Harper Price has always been one of my favorite YA heroines. She's strong, smart, and type A, but she's also a total realist. I remember a part in the book where her mentor was like, "You may have to sacrifice yourself for someone else." Harper's response was basically, "Thanks, but no thanks."
Plus, she's the protagonist and most recognizable character in Rebel Belle. So it was pretty clear to me my casual cosplay for this week would be Harper Price inspired.
It's difficult to come up with a casual cosplay for a book character. It's not as if books come with a visual guide. So unless the book has been adapted into a movie or television show, you really have to piece together outfit clues from the book. Since Harper Price has never been adapted for the screen, I had my work cut out for me.
So, what I gather from this information is that Harper favors classic, muted colors. Light blues, light pinks, navy, white, black, khaki. I imagine Harper to be the type of girl who wears khakis, a white button up, and a navy sweater on her down days.
There's at least one more piece of significant clothing detail--the Grove High School's dress code. According to their dress code, no t-shirts, jeans, or shorts are allowed. From this information, I gathered my critical elements of a Harper Price casual cosplay:
- Classic, muted colors (light pink, light blue, light green, cream, white, etc.)
- Business casual look
The problem for me is that I mostly wear dark jewel tones and jeans, which is very un-Harper of me. To make it work, I used the only pink shirt I owned and paired it with some of my most business casual, neutral pieces. Like a black and white skirt and a white cardigan. I completed the look with pearls and black flats.
Keep in mind, this is not one of those things that can ever be exact. We have no idea what Harper would actually wear. We just know that she probably doesn't wear jeans often (at least not to school) and that she thinks pearls are classic. So you should interpret this however you see fit and work within your own wardrobe-induced restraints.