This Cover Awe, we’re talking about great costuming on romance covers! Now I will fully admit that I picked all of the covers below, so it’s fully my fault if you hate them. What I also enjoy about this feature is we get to discuss what elements of a cover work for us and what doesn’t. Sometimes, we disagree!
Amanda: Sarah did a podcast episode with Alyssa on the costuming and you should all go listen to it. But I love the cute dress, like it’s something I could wear, which I love. I also love how the hero’s bow tie is coordinated!
RHG: I love this one.
Elyse: That dress is just breathtaking.
Sarah: I’m entirely biased since I know so much of the story behind this picture, but I love so much about it.
CarrieS: I love the colors!
Amanda: Though you can’t see her entire outfit, the whole picture really is something. The make up, the flowers, the hair, and that eye contact. IT’S EYE CONTACT DONE RIGHT. Man, I just want to see the bottom half of her dress. Or is it separates? Please let it be separates.
RHG: I also love this one. That is a BACK.
Sarah: I love the defiance of her expression, and the number of flowers in her hair.
CarrieS: I just can’t picture what happens if she turns her head. Are there more flowers or what? What’s keeping them on there? But I have to agree that her expression is Not Messing Around.
Amanda: There are so many little touches that make this dress a standout – the pearls, feather hair accessory, and that dark lip. I also adore how the color of the dress blends into the pinkish sky. Whether it’s sunrise or sunset, I have no idea.
Sarah: I don’t usually do cover reveals here, but when I saw this cover, I gasped out loud. It conveys so much – with so little in terms of imagery. Just gorgeous.
CarrieS: I would like to see less cleavage and more face if for no other reason than to get to see the whole hat! Otherwise, love it.
Amanda: A hero cover! The hero in this book is a cowboy and I like how he’s actually dressed by someone who probably works outside in inclement weather. He’s not blasting his nips or showing off his abs next to some fence in a field.
Sarah: HE HAS CLOTHING ON. LIKE ACTUAL WORK IS TO BE DONE. IN THE WEATHER. ON EARTH.
I need to go lie down now.
CarrieS: I agree, that sweater is a lot sexier than all those abs I keeping seeing on cowboy covers.
Amanda: I think all of the Darkest London books by Callihan are kind of powerful and dreamy. But that dress looks like it was MADE FOR just sulking through a forest with a lantern. And I desperately wish my hair could pull off that artfully tousled look.
Sarah: The balance of color really works for me, but I don’t believe that you wander around in the forest with a lantern and no jacket. AREN’T YOU COLD, MA’AM? Also, where exactly is the wind coming from?
CarrieS: I like the dreamy atmosphere but I too feel a need to give this woman a cardigan. Also, is that a train in the back? In the woods? That’s not a good idea.
Amanda: Maybe it’s a balmy forest, Sarah! I do think the series is undergoing a cover revamp because the ebooks seem to have different designs, which I also love for their minimalist qualities.
What do you think of the covers above? Do you have any favorite romance covers with gorgeous clothing?
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