharing Bateman's obsession with well-cut tailoring and strong accessory game.
The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
‘I put my red hunting hat on and turned the peak around to the back, the way I liked it, and then I yelled at the top of my goddam voice, "Sleep tight, ya morons!”’
We imagine Salinger's Holden Caulfield clad in woollen overcoats, preppy East Coast staples and, of course, the most famous symbolic red hat in literature. While a hunting cap with earflaps might be a tribute too far, pairing a steely grey peacoat with warm autumnal accessories (such as a burgundy beanie) is a fine basis for any cold-weather getup.
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
'I left the Fillmore half-crazy and, instead of going home, aimed the big 650 Lightning across the Bay Bridge at a hundred miles an hour wearing L. L. Bean shorts and a Butte sheepherder's jacket'
While we can't endorse protagonist Raoul Duke's enthusiastic drug consumption or his frankly irresponsible approach to road safety, we're fully onboard with his dress-to-excess policy. Punchy printed shirts, statement socks and signature bucket hats are perfect for a long, lost weekend.