WWSW?: Claire from Outlander

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You guys, advertising is no joke. One week ago, I’d never heard of Outlander and although it’s way too early to make this call, I’d say I’m hooked on the show. And I just bought the book too!

In case you haven’t heard of it, Outlander is a new TV series based on a series of books by Diana Gabaldon. The main character, Claire, is a nurse during World War II, and after the war ends, she and her husband take a trip to Scotland in order to reconnect. One afternoon when she is exploring some old ruins, she accidentally transports herself back in time and ends up in the middle of a battle between the Scots and the Brits. Of course she’s terrified and right now she’s trying to figure out what the hell just happened. She’s already met a handsome Scottish man named Jamie and saved his life… What can I say? I love historical fiction/period pieces, and I’m a sucker for some romance as well.

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As I’ve mentioned, I just found out about this series and so far all I know is what I’ve seen in the first episode (which you can stream for free on Starz right now). Right away, I fell in love with Claire’s 1940s style. Costumes are one of the best parts about period pieces, right? I thought it would be fun to take some of clothes she’s worn so far and give them a modern twist. If Claire was walking around right now in the year 2014, what would she wear (WWSW)? From what I’ve seen, she likes classically feminine pieces in neutral colors. However, she’s also not afraid to throw in some masculine elements as well, such as trousers, coats with strong shoulders, and oxfords.

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Tell me: Have you guys seen the show or read the book(s)?

(All screenshots via Starz | dress, blazer, trench coat, white shirt, oxfords, scarf)


  • http://literaryinklings.com/ Casee Marie

    I love Outlander! The first book is so amazing, I hope you enjoy it. I’m very slow working my way through the series because it takes me a good month to read one book. (So much epic historical detail!) I’ve been so sad about not having Starz for the show, but I’m so glad they put the pilot online at least. Can’t wait to watch it! I love your Claire picks, they’re perfect!

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Yay, I just started first book last night and I’m loving it (no surprise because I’ve read about as far as the first episode goes)! So glad you liked my picks! I wasn’t sure I could do it justice, having just seen the one episode, but I decided to give it a try anyway :)

      Let me know what you think of the first episode! From what I’ve now read, it seems to be fairly true to the book.

      • http://literaryinklings.com/ Casee Marie

        Isn’t the book fabulous? Her attention to detail is just amazing. I watched the first episode yesterday and I loved it! So perfectly captures my idea of the book. I wrote more about it, I’ll be posting it on Literary Inklings soon. (:

        I can’t remember, did you ever see the period drama The Bletchley Circle? Claire’s costumes remind me a lot of the costumes in that show, especially the coats(!) and shoes and the little hints of masculinity. Really lovely!

        • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

          I totally got lost in the Outlander world- I enjoyed it immensely. I can’t wait for the second episode to air. It feels like we’ve been waiting forever now since the first one was released early!

          I haven’t seen The Bletchley Circle. Another one of your recommendations that I must check out! :)

  • http://alwayswithyoo.blogspot.com/ Jane

    i have never heard of it! will check it out :)

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Yay, happy to spread the word!

  • http://rolalaloves.blogspot.com/ Rowena @ rolala loves

    This is first time I’ve heard of this show but it sounds really interesting and Claire’s wardrobe is quite enviable!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Yes, I’m already loving her style!

  • http://www.fashionyfab.com Maru | Fashiony Fab

    Oh it sounds like a great show, I’m a fan of stories like this one so I will definitely check it out!

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Let me know what you think if you do! :)

  • http://www.catalinacreative.com/ Natalie | Catalina Creative

    Nnenna this is amazing, I’m already hooked just reading this! I need to watch.

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Thank you! I really enjoyed the first episode- let me know what you think if you watch! :)

  • http://sarastrauss.blogspot.com/ Sara Strauss

    I’m so excited for this show! I’ve never read the books, but I love the premise! I love the outfit you put together for her!

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Thank you Sara! I just started the first book and so far, so good!

  • http://www.shendove.com/ ShenDove

    I don’t even watch anything other than Netflix and Hulu and I’ve seen the ads for this show a lot of places too! I actually read all of the Outlander books except the latest one. I will definitely watch the series when its on Netflix.

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      I know! I’ve seen a lot of ads on Goodreads too. Good to know that you read the books- now I have someone to chat with! Judging based on just the first episode, it seems to be fairly faithful to the book :)

  • Jessica

    This does sound very interesting. I had not heard of it before. Your selections are beautiful.

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Thank you so much Jessica!

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  • http://www.ihaveadegreeinthis.com/ Kimberlee

    I’ve been hearing SO much about this show. Must check it out!

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Yes, the ads have been everywhere! They definitely worked on me, haha!