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Fashion Inspiration: American Girl Doll Felicity


Remember the days of American Girl dolls? If you’re like me, you had your favorite one picked out, and – whether you owned that doll or just wished you did – your choice was probably a reflection of your personality.

To help you get in touch with your inner child, our latest series takes fashion inspiration from these elementary school favorites, using them to inspire real-life-wearable outfits you can rock today. Think it can’t be done? Watch us prove you wrong…

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Felicity Merriman was the spunky animal lover of the American Girl historical dolls. Her stories, set in colonial Williamsburg, Virginia in 1774, gave many of her adventures a very patriotic theme.

Whether you had a Felicity doll or always wanted one, Felicity and her colonial attire can actually be a great source of fashion inspiration! (And no, we aren’t talking about those “dress like your doll” matching outfits… but how many of you owned those, too? Be honest!)  Below, I’ve created a series of outfits inspired by Felicity. Scroll down to view them all!

Tea Time

American Girl doll-inspired fashion: Felicity
Product Information: Dress – Modcloth, Sweater – Forever21, Shoes – ASOS, Necklace – ASOS, Earrings – Forever21

While she wasn’t always fond of tea time, Felicity always dressed in pretty floral dresses for the occasion. Channel her style with a cute floral dress and lace-accented cardigan. Wear with oxfords, a horseshoe charm necklace, and dainty floral studs to finish off this super cute, tea time-inspired look.

Equestrian At Heart

American Girl doll-inspired fashion: Felicity
Product Information: Top – Forever21, Blazer – ModCloth, Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters, Boots – Forever21, Bracelet – Target, Earrings – ASOS

If Felicity was your favorite, you probably loved her most for her love for animals, especially horses. Above, I created a modern-day equestrian outfit inspired by Felicity, featuring pieces that are on trend for this season.

To get this look, wear a bow-tie blouse under a plaid blazer, and pull on a pair of skinnies. Choose quilted riding boots for an equestrian flair, and accessorize with a faux leather strap bracelet and mix-and-match horse stud earrings to complete the ensemble.

What do you think?

Did you have American Girl dolls? Was Felicity one of your favorites? Are you inspired by Felicity’s colonial style? Would you wear any of the looks above? Which one is your favorite? Would you like to see more posts like these in the future? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on on November 6, 2012 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , ,

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60 Responses to “Fashion Inspiration: American Girl Doll Felicity”

  1. 1
    November 6th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Okay, this might be my new favorite series of posts. I loved Felicity as a kid…. and these outfits are really cute.

  2. 2
    November 6th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I loved Samantha and Abby they were my favorites

  3. 3
    November 6th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Great idea for bringing inspiration from our childhood! My favorite was always Samantha, though Molly also held a special place in my heart as well. I never bought the matching clothes though. I chose to get Nelly as a doll friend for my Samantha doll instead.

  4. 4
    November 6th, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    My grandma gave me Kiersten when I was 7 and my cousin had Josephina, and the girls I babysit for all of them! I still play with my doll when I babysit because I bring Kiersten over!

    This is such a cute idea for a post, and I love the outifts. I dress really girly so the first one is so cute, I would just have to add in some tights or leggings or switch out the shoes for boots because I leave near Canada and it is already freezing here!

    I would love the outfit like that in the summertime too!

    Please do all the other dolls, this would be such a cute series!

  5. 5
    November 6th, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I loved Felicity as a kid! I still have the books somewhere :). This is such an awesome idea

  6. 6
    November 6th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    My childhood! I loved Felicity but Molly was my favorite! :) My little sisters had Josefina and Kit too but there are so many new ones I can’t even keep track of them all (but I hope you still do them all)!

    I’m a little disappointed though that there was no outfit featuring Felicity’s gorgeous blue dress: I LOVED that dress!

  7. 7
    November 6th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Please please please continue these!! And please include Molly; she was my absolute favorite – she looked exactly like me, grew up in my favorite era, and had the same birthday as me!!!

  8. 8
    November 6th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    i love this theme, but the second outfit is a little too costume-y for me.

  9. 9
    November 6th, 2012 at 7:04 pm


    Please do Kit!

  10. 10
    November 6th, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Kirsten was my favorite! She was Swedish, and my family is Norwegian. I owned all of the Kirsten books and checked out all of the original books for the other girls from the library. Cool post!

  11. 11
    November 6th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    O.M.G. :)))))

  12. 12
    November 6th, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    This is awesome! I would love to see a Samantha post.

