It’s A Fashion Thing: How Clothes Can Fit Into Your Story

Without opening your closet door, you may have the palette of your wardrobe memorized. Lots of white and black for a classic office career? A range of green and yellow for a fresh feel? Anything from the spectrum because you are just that colorful?

How can a wardrobe relate to writing?

When we wake up in the morning, we dress for the day. Our selection fits our plans, casual to formal. Dressing is a form of expression for the day’s events, along with ourselves.

Understanding and applying this concept can help writers better depict to readers what their character’s strut.

She has a way with words, red lipstick, and making an entrance.”

Kate Spade

Fashion designer Kate Spade is known for her spunkiness and bright colored merchandise. Her stylish styles could make anyone feel bold and young again. This quote glitters in a particular fanciness, another way she hoped to make girls and women feel.

Every book needs a character who enjoys the finer things in life and likes to step inside the spotlight just a little bit more than everyone else.

TIP: Use fashion to represent wealth and expensive status.

As far as I’m concerned, leopard is a neutral.”

Jenna Lyons

Not every single one of your characters will share the same sense of style. Fashion is a form of art and self expression. Fashion has the power to make use feel free, confident, and unstoppable.

Based on your character’s personality, lifestyle, behavior, attitude, and more, fill their wardrobe with prints that help to bring their identity to life. If they enjoy taking risks and being a tad daring, leopard and cheetah print can sneak into their threads every now and again.

Allow such patterns to have a voice and speak for themself.

TIP: Place your character in patterns to give them an edge and accentuate who they are.

When in doubt, wear red.”

Bill Blass

Where is your character going? A party? Out on the town? A first date? A business meeting? A quick walk in the park? Take into account the scene and the setting your character is about to step into. Consider the atmosphere and space, the activeness or sedentariness. Based on those answers, let the color palette speak.

TIP: Put your character in colors that make sense to the occasion.

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