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Fashion Inspiration: Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat”


Dr Seuss The Cat in the Hat
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Incredibly influential and widely read, Dr. Seuss is among the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. I know he’s one of my personal favorites – as a kid, I read his books so often that I had most of them memorized by the age of four. And of all the amazing Seuss books, perhaps none is more famous than The Cat in the Hat. Whether you read the book, watched the movies, or both, you most likely know – and love – this classic tale.

While Dr. Seuss books may not be on your textbook list this semester, you can use these fun children’s tales to inspire your everyday wear! Below, I’ve created a few looks inspired by The Cat in the Hat. Scroll down to view them all.

Rainy Day

Cat in the hat outfit 1: Peplum top, blue jeans, red boots, bow
Top, Jeans, Boots, Necklace, Earrings, Bow

It may be too wet to play outside, but you’ll have lots of fun in this super cute and colorful look! Wear a peplum top with a fun pair of polka dot skinny jeans. If it’s raining (or, if you’re daring, even if it’s not), slip on bold red rain boots that will totally make a splash! Sweet accessories like a trendy bubble necklace and a cute bow will add the perfect Seuss-ical accents to the look. To finish it off, wear fish stud earrings as a tribute to everyone’s favorite talking fish (even if he is a bit of a downer).

The Cat in the Hat

Cat in the hat outfit 2: Red blazer, cat dress, fedora hat, blue sneakers, tights, tote bag
Dress, Blazer, Shoes, Tights, Hat, Bag

The Cat in the Hat knows where it’s at! Steal his style with a trendy cat dress, tights, and a red blazer. Cute sneakers add a casual vibe, and of course, the outfit wouldn’t be complete without a hat to match. Try a trendy fedora for a subtle take on the cat’s striped one. And, finally, while your hat may not be full of surprises, you can finish the outfit with a printed tote that winks at the Cat’s crazy tricks.

Thing 1 and Thing 2

Cat in the hat outfit 3: Red sweater, aqua scarf, white jeans, blue and aqua hair bows, red sneakers
Top, Jeans, Shoes, Scarf, Earrings, Bows

Although no one really knows what Thing 1 and Thing 2 were, you can be certain that this casual look is perfect for class! Wear a red pullover with white jeggings and Converse. For a colorful twist, add an aqua scarf and matching hair bow. To complete the ensemble, accessorize with number earrings – they add the perfect finishing touch to the Things-inspired look.

That Was That

Cat in the hat outfit 4: Black and white chevron dress, wedges, red necklace, blue tote, aqua belt
Dress, Shoes, Belt, Bag, Necklace

This is definitely not Mother’s dress! Wear a cute chevron printed shift dress and accent it with a cute patent waist belt for a fun flair. Suede platform wedges add a modern aesthetic, while a statement bib necklace adds a trendy touch! Grab a structured cobalt bag to complete the look and give the outfit a classic feel.

What do you think?

Did you read Dr. Seuss books when you were a kid? Which book was your favorite? Would you wear any of the looks above? Would you like to see more posts like this one in the future? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on on January 8, 2013 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , , ,

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14 Responses to “Fashion Inspiration: Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat””

  1. 1
    January 8th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I honestly did not know what to expect when I read this post title, however I really love all these looks and can picture myself wearing all of them!

  2. 2
    January 8th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I love all of the color combinations! So cute!

  3. 3
    January 8th, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I love the Rainy Day look! Those polka dot jeans are so adorable and I am in love with that turquoise bubble necklace. I have been dying to get my hands on a bubble necklace.

  4. 4
    January 8th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Ah! Please excuse me while I go Fangirl!

    Loved these looks! Great job :)

  5. 5
    January 8th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I love this! These are all so cute and colorful. I love the playful vibe that you added with all those bright colors, fits the book perfect. I love Dr. Seuss ;) Great post!

  6. 6
    January 8th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    That was an excellent post! I loved all of the outfits :]]

  7. 7
    January 8th, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Absolutely loved this post. I too did not know what you expect, but completely fell in love with these outfits. Especially, the rainy day one! It’s right in line with my more eclectic style. Thank you for the inspiration and I would love to see more!

  8. 8
    January 9th, 2013 at 12:55 am

    I really love the polka dot pants in the first outfit!

  9. 9
    January 9th, 2013 at 5:34 am

    I really love the cat dress in the 2nd picture. It’s so adorable! The 4th pair of shoes is also pretty wicked! xx

  10. 10
    January 9th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I love these looks, especially the cat and the chevron dress! They just scream fun and no worries :)

  11. 11
    January 9th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I love all the colors with the chevron dress in look 3!!

  12. 12
    January 9th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Love the colorful rainboots! Dirty Laundry has the best selection of prints and colors and you can’t beat the prices!

  13. 13
    January 10th, 2013 at 10:56 pm


  14. 14
    February 5th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Yay! Just bought the wide print chevron dress from an online boutique coco & simone for $54! I’m in love!!! Thanks for the article, although I hope ppl dont see me and think of cat and the hat haha.

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