Book Style // Landline by Rainbow Rowell


Landline by Rainbow Rowell had me imagining the main character, Georgie McCool, from page one. As the book progressed, her laid back, and almost disheveled style inspired me to create this laid back outfit that is perfect for a day in the writer’s room.

Georgie McCool is a television writer living in Los Angeles. She’s just got the chance of a lifetime to develop a show with her writing partner Seth over the Christmas holiday while her husband and two kids are in Omaha, Nebraska.

Obviously this outfit doesn’t scream Christmas, but it does scream California. It’s designed for a laid back lifestyle which fits Georgie McCool really well.

To start off I wanted to pick a Metallica shirt. Georgie wears this shirt religiously. In the book, it belongs to her husband, but for the purposes of this outfit I wanted something a little more fitting.

Georgie also wears sweatpants throughout the book so I picked a pair of Parosh Trousers in a bright yellow like Georgie’s magical phone. To keep with the laid back look, pair them with a set of Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High-Top Sneakers.

Of course, you will want to make sure you can transport your laptop or notepad to the office with you, so you need a bag that can stand up to some abuse.The Stella McCartney The Falabella faux brushed-leather tote fits the bill perfectly.

One thing that comes up a lot throughout the book is Georgie’s daughter Noomie. Noomie likes to pretend to be about a cat. So I chose an Origami Cat Necklace to symbolize that relationship.

I also imagine that Georgie’s mother probably gave her a couple pug things over the course of her life. So, I think Georgie brings coffee to work in a 16 Oz Stainless Steel Insulated Travel Mug Coffee Tea Cup Pug.

Then there is the matter of her beauty routine. I pictured Georgie as being really low maintenance. For that reason, I decided that she probably didn’t wear much make-up except for some lip balm. To keep her lips safe from the summer sun, she probably uses something like Mary Kay Sun Care Lip Protector Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15.

Sometimes, I imagine that maybe she or the kids do her nails in a funky yellow color like her phone. I can see her wearing OPI’s Just Can’t Cope-acabana,

The most important part of this whole collection is the phones. Georgie McCool has a magical yellow rotary phone and a cell phone. For her iPhone I picked a Black, White, and Yellow Case from Castify. Then for her landline, I found the Bright Yellow Rotary Dial Telephone from Chairish.

That’s it for Georgie McCool from Landline by Rainbow Rowell! She’s ready for the office or for lounging at home.

Get The Look: T-Shirt | Pants | Shoes | Necklace | Purse | Mug | Chapstick | Nail Polish | Phone Case | Rotary Phone

The Book that Inspired the Look

rainbow-rowell-landlineGeorgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.

Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts…

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Landline is now available for purchase. You can purchase the audiobook through Audible and iTunes. You can get a physical copy of the book through your local independent booksellerBarnes & Noble, or Amazon

What do you think of this look inspired by Georgie McCool from Landline? Have a favorite book you want me to style? Let me know in the comments below. 

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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