Style Inspiration: Gwyneth Paltrow/Estella in “Great Expectations”

Let’s take it back to Sophomore year at Cardinal Newman High School. “Mr.J”, our Literature teacher, announces:

“Okay, so, your assignment for tonight is to read the next three chapters in Great Expectations”

The whole class groaned except for me. Mr.J gave us a look. The thing about Mr.J is that you could never tell if he was seconds away from blowing out his brains. He spoke in a monotone voice and I can’t recall seeing him ever smile. Then again, if I had to teach English Lit to a bunch of 15 year old kids at a private school, I would probably be suicidal too.

While most people hated the classic Charles Dickens novel, I loved it! I felt like I could relate to Estella’s character on a whole other level. Also, the imagery! UGH.

Anyways, I decided to watch the film version with Ethan Hawke and mega-babe Gwyneth Paltrow. Of course it’s not as good as the book but, damn, it comes pretty close. The drawing scene. Ugh.

It’s grainy but sexual.

The Green Blouse

From now on, I’m wearing all of my button-ups like this.

The Matching Bra and Panties Set

Definitely Calvin Klein.

The Iconic Turtleneck with Red Lipstick


The Cotton Green Slip

Miss Havisham: “Finn will make a fine date.”

Estella: “Oh, God…”

The Backless Sex Dress

Just skip to 1:33

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