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Fashion Inspiration: American Girl Doll Samantha


Remember the days of American Girl dolls? If you’re like me, you had your favorite picked out, and – whether you owned that doll or just wished you did – your choice probably reflected 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. (In case you missed them, see our posts on American Girl Felicity and American Girl Molly.)

American Girl doll Samantha
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American Girl doll Samantha Parkington lived a life of luxury with her grandmother in the Victorian period. For fans of the books, Samantha’s heartwarming stories could always relieve a bad mood. Samantha was also one of my favorites because her outfits were always so elegant looking, with intricate detailing and girly touches.Of course, no outfit was complete without her signature bow!

While the days of tea parties with your Samantha doll may have passed, you can turn her polished look into sine wearable, everyday outfits. Below, I’ve created a few outfits inspired by Samantha. Scroll down to view them all!

Victorian Chic

Fashion inspired by American Girl doll Samantha - outfit 1
Product Information: Dress – ASOS, Shoes – ASOS, Bag – Forever21, Belt – ASOS, Bow – Etsy, Necklace – Forever21

Steal Samantha’s signature checked ensemble with a tartan print skater dress and a pair of ballet flats. Belt the dress with a burgundy skinny belt, and grab a bright pink clutch for a trendy twist. For accessories, wear a cute bow in your hair and add a charm necklace to complete the look!

Perfectly Pink

Fashion inspired by American Girl doll Samantha - outfit 2
Product Information: Dress – Forever21, Flats – ASOS, Belt – LOFT, Earrings – ASOS, Hair Clips – Forever21

Samantha looked perfectly pink in her birthday party outfit! (Do you guys remember it?) Update her festive look with a blush pink dress and ballet flats. Wear with a skinny belt, flower hair clips, and mismatched earrings for a fun twist!

Bonus Look: Nellie O’Malley

American Girl doll Nellie O'malley
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Samantha’s best friend Nellie O’Malley was another childhood favorite of many. Though Nelly may not come from the same circumstances as Samantha does, she maintains a determined, sweet, and caring personality (and adorable clothes, too!).

Fashion inspired by American Girl doll Nellie
Product Information: Dress – Forever21, Shoes – American Eagle Outfitters, Sash – American Apparel, Bow – Forever21, Necklace – Forever21

For a modern spin on Nellie’s classic look, wear a blue lace dress with a dark blue sash belt and black ballet flats. Accessorize the outfit with a dainty charm necklace, and a cute (though optional) hair bow.

What do you think?

Was Samantha your favorite American Girl doll? Would you wear any of the outfits above? Which look 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 20, 2012 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , , ,

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30 Responses to “Fashion Inspiration: American Girl Doll Samantha”

  1. 1
    November 20th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Not a fan of this little American doll series thing…

  2. 2
    November 20th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Great post!!!! I absolutely love it :-) :-) I literally gasped in excitement when I logged on today and saw this post on top :-) You are doing a great job, Shelby. I am loving how you blend the nostalgia of these dolls with our present day love for fashion. A great blend. I especially love the first outfit because it really well replicates Samantha’s outfit with cute, actually wearable pieces. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, props, girl!

  3. 3
    November 20th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    YAY! I was so looking forward to Samantha

  4. 4
    November 20th, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    OMG! SAMANTHA! My favorite, thank you thank you :)

    Seems like she’s not your favorite, since there are only two outfits for her… haha. But you just made my day. Love the choices here, too. Yay Samantha <3

  5. 5
    November 20th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I love this series so please continue it! Samantha was one of my favorite characters and the first look is spot on

  6. 6
    November 20th, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I absolutely love this idea ! Ahhh nostalgia – I don’t know who was obsessed with these dolls more – me or my mom. Samantha was my first American Girl doll and my favorite — these outfit ideas are so cute and so original. I would never have even thought of something like this, it’s great !

  7. 7
    November 20th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Love all three outfits! So girly- love how you put the delicate jewerly and the bows with the dresses. They look cute but not too little-girlish.I love Samantha’s stories too
    Please do Kiersten too, She is my doll and my favorite

  8. 8
    November 20th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Samantha was awesome. She was an activist, man!

  9. 9
    November 20th, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Are you going to do Addy Walker? That could be awkward.
    Anyway, all the accessories are to die for.

  10. 10
    November 20th, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    So…I really love these posts but why are all the dolls white so far? I’m not saying you have to do Addie or anything, but there is Josefina, Kaya, the Hawaiian doll, and I’m pretty sure there are some others. So…could you do one of those please? I think that those have just as good fashion inspiration (if not better) than any of the other ones. So please just do one. I would love to see it, and I think you’re doing a great job with the ones that you have done already. Thanks!

  11. 11
    November 20th, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Why shouldn’t they do Addy? Stop trying to sweep our history under the rug! Addy knew slavery was immoral and she expressed that clearly in the series. She was smart and brave. Also eventually free, thank God and Lincoln.

  12. 12
    November 20th, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I am in love with these posts. Rebecca Rubin should be next ! As a fellow Russian, she was always my favorite.

  13. 13
    November 21st, 2012 at 12:29 am

    That blue dress is so perfect.

  14. 14
    November 21st, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Shelby, can you be my stylist? ;)

  15. 15
    November 21st, 2012 at 3:27 am

    The dresses are all soooo pretty! Can’t decide which one I like best!

  16. 16
    November 21st, 2012 at 4:27 am

    I always loved Samantha’s clothes :) Nellie was one of my favorites! I was so sad when they got discontinued :(

    I think Kit might have some interesting looks, if you did her!

  17. 17
    November 21st, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I agree that you should do Addy, I don’t see why it would be awkward. Also, I would love to see Josephina.

  18. 18
    November 21st, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Hi everyone!

    I will be doing ALL of the dolls eventually, please be patient :) Just because I haven’t done a doll doesn’t mean I’m not doing a post on her at all! I’m so happy that you all are enjoying these posts. I know I was a big fan of American Girl when I was younger, so it’s exciting to see that so many of you were too.

    Just to clarify, I am not ignoring any of the dolls nor forgetting any of them – I can only do one at a time :) Stay tuned!

  19. 19
    November 21st, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I love all these outfits! Is it sad to say my style reflects that of a doll sometimes? haha

  20. 20
    November 21st, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I wasn’t implying that we should sweep slavery under the rug, I’m just curious about what fashions are going to stem from Addy: plantation-chic? That’s where I think the awkwardness would come in. Perhaps not!
    Didn’t mean to ruffle any feathers.
    Just curious! Kudos to Shelby for wanting to include all of the dolls, even the enslaved.

  21. 21
    November 21st, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Addy was free in Philadelphia most of the time, not at a plantation. The options for her should be fine.

  22. 22
    November 22nd, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Seriously? So cute! But I am so sad because I thought of doing this idea with my blog about 3 weeks ago and have been planning and researching it all…now I feel stupid..guess I should get ideas out quicker ay? Great job though! i may still do it as I love the dolls and their histories. Love seeing your take on it!

  23. 23
    November 24th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Can’t even begin to say how excited I am about this series! :)

  24. 24
    November 24th, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    OMG I remember I got one of these when I was little and it was like the best present ever!!

  25. 25
    December 5th, 2012 at 1:53 am

    I still have my Samantha doll. She’s amazing and I’ve been sweeping up her super cute outfits on Ebay since she has been discontinued.

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