Outfits Inspired by Books: The Catcher in the Rye

Outfits Inspired by Books: 
The Catcher in the Rye

As mentioned earlier, my favorite book of all time is The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. This book has gotten me through many a hard time, most specifically the tragedy in Newton Connecticut, click here. I first read this book as a 7th grader while spending a summer in Manhattan. I would sit looking at the pond in Central Park south and wonder where the ducks went? I even asked a few taxi drivers to which I got usually disgruntled inaudible responses that sounded a bit like "arggahahrrgger," or maybe I simply forgot. But this book resonated with me for so many reasons. I walked on the pavement and looked up at the tall buildings of such a beautiful city and I couldn't help feel like Mr. Caulfield himself! I would drink cokes with two cherries because I was too young for rum and cokes and I would ponder the preservation of innocence. At the time I was 14 and I was terrified of the adult world, for I really was on the cusp of my adult life. You are only a child for so long, then adult life till you remain with the flowers. This book speaks of many themes that are very dear to my heart, such as the phoniness of the adult world, the pain of growing up, and isolation as a form or self protection. While they never mentioned it, I'm positive that Holden Caulfield must be an aquarius because we are the same person if not soul mates. Why this book means so much to me is because with a type writer and imaginary universe, Salinger was able to create a world for me, with a protagonist who speaks and thinks the same concerns as I have. Salinger was able to put into words all the confusion on my very own noggin and make me feel better about it. This book makes me want to cry when I think about it because it so much is a piece of my own heart that I feel like it was written for me, as I'm sure many people do. 

"What I was really hanging around for, I was trying to feel some kind of good-bye. I mean I've left schools and places I didn't even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don't care if it's a sad good-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know I'm leaving it. If you don't, you feel even worse"

I absolutely hate goodbyes.

and while Holden came across with a slightly sexist tone when talking about women he said something that I look for in my future dreamboat. 

"I was half in love with her by the time we sat down. That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can."

This book was set in the 50's and I picked out my outfit as if I was going on a date with Holden Caufield at Rockefeller skating rink. 

Outfit Details:
Beret: American Apparel
Striped Button Down: American Apparel
Red Vintage Sweater: Ebay click here to read my story about it
Skirt: American Apparel
Knee Socks: J.Crew
Shoes: TopShop

And yes, Salinger readers, the red hat was completely intentional. 
While I do not have my own red hunting cap, my red beret will protect me from all the harm and everything that is dreadful in the world. When I put it on I'm safe, and no sir, I will not take it off.

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  1. those shoes are ah-mazing! <33


  2. Perfect. And I want to read it again.
    Hava a wonderful new year ^^

  3. this is such a cute outfit. I'm pretty sure Holden would half fall in love with you in it.
    Also, you're into astrology? I love astrology, I love trying work out peoples star signs! I'm Sagittarius by the way

  4. I love this too much

  5. Love the outfit and love the book so much! Seriously one of my favorite reads ever! :)

    1. Also, here's a video I think you might like! :)

  6. I remember reading this book! I thought the narrator wasn't too nice, but I guess thats partially the point haha. Love the outfit by the way, and your hair looks a-maze-ing

  7. You have such a wonderful eye for putting outfits together. And your hair is fantastic. Thanks for sharing with us!

  8. I just started reading it. And omg perfect outfit. xxx

  9. This is so amazing. And I looove this book. JUST PERFECT!

    Greta xoxo

  10. When I first saw this photo on Facebook, I thought you had an actual huge paper cutout of that horse, and I was so freaking jealous.

  11. I adore that book and that outfit!! Especially the shoes. I secretly live in the 1920's.

  12. You definitely remind me of the girl from Moonrise Kingdom

    xx Domenic