Fashion, Storytelling, Symbolism.
How Can i Tell a Story Through My Clothes?
As we talk about on this blog 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. Often times, misconceptions can even be made based off of stereotypes. Which sucks.
Unless people are willing to learn to understand each other (Which, i do hope to inspire through this blog!), this can’t be helped.
But adding symbolic or iconic pieces to your outfit can make it a little easier.
If you use symbolism, whether in image, colors or written words (yes, language features symbolic meaning), your outfit can become more readable.
Typically, a culture or similar group of people can recognize and understand a particular symbol, despite the representing object usually being arbitrary in and of itself. I like the way Richard Nordquist puts it in his article A Symbol in Language and Literature:
“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 being an “outcast” or (more positively) “unique”.
Think about what you care most about, what your personality is like, and the things that have happened in your life that contributed to who you are: can you think of any symbols that could represent these things?
Unless you’re using lots of words, fashion will always be mostly abstract in its meaning–even with symbolism. 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.
Additionally, symbolic clothes and accessories make for excellent conversation pieces…and that’s when you can best help people understand.