Book Style // The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly


Years ago I read and reviewed The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly on my first book blog. Today, I wanted to revisit a book I loved so much by styling an outfit based on it.

Set in the 1940s, The Book of Lost Things follows a boy named David as he is propelled into a world full of heroes and monsters as he tries to save his sister.

Read more to find out why each of these pieces was selected.

For this look, I decided to pick clothing that would fit the period but still bring about a fairytale quality.

One of the first things I looked for when I tried to achieve this look was a skirt. I chose the Dolce & Gabbana Full Poppy Print Skirt. Not only does the floral print look like it belongs in a fairytale world, but the A-line cut would make it easy for a character to kick some butt if she had to.

I paired the skirt with a Valentino flared sleeve blouse and a pair of Christian Louboutin So Kate 120mm patent-leather pumps.

So that you can carry all of your materials I chose a Tory Burch Thea Flat Wallet Crossbody Bag. I accessorized the outfit with Lois Hill Sterling Silver Leaf Drop Earrings and a La Preciosa Sterling Silver Leaf Pendant.

For makeup, I chose a Bobbi Brown Bobbi Brown University Eye Shadow Palette and Stila Stay-All-Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner to get a good smokey eye.

To finish off the look I picked Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick and Essie Nail Polish in Fishnet Stockings.

Get the Look: Skirt || Shirt || Shoes || Handbag || Necklace || Earrings || Eyeliner || Eyeshadow || Lipstick || Nail Polish

The Book That Inspired the Look

book-of-lost-things-uk-225High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own — populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly is now available for purchase. Pick up a copy through your local independent bookseller, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.

What do you think of this outfit inspired by The Book of Lost Things? Have a book you want to request? Comment below and you could see your favorite book featured on the next edition of Book Style.

Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

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