First published in 1908 by author Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables was based on a real-life orphaned girl who was sent to the farm of two adult siblings expecting her to be a boy.
Instead, they received a troublesome girl filled with optimism and a zest for life. This book was so popular that it became a series of novels and was later adapted to film on numerous occasions, including a recent Netflix series.
Over 100+ years later, it’s safe to say that Anne of Green Gables is a classic, selling over fifty million copies worldwide. It’s easily one of my favorite (and most memorable) books from my own childhood, and I just love writing about it to this day.
Below is a trailer for one of the most famous adaptations so that you can get a more visual depiction of the Anne of Green Gables costume:
Anne of Green Gables Costume
Below is exactly what you need to re-create this beloved book character costume.
To dress like Anne Shirley from the Anne of Green Gables series, wear a floral pioneer dress with an apron, a wide-brim straw hat, two long red braids in your hair, and lace-up pioneer boots.
Anne of Green Gables Book
As you can see from the cover of Anne of Green Gables, Anne Shirley herself was a book lover, so why not carry this book to compliment your costume and show others exactly who you are dressed as?!
Floral Pioneer Dress with Apron
Anne Shirley often wore a floral pioneer dress with an apron, and green was the most recognizable color she wore. It’s earthy and looks great with her red hair. This green dress is absolutely perfect for the costume. But, I would skip the bonnet hat, which Anne did not wear, in favor of the wide-brim straw hat recommended below.
Red Wig with Double Braids
Anne Shirley is one of the most famous literary and film redheads of all time. She was known for wearing her hair in two long braids, just like this pretty red braided wig.
Wide-Brim Straw Hat
And instead of a bonnet hat that was customary of the time, Anne Shirley wore a wide-brim straw hat like this one, set far back on her head with the brim facing up instead of forward. I also love that this style is packable AND can be re-worn again in real life.
This easy DIY Anne of Green Gables costume for women is a tribute to the fiery spirit of a literary icon. It’s not just the puffed sleeves or iconic braids, but the essence of Anne’s boundless imagination and zest for life. Whether you’re dressing up for an event or simply reliving the magic of Prince Edward Island, embodying Anne is a delightful celebration of timeless literature and childhood nostalgia.
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