Style Inspiration: Anne of Green Gables

Because, let’s face it: who didn’t want to be just like “that Anne girl”?

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Credit: Anne of Green Gables (1985)

If you’re like me, Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables was a huge inspiration growing up. Anne (spelled with an “e”) was hilariously talkative, spunky, and always getting into all sorts of trouble—and it didn’t hurt that she also was a fiercely independent young miss, way back in early 20th century Canada.

One of my favorite parts of re-watching the 1985 mini series (besides getting to see the late Jonathan Crombie’s flirtatious winks and general on screen charisma) is lusting after the vintage Western fashion on display. Luckily, you don’t have to have a time machine to copy Anne’s frilly-meets-prairie look: we’ve picked out the best pieces for your very own Green Gables-inspired collection.

Keep reading to bring out the best of Avonlea into your very own college wardrobe!

Inspiration: “The Anne look”

Credit: Anne of Green Gables (1985)

In this picture, Anne is modeling a simple country girl look of the early 1900s. She layers a thick pinafore (1) dress over a long-sleeved feminine blouse (2), and accessories (3) with satin hair ribbons and heavy black boots (4)

Of course, you don’t have to wear these pieces all together. Pick and choose one or two for a subtle hint of Anne’s vibe. 

1: A Sassy Schoolgirl Frock


Products, left to right: Pink Pinafore | Orange Dress | Denim Pinafore | Green Pinafore | Denim Skirt | Plaid Skirt | Orange Skirt | Beige Skirt

Dig around your local thrift store or grandmother’s closet for these fashion pieces heavy with some real old-school charm.

What you’re looking for:

  • Pinafore dress
  • Solid midi or tall skirt
  • Autumn tones (think pumpkin orange and forest green)

2: A Blouse Full of Ruffles


Products, left to right: Pink | Green | Blue | Maroon | Coral | Checkered

Check out online vendors or the pajama section (think grandma nighties) at any retail store for these delightfully frilly tops.

What you’re looking for:

  • Bib shirt (all buttoned up)
  • Peasant top with a high round neckline
  • HEAVY ruffle detailing

3: Accessories To Make Your Romantic Side Gush


Products, left to right: Socks | Gloves | Bow | Red Pin | Black Brooch | Beige Pin | Brown Pin | Bracelet | Pearl Necklace | Ivory Necklace | Earrings

Pick out these dainty accessories in thrift stores or Etsy shops to add some much-needed charm to your wardrobe.

What you’re looking for:

  • White lace trim socks and gloves
  • Oversized satin bows
  • Cameo brooches (beige or black)
  • Pearl jewelry

4: The Fanciest of Footwear


Products, left to right: White Dress Shoe | Black Oxford | Two-Tone Oxford | Ribbon Oxford | Over-The-Knee Boot | Brown Ankle Boot | Black Boot | Blue Boot | Black Heel Boot

Score these old-fashioned shoes at your local Ross or T.J. Maxx store, as well as any vintage boutique store that specializes in Victorian costume.

What you’re looking for:

  • Girly Oxford shoes
  • Masculine dress shoes
  • Lace-up boots of the Steampunk variety
  • Neutral colors (white, brown, or black)

Extra: A Cozy Winter Scarf


Products, left to right: Beige | Christmas Colors | Autumn Colors | Metallic Grey | Red Infinity | Pink

Shop around Macy’s, JCPenney, or any such department store for a thick scarf that’ll get you through those chilly Avonlea winter nights!

What you’re looking for:

  • Long scarves
  • Natural fabrics (wool, cashmere, or silk)
  • Solid colors or tartan patterns


Was Anne of Green Gables one of your favorite book series/TV miniseries growing up? Did you consider Anne to be a kindred spirit or a bosom friend? Would you like to see more articles based on old-school characters on College Fashion? Tell us!

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