well-dressed-novelists-zadie-smith

While Chimamanda Adichie is not the only fashion-loving novelist out there, she is certainly unparalleled in her openness about it.

Her now famous Elle Magazine essay titled, “Why Can’t Smart Women Love Fashion,” is a must-read for anyone interested in a feminist politics of fashion.

In addition to professing her love for fashion, Adichie also admits that she “admire[s] well-dressed women and often make[s] a point to tell them so.”

Thanks to a recent interview, we now know who some of these women are.

On her list of “women writers who write well and dress well,” she includes the usual suspects: Zadie Smith and Elif Shafak. But there is also Yvonne Owuor, Chika Unigwe, Tayari Jones, Kiran Desai, Ahdaf Soueif, Flora Nwapa, and Mary McCarthy.

We are singling out Zadie Smith because she happens to be one of our literary crushes and also because we are not surprised that Adichie is inspired by her style.

Smith has written 4 wildly successful novels and a host of brilliant essays about literature and culture and yet it must be a joy to take a tour of Smith’s wardrobe.

Interestingly, as with Adichie, Smith’s professed love for fashion has been a journey. When she was young, she buried herself in books and “had a lot of contempt for visual things.” It took growing older for her to “appreciate the idea of a beautiful fabric or a nice dress.”

Here are few pictures to show you why Zadie Smith exemplifies, in the most spectacular fashion, Adichie’s idea of a woman for whom writing, thinking, and dressing well are not contradictory things.

well-dressed-novelists-zadie-smith7well-dressed-novelists-zadie-smith8well-dressed-novelists-zadie-smith5well-dressed-novelists-zadie-smith3well-dressed-novelists-zadie-smith10well-dressed-novelists-zadie-smith6well-dressed-novelists-zadie-smith2

 

 

Image sourced from Buzzfeed.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Archives

Adichie Revisits the Single Story in New Animated Interview with The Atlantic

adichie atlantic interview

Chimamanda Adichie stole our hearts with “The Danger of a Single Story.” Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun had been […]

Monsieur Pierre | By Bura-Bari Nwilo | A Story

nwilo monsieur

“Whenever she gets the urge to forego Roy, she also gets a small dose of mischief, to lie with him […]

The Final Portrait of A Dead Artist | By Romeo Oriogun | Poetry

oriogun portrait

“…the smell of turpentine fills the air as he paints the sea into a man.”   I hear it from […]

Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 6: When In-Laws Misbehave | by Tolulope Popoola

This wedding was turning out to be more work than I had envisaged. After the first two meetings with the […]

You Should Be a Gift | By Ife Olujuyigbe | A Story

Olujuyigbe gift

“I know you know I need you to save face, and you need me to pander to your whims.” *** […]

The Gift-Bearers | By Leke David Omowaiye | A Story

gift Omowaiye

“Don’t you think you should pick that tomato and apologise?” “For weytin now? E reach five Naira? Abeg! Abeg! Abeg!” […]