Yes, I am still nursing that book hangover for Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I can’t stop thinking about that Scottish SOE agent and her pullover the color of autumn leaves.
So I created this look inspired by the intrepid agent that is so good at pretending. Read on for more information about the pieces I used.
With this outfit I wanted to pull in the events that brought the main character into her present situation of having to give a confession to the Gestapo.
I tried to make this outfit look like it could have come from the 1940s with a bit of a modern influence. For me, one of the most important pieces to get right was the pullover the color of autumn leaves.
I chose the Womens Plain Scoop Neck Long Sleeve Pullover Ripped Sweater in “Yellow” for this primarily because it looked weathered and distressed. Any reader of Code Name Verity would know that our heroine’s pullover has seen better days.
I wanted to keep the rest of the palette plain so I went for solid neutral colors for the rest of the outfit. I wanted a wool skirt, so I chose the Etre Cecile Grey A-Line Midi Skirt because I liked the color and the style was very much in-line with 1940s fashion.
I paired the wool skirt with a Rag & Bone Nightingale Shirt. This might be a touch more modern but since it was covered by the pullover I think it adds some nice details and could be a staple piece in a wardrobe.
Last, but not least I wanted a shoe that would be at one utilitarian and stylish. Fluevog came to the rescue with their Mesmerize Pumps. I loved the style of these, it looks like a shoe you may have seen in the 1940s but it is versatile enough to go with anything in your closet.
When I accessorized this outfit, I laid out some symbolism from the book. The Michael Kors Hamilton Saffiano Leather Large Grey Tote Bag not only compliments the look but is large enough for smuggling out plans.
To pay tribute to Maddie, the pilot that delivers our heroine to France, we added Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses with Flash Lenses and I Adorn U Wanderlust Gold Plane Necklace. These symbolize Maddie’s love of piloting, an essential part of the story.
For codes I immediately thought of Morse Code and selected the Baublebar Morse Code Cuff.
The last accessory holds great significance to the plot. I wanted a scarf since it has some significance to the plot. The character is wearing one when she’s arrested and the scarf travels a lot during the story, but I wanted to find something that would fit the name of the French resistance circuit.
I looked for something with a rose print and found the Patricia Nash Vintage Rose Scarf which also matched the pullover.
The result is a beautiful vintage-inspired outfit that pays homage to the beautiful characters in this book.
The Book that Inspired the Look
I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.
That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine – and I will do anything, anything to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.
He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France – an Allied Invasion of Two.
We are a sensational team.
Code Name Verity is now available for purchase. You can purchase the audiobook through Audible and iTunes. You can purchase a physical copy of the book at your local independent bookseller, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.
What do you think of this look inspired by Code Name Verity? Is there any element of this book you would have liked to see incorporated into this outfit?