How to Dress Like Little Red Riding Hood (Modern Interpretation!)

by on Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Here’s our fun piece on how to dress like the infamous, and incredibly brave, Little Red Riding Hood. And – gasp – we don’t even have a red cape in the mix! Nope. Because do you really want to wear a COSTUME? Nu uh. We looked at some red jackets, coats, capes, capelets and even bolero’s – but nothing looked quite right.

"Red Riding Hood" (1865) John Everett Millais (1829-1896) English Oil on canvas

This is a fall/winter look – and could easily be paired with the red coat of your choice. If you stick to the colors red with a black and gray, or browns – you’ll do fine. Accessorize with some wolf jewelry – we found a cute gold ring wolf ring that looks a little ferocious. With snazzy red lips you’ll be channeling a powerful feeling. The studded gloves seemed very fairytale to me, for some reason. And while Red carried a brown basket, we found a red satchel that works perfectly. All of these elements channel Little Red, when combined with a couple others.

If you read the opening passage of Little Red Riding Hood, and read it with a fashionable perspective – this girl was an IT girl of her village, known for her IT item. To modernize this story and apply it to styling efforts, you really only need to get any statement piece (red is obviously a strong color) and wear it a lot, make it your own. Just like Carrie Bradshaw did with her “Carrie” necklace!

ONCE upon a time there lived in a certain village a little country girl, the prettiest creature who was ever seen. Her mother was excessively fond of her; and her grandmother doted on her still more. This good woman had a little red1 riding hood made for her. It suited the girl so extremely well that everybody called her Little Red Riding Hood.

– Charles Perrault

Dress like Little Red Riding Hood (Modernized!) with these elements:


When it comes time for Halloween dress up timez in October, consider a re-interpretation of Red if you have to dress up, but aren’t totally in the spirit of wearing a fairy of fairy wings – or if you want to feel the Halloween spirit of channeling a character but still have to be workplace professional.

I was inspired to write this when I saw the most gorgeous Little Red Riding Hood paper dolls. They’re by Wool and Water on Etsy.

Put some Little Red Riding Hood fashion into your life.

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