How to Dress Like Harriet the Spy but as an adult

Harriet the Spy

Growing up my favorite movie was the 1996 adaptation of Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy. The novel follows the life of of Harriet M. Welsch, an adventurous young girl investigates the lives of those around her while learning lessons along the way. When I was a junior in high school, I regretted not reading enough as a kid so I spent the whole summer reading books for kids and pre-teens including Harriet the Spy. While reading the book, I underlined parts that stood out to me including those about Harriet’s willingness to take chances and the endless opportunities she sees in live.

As a kid and even as an adult, Harriet embodied everything I wanted to be: Bold, daring, risk taking, emotional.

What is too old to have fun? You can’t be too old to be a spy except if you’re fifty you might fall off a fire escape, but you could spy around on the ground a lot.

Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy

Just because we grow up doesn’t mean we have to leave our childhood heroes behind and even writing this post makes me want to reread Harriet the Spy! I’ve also been thinking about how to incorporate aspects of Harriet into my every day life, which, of course, means dressing like Harriet. You’re never too old to be an explorer!

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How to Dress Like Harriet the Spy

Being Harriet is all about being comfortable and putting your own spin on your look. Though your Harriet outfit should ultimately be about functionality, that’s no reason to neglect style. Play up colorful pieces that mix well together and don’t be afraid to add feminine accents in with a more athletic style.

Here’s my key takeaways for getting that Harriet look but as an adult:

  • Embrace color
  • Don’t be afraid to clash
  • Keep is cozy
  • Be ready to take off on an adventure

Harriet the Spy outfit ideas

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