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Sula Peace; Sula, Toni Morrison
She was dressed in a manner that was as close to a movie star as anyone would ever see. A black crepe dress splashed with pink and yellow zinnias, foxtails, a black felt hat with a veil of net lowered over one eye...Sula could wear a plain yellow dress...with a distance, an absence of relationship to clothes which emphasized everything the fabric covered.
Sula is no conventional woman, from the rose-shaped birthmark over her eye to the carefree way she lives her life, Morrison created a character who never quite fits in with her surroundings, even though she betters them just by being there. Also, she really knows how to dress. It's easy enough to find clothes evocative of late-20s/early-30s fashion, but if you really want to emulate Sula, you'll get a rose tattoo. Right over your eye, and arcing up to your brow bone. Even if it's just a temporary one, it'll do for now.
Rose Sweater; Girl. Merino Rose Intarsia Sweater, $320frenchgarmentcleaners.com
Dress; No. 6 Classic Shirt Dress, $355frenchgarmentcleaners.com
Foxtails; assorted furs, oddtwin.com
Temporary Tattoo; Cartolina Blooms, part of the Nautical Set, $15tattly.com