How to Dress as 13 Famous (But Dead) Writers This Halloween

Jane Austen

Author of romantic-fiction classics like Sense and Sensibility and Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen was born into a landed gentry family in 1775. Several illnesses have been attributed to her 1817 death over the years, including Addison’s disease, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, bovine tuberculosis, and Brill-Zinsser disease, but Austen made light of her declining state even as she lay on her death bed to which she was confined for three months before her untimely passing. To attend this year’s soirees as “good quiet Aunt Jane,” track down a Regency gown with an Empire waist and subtle train, and a pair of lacey gloves; adorn your neck with stacked pearls; and sweep your hair into a shabby-chic updo with wispy hanging tendrils. To keep your feet in character, slip on an unassuming pair of coordinating flats.

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