Symbolic, Story Pieces

How Can i Tell a Story Through My Clothes?

As we talk about on here all the time, what we wear can have a lot to say about who we are. But, most of the time, the meaning isn’t clear to those who see. Unless people are willing to learn to understand each other, this can’t be helped. But adding symbolic or iconic pieces to your outfit can make it a little easier.

If you use symbology, whether in image, colors or written words (yes, language features symbolic meaning), your outfit can become more readable. Symbology is typically recognizable within a culture or similar group of people, despite the representing object being arbitrary in and of itself. I like the way Richard Nordquist puts it in this article“A symbol is a person, place, action, word, or thing that (by association, resemblance, or convention) represents something other than itself.” Some examples could be a red rose representing “romance”, the American flag representing “freedom”, and a black sheep representing an “outcast” or (more positively) “uniqueness”.

Unless you’re using lots of words, fashion will always be mostly abstract in its meaning–even with symbology. But if used well, it can be very meaningful…at the very least, to you. And if what you wear means something to you, that’s the first and most important step. Symbolic clothes and accessories make for excellent conversation pieces.

The blog posts in this category will go over how to introduce symbology into your outfits, one piece at a time.


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Whether it's for Halloween, Disney-bounding on vacation, or just for the fun of putting together an outfit that's inspired by a favorite movie, TV, video game, or book character--I think we all enjoy getting into somebody else's shoes every once in a while. This post will be looking not only at how to get the aesthetics right, but also at how to use character traits and storyline for inspiration, so we can get to the heart of the character we are portraying. So, here are 8 aspects of costume and character design to consider before creating your character-based outfit:

How to Analyze and Recreate a Character-Based Outfit