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While it’s very common to see someone declaring their pop culture preferences by wearing a t-shirt branded with their favourite band, movie, or TV show, it’s rarer to see clothing reflecting one’s literary taste. Fear not, bibliophiles, because here are a couple of websites catering to your obsessions.

Out of Print sells shirts, accessories, and stationery that features classic book cover designs from a variety of genres: children’s books, literary classics, nonfiction, plays, cult favourites, and dystopian nightmares (the latter being a genre close to my heart).

A Clockwork Orange Jane Eyre The Origin of Species

The Brothers KaramazovFor Whom The Bells Tolls Charlotte's Web

As a fan of frogs, the colour green, and evolutionary biology, I’ve had my eye on The Origin Of Species one for quite some time. A bonus aspect of these shirts is that they will satisfy nosy commuters who are disappointed that the popularity of ebook readers means they can’t easily tell what their fellow commuters are reading and judge them by their book choices.

Another option for stylin’ booknerds is Litographs. Their shirts are a touch more subtle, featuring beautifully minimal images in one or two colours that depict famous scenes, characters, or symbols from books. If you look a little closer, you’ll see that the areas of flat colour are actually the densely printed text of the books themselves.

Hamlet the Iliad Treasure Island

The Wind in the Willows

Some very charming designs, and pretty useful if you find yourself waiting around somewhere without a book. If you can read upside down, that is, or simply love a book so much you’re willing to go half-naked just to read it.


Pantone polish picks

Each new fashion season the Overlords of Colour at Pantone scour the catwalks to identify the key trend shades that designers are collectively loving on, which eventually trickle down into our high street stores. The palette for fall autumn 2013 includes the typical nature-inspired hues that crop up at this cooling time of year, muted greens and the fiery shades of dying leaves, with some rich jewel tones thrown in to ensure looks won’t blend into the scenery. Pantone’s colour of the year, Emerald 17-5641, still isn’t showing up in affordable fashion as much as this green addict would like, but Nails Inc have, um, nailed it with their limited edition polish shade Queen Victoria Street. Here’s the rest of this season’s colours for your fingertips.


Nails Inc Queen Victoria Street, £11; Models Own Freak Out!, £5; CND Shellac Limeade, £13.99; Rimmel Pompous, £2.99; Illamasqua Alarm, £14.50; Hits Speciallita Demeter, £7; Essie Sew Psyched, £7.99; China Glaze Fuchsia Fanatic, £5.56; OPI Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!, £9.68; NARS Night Clubbing, £14.