  13. 13
    November 6th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Samantha for the win, seriously, I loved loved loved these dolls, but Samantha had a certain sass about her that Molly or Felicity could never compare to.

  14. 14
    November 6th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Kirsten was my fave, this is so cute.

  15. 15
    November 6th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Like others said, please do posts on Molly and Kirsten. Also do posts on Addy and Josefina as well please! It would be greatly appreciated.

  16. 16
    November 6th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I LOOOOOVED the American Girl dolls! I had a Samantha doll and two Bitty Babies :) keep up the posts on this one!

  17. 17
    November 6th, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I loved American girl dolls as a girl! I think the fashion inspiration from the historical dolls is perfect. I hope more are to come, what perfect style inspiration. Love it :)

  18. 18
    November 6th, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Great post! I loved Felicity, but my fave was Molly and Samantha! it would be great if you did a post on Molly! :)

  19. 19
    November 6th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    New favorite series. It better be a series! My favorite was Kit, though I never got her): I had Samantha!
    Two outfits just isn’t enough though, I wish there was more.

  20. 20
    November 6th, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I absolutely love this fashion inspiration! I was obsessed with American Girl Dolls growing up and have Felicity and Addy! Love the looks you created :)

  21. 21
    November 6th, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    This is amazing!!! Such a great and out of the box idea!!! I LOVE IT and I will be watching like a hawk for the rest of the AG girls. I had three favorites: Kirsten, Samantha, and Molly. :) These dolls and books got me obsessed with history. what an AWESOME walk down memory lane thank you for that!!!

  22. 22
    November 6th, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Please do more from the series!!!! And not only the main dolls, but the “girl of the year” doll fashions as well

  23. 23
    November 6th, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    i love felicity! but my favorite was kit. will you do one inspired by her??? :)

  24. 24
    November 6th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Yes more American Girls! I love them still!! :D Josefina was my first and favorite doll :)

  25. 25
    November 6th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I screamed when I saw the title of this post haha. I love American Girl Dolls, and even now I still have my Kirsten Doll xD My little sister has Felicity’s best friend Elizabeth. I just love all the historic outfits that the dolls wear. When I was younger I used to buy dresses that seemed “Felicity-like” to me. They had to be poofy enough. I even had a petticoat, and when it came time for those Holiday pageants in elementary school I used to brag to my friends that I looked like Felicity except not ginger. xD Lame, I know. But they were good memories. Great post! I can’t wait for more. :)

  26. 26
    November 6th, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Samantha, Josephina or Molly!!

  27. 27
    November 6th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    This is genius! Please do Samantha or Molly–they were my favorites. :)

  28. 28
    November 6th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    YES!! Thank you! The original American Girls (Felicity, Josefina, Kirsten, Addy, Samantha, Molly) will always be the true American Girls to me! So happy you did Felicity!

  29. 29
    November 6th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Oh, you guys. Brilliant idea.

    Felicity is so overrated IMO. I had Samantha because she shared my birthday, and my favorites overall are her, Addy, and Molly. Molly has some pretty cute clothes, like the birthday dress.

  30. 30
    November 6th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    What a cool idea. I hope you’ll do Samantha next.

  31. 31
    November 6th, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Love this! Please do more!! Kit.. Josefina

  32. 32
    November 6th, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    This is the best thing ever!!! I was addicted to American Girl when I was little and my Felicity doll was my most prized possession. Thank you!

  33. 33
    November 6th, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I owned josephina and Samantha. Between myself and my 3 sisters we had all of them and would drool over the catalogues the second they came in the mail for months. I recently had one delivered to my house randomly and I will admit I still sat down for at least an hour and looked through it multiple times!
    Love this post!!

  34. 34
    November 7th, 2012 at 12:04 am

    I love this, please do Samantha or Molly next!!

  35. 35
    November 7th, 2012 at 12:06 am

    The first outfit actually reminds me of Kit!

  36. 36
    November 7th, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I adored Josefina with Samantha and Molly tied for second. I can’t say how many times I wanted her for Christmas. I received a bunch of dolls one year in particular, but no Josefina. So silly to be a touch sad about that thought. Maybe one day I can make it up to another little girl.

  37. 37
    November 7th, 2012 at 1:24 am

    I have Felicity and all of her clothes! She is my favorite, but I also love Kit!!! Love the first outfit!! Would also love to see Samantha. She was my sister’s doll but I loved her style!!

