7 Iconic Accessories From Literature That You Can Buy IRL


There are certain literary characters who are inextricably intertwined with their physical descriptions, clothing, and accessories. Lightning bolts and round glasses are immediate signifiers of Harry Potter; puff sleeves always call to mind Anne Shirley; and even though Arthur Conan Doyle never mentioned the deerstalker hat in the Sherlock Holmes books, it's impossible to imagine the famous detective wearing anything other than a "Sherlock Holmes hat."

All of these book characters know the importance of a signature look, but since they’re fictional, I think it’s fair game to steal these iconic looks. Some of the outfits might be hard to track down, such as Scarlett O’Hara’s dress made out of curtains (and your family would probably not like it if you cut down your curtains for the sake of your wardrobe). Some of them may be a bit formal for everyday wear, such as Anna Karenina’s striking black velvet gown. But some accessories from literature are still in style today, or at least versatile enough to incorporate into your outfits. If all you truly want is to be a book character, you’re in luck: steal the style of your favorite literary characters with the following accessories that you can buy IRL.

1Hermione's Time Turner Necklace

CelestialDragonJewel on Etsy

—J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Time Turner Necklace, $10, CelestialDragonJewel on Etsy

2Holden's Red Hunting Hat


—J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Red Hunting Hat, $15.16, JCPenney

3Scout's Ham Costume

—Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

Ham Costume Pin, $10, shinyapplestudio on Etsy

4One Ring To Rule Them All

—J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

LOTR Ring, $11.99, FashionbyJessica on Etsy

5The Rabbit's Pocket Watch

SeLaWire on Etsy

—Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The Rabbit's Pocket Watch, $9.99, SeLaWire on Etsy

6Katniss's Mockingjay Pin

—Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Mockingjay Pin, $5.94, Amazon

7Tris's Tattoo

—Veronica Roth, Divergent

Temporary Tattoo, $2, WelcomeToTheHub on Etsy