Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell was an impulse buy for me. I wasn’t sure that I would like it but I was immediately taken in by the misfit protagonists. So naturally, I couldn’t help but style this outfit based on the description of Eleanor.
Eleanor seems to look a little disheveled when we first met her, but also a bit like a tomboy. So I immediately went for a pair of 3X1 Bell Bottomed Jeans with Ripped Patches and an L.L.Bean Whisper Lodge Flannel Tunic. I think these are items that Eleanor would have in her closet and could easily find lookalikes in a 1980s thrift store. For her shoes, I wanted to go with a simple sneaker so I chose a pair of Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High-Top Sneakers.
For Eleanor’s backpack, I wanted something that looked vintage and distressed, so I used the Bondka 18″ Makerwear Canvas Backpack. I thought this backpack had a very rugged look to it and that a little distressing would make it fit the character perfectly.
The accessories were kind of fun to play with. I thought that Eleanor would definitely sport a scrunchie, so I found a Ribbed Knit Scrunchie that matched the shirt. There is a reference to Eleanor wearing something on her arm so I wanted to add some stacking bracelets, which came in the form of the mark. Right On Stack Bracelet Set, which is available from Avon so it fits Park’s mom being an Avon lady.
Since Park’s mom is an Avon lady I wanted to find some makeup from Avon to reflect the scene where she gave Eleanor a little makeover. So I found some mascara, eyeliner, and lipgloss, from Avon, and then rounded it out with a nice green eyeshadow to compliment Eleanor’s red hair and still leave her face looking fresh and natural.
I wanted to showcase the Christmas gifts that Eleanor got in the book as well. So I chose a Pansy necklace like the one she received from Park. Then I chose a perfume from Avon. She receives the perfume from Park’s mom but he asks her not to wear it. The perfume in this collection, FEMME, probably smells pretty nice so you can wear this if you wish.
The last thing I wanted to add to this collection was a Walkman. A large part of Eleanor and Park’s friendship turned relationship revolves around music and I wanted to use this bit of nostalgia to tie into the 1980s nostalgia and that key feature of their relationship.
The Book That Inspired The Look
Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.
Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
What do you think of this look inspired by Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell?
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