  38. 38
    November 7th, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Thanks so much for doing this post! I am an American Girl Doll collector, so it was so much fun to see a post about a big hobby of mine. Samantha and Felicity are my favorites :) I hope you continue the series; this post is great and it’s sure to be lots of fun!

  39. 39
    November 7th, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I Adore this. I’m not sure if she is one of the originals but I always loved Kit could you please make one with her?

  40. 40
    November 7th, 2012 at 10:41 am

    This is an awesome post! I can’t wait to see the rest of my doll collection (Josephina, Kirsten, Samantha, and Molly) represented here, along with the other dolls! Please continue this series, it’s such a wonderful idea (:

  41. 41
    November 7th, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I loved the books growing up! cant wait to see the post on Samantha!

  42. 42
    November 7th, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Love this theme! I loved American Girl dolls and the books as a kid, and still do! :)

    Please continue this idea… I would love to see your fashion thoughts on my old American Girl doll: Samantha!

  43. 43
    November 7th, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I am really hoping to see a post on Addy! She was my favorite, I never got the doll but I read the books. Actually, I cried over the books lol

  44. 44
    November 7th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I read College Fashion religiously, but this is the first time I have commented– more please! This was great!

  45. 45
    November 7th, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Paula, I cried over those too! Addy’s were rough.

  46. 46
    November 7th, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I cried over Addy books too!! My mom would read them to me at night and we would both be like bawling our eyes out…..
    but really i loooove this post!!! i had 7 of the dolls, i got one for christmas each year since i was 5 till when i was like 9 and i got one for my birthday a few years. they were my all time favorite childhood toys!!! I think i got felicity, kit, kirsten, a couple of the girl of the year dolls, a bitty baby, and a few more. and a ton of outfits and accesories. omg now i’m getting all nostalgic. but really the outfits are adorable. you should do more of these!!!!

  47. 47
    November 7th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Please do Samantha next! She was always my favorite. I looked so much like her as a kid I used to read her books and wish I was her living in that beautiful Victorian house with her proper Grandmother. I didn’t have the clothes but I had a dress that looked like hers and I made a pink purse out of construction paper and dressed up as her for school one day.

  48. 48
    November 7th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Oh, this is such a great idea for a series. I can’t wait for the Samantha post- she was always my favorite. Maybe you could do outfits inspired by the companion dolls to the main American girl dolls too in your next post, such as Samantha and her best friend Nellie.

  49. 49
    November 7th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I love this idea so much!!! I had Kit and I loved her, but I also really liked Samantha and Felicity too. Please do more!

  50. 50
    November 7th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY. I dressed up like Josefina for Halloween!

  51. 51
    November 7th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Please please please feature Samantha. I know she is a retired doll now, but she was always my favorite. I always wanted a Samantha American Girl doll, but never got one. I’m pretty sure she’s the reason why I always wanted my burnette hair to be curly and believed in the magic of friendships and relationships between the upperclass and lowerclass society members :)

  52. 52
    November 7th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Thank you so much for doing this, please do more. I love these dolls. Also possibly look into their Christmas and birthday outfits.

    My favs are Samantha and Rebecca

  53. 53
    November 7th, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Best series of posts ever!!! I hope we have more to come!!!!

  54. 54
    November 8th, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Yay, I love this post! Please do Samantha and Kit. :)

  55. 55
    November 8th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    This is amazing. Please continue with more!!

  56. 56
    November 9th, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Finally — this is amazing! I just did a Google search for a similar article the other day and couldn’t find a thing! More please.

  57. 57
    November 9th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Oh my goodness please do all of the dolls!!! This was amazing. I especially love that dress!

  58. 58
    November 24th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    This is so amazing <3 I love Felicity so much, and I noticed that you did outfits for the other dolls' friends as well, so my question is why not Elizabeth? She's one of my favorites and I think her style is super pretty :D Could you please do an outfit for Elizabeth also?

  59. 59
    December 27th, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I purchased an American doll for my grand daugter this Christmas. She was beautiful and all of the accessories were great. My disappointment was that everything was made in China. This for me, took away some of the pleasure of giving her the gift

  60. 60
    March 26th, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Okay, this series is AMAZING, but I’m really disappointed in Felicity’s post. She was my absolute favorite, but you didn’t do anything with her blue Christmas dress, her two Meet Felicity dresses (the lavender one shown and the earlier beige one), or her friend Elizabeth, who also had fabulous style. So pretty, pretty please do more outfits for her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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