The Best Dressed Characters in Literature

I’m sure we’ve all bought a piece of clothing that we just had to have, or saw someone wearing something that we loved. Fashion is a part of our society, whether we like it or not. Whenever a character is introduced or described in literature, their clothing is always mentioned. Good or bad, clothing tells a lot about a person. We’ve made a list of some of the most fashionable characters in literature – in no particular order. 

1) Jay Gatsby

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“An hour later, the front door opened nervously, and Gatsby, in a white flannel suit, silver shirt, and gold-colored tie hurried in.” –The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 


2) Dorian Gray

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“That evening, at eight-thirty, exquisitely dressed, and wearing a large button-hole of Parma violets, Dorian Gray was ushered into Lady Narborough’s drawing-room by bowing servants.” –The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


3) Sayuri

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“But what I could see out of the corner of my eye made me think of two lovely bundles of silk floating along a stream. In a moment they were hovering on the walkway in front of me, where they sank down and smoothed their kimono across their knees.” –Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden


4) Effie Trinket 

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“I wonder if Effie will still be wearing that silly pink wig, or is she’ll be sporting some other unnatural color especially for the Victor Tour.” –The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 


5) Fitzwilliam Darcy

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“Mr. Darcy soon drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien, and the report which was in general circulation within five minutes after his entrance, of his having ten thousand a year.” –Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen 


6) Marcus Clay

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“Marcus Clay takes his clothing inspirations from Blaxploitation movies and musical Gods such as Sly Stone and George Clinton. He is an OG Mack Daddy.” ( –King Suckerman by George Pelecanos 


7) Scarlett O’ Hara

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“Her new green flowered-muslin dress spread its twelve yards of billowing material over her hoops and exactly matched the flat-heeled green morocco slippers her father had recently brought her from Atlanta. The dress set off to perfection the seventeen-inch waist, the smallest in three counties, and the tightly fitting basque showed breasts well matured for her sixteen years.” –Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 


8) James Bond

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“Everyone has the revolver of resignation in his pocket.” –Casino Royale by Ian Fleming 


9) Carrie Bradshaw 

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“I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet” –Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell 



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