Fashion Anthropology: What Is THAT?

Anthropology is the study of humans. Fashion Anthropology uses clothing as a lens to understand who we are as people. Here’s how:

Dork-Chic: A Style-Story Interview with, Photographer, Heather James | + Compassion and Mental Health

“I have a funky, fresh, out-there personality and I feel like my clothes reflect that … I think that my clothes let people know that I’m open and that I’m ready to talk with people …” – Heather.

Idaho lifestyle photographer, Heather James, calls her style “Dork-Chic”. It’s quirky, but easy-going; Full of bold and happy patterns, but with toned down, depthy Fall colors that she considers to be super peaceful.

The Ultimate Guide to Creating Your Glamorous Style

Elegant, show-stopping fashion for bold, optimistic, nostalgic, dramatic, and idealistic ladies and gents who wouldn’t mind it if they got blinded by the ever-charming beauty, glitz and glamour of classic Old Hollywood.

If that sounds like you, read on to learn how to create a wardrobe that is as glamorous as your soul, and dare to believe in your dreams as these fancy looks inspire a rich and limitless life.
With this dreamy, flirty wardrobe full of inspiration from famous, sexy, and luxurious looks from 1920s-50s, no day is basic!

Vibrant Urban Poet: A Style Story Interview with Tajinder Kaur | + Punjabi Culture and Sparking Conversation Through Clothes

“No matter what style I choose to wear, whether it’s streetwear or a whimsical style, colour and confidence will always be present.” – Tajinder Kaur

Tajinder is determined, talented, genuine, beautiful, and has a unique and vivid sense of style. What first brought her blog to my attention is the mix of her quirky style along with her beautifully raw poetry–It’s an example of a fashion blog that is truly a “must-read” and not just a “must-view”.

Read her Style Story to learn more about her:

Where is Far, Far Away and How Do i Get There? | Peaceful and Adventurous OotD

“Where is far, far away and how do I get there?” Adventure fuels my soul, but i’ve felt incredibly stuck. I MUST maintain inner peace as the first step in any new adventure. This peaceful and adventurous outfit embodies these things.

Reckless: A Style-Story Interview with Gwen Bielicki of “Reckless Resale” |+ Confidence and Mental Health

Gwendolyn Bielicki is a fashion reseller on Poshmark, designer, mom of three young women, and a wonderful friend who is incredibly inspiring and thought-provoking when you get the chance to get a glimpse into her mind.

She’s an overcomer of depression, anxiety and OCD. A quiet but wise, quirky, imaginative soul with so much beauty to offer the world. Soulful, unconventional and by the beat of her own drum, the word that most reflects her style is “Reckless”.

Sketches of Anxiousness – My Anxiety-Inspired Fashion Collection

I felt inspired to bring how i was feeling onto paper in the form of conceptual fashion sketches.

I thought i’d share them with you for two reasons:
1. To give hope that you’re not alone and that others understand what you’re going through.

2. To shed light on what mental health issues feel like–anxiety in particular–and hopefully bring in some more understanding and sympathy.

How to Analyze and Recreate a Character-Based Outfit

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:

Fashion + Self Love Party: Uplift Your Confidence and Self-Esteem with Fashion

Guest post by Lia from A Southern Girl, Lia.
Fashion and the clothes you choose reflect and affect your mood and attitude.
The magic begins when you find a super cute outfit, you put it on grab some heels and Bam! You see a different person in the mirror and so you start acting like one too. Your confidence starts showing and you start building a high self-esteem. Don’t forget that little dance we all do in front of the mirror when we are feeling fabulous.
I hope that my step by step routine is of help to you!

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Fashion + Self Love Party: Love Your Style, Love Yourself

Guest post by Alice from A Lot on Your Mind.
Two psychologists, Hajo and Galinksy (2012), coined the term ‘enclothed cognition’ which argues that your style reflects and affects your mood, health, and overall confidence. If our clothes affect our mood, why don’t we choose the clothes that express our best selves and will make us feel legitimately beautiful?
Here are some tips to owning your personal style:

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Fashion Photo Scavenger Hunt – Fourth Round: Wardrobe Love – #FashionSelfLoveParty Game

Today Lindsey talked about cutting back spending and making the most out of the wardrobe you already have.

Now’s your turn to find and photograph clothing that will put this idea to action!

Photograph one or more pieces that fit one of these criteria:
1. That piece you forgot about, but totally need to wear again!
2. That piece you don’t wear anymore, but can’t get rid of
3. That versatile piece that you can wear in a multitude of different ways!

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Fashion + Self Love Party: Curbing Unhealthy Spending & Loving the Wardrobe You Already Have

Guest post by Lindsey from Have Clothes, Will Travel.
Living in a day and age where everywhere we turn there is pressure to buy the latest and greatest fashion makes it very easy to fall into the “retail therapy” trap. And to make it even more difficult, our brain actually releases the pleasure-inducing chemical dopamine when you buy something new…
…getting addicted to this high is not only bad for your overall self-esteem, it can, obviously, be very damaging to your wallet.
However, I’ve taken a few measures to correct this…
… the trick to it all is creating the illusion you have a ton of clothes by swapping out key pieces when styling your outfits with clothes you already own.

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Fashion Photo Scavenger Hunt – Third Round: Soothe The Broken Heart – #FashionSelfLoveParty Game

Today Josie talked about how clothes can comfort heartache.

Now’s your turn to find and photograph clothing that will put this idea to action!

Photograph one or more pieces that fit one of these criteria:
1. The coziest piece you own
2. That piece that saw you through hard times
3. That piece you really want to buy

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Fashion + Self Love Party: What to Wear When Your Heart’s Been Broken

Finding Comfort in Your Clothes After Heartbreak:
Guest post by Josie Mills from Open Mind Fashion (OMF).
I kissed a few frogs on the path to meeting my prince, my husband. And along the way, some left me green and croaking for a while. In those tough times, I would become even more aware of the textures & qualities of my clothes–my clothes became a form of solace, and dressing up would help me get through the next day even though I wanted to die.

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Fashion Photo Scavenger Hunt – Second Round: Comfort Zones – #FashionSelfLoveParty Game

Today Charlene talked about finding confidence by dressing outside your comfort zone.

Now’s your turn to find and photograph clothing that will put this idea to action!

Photograph one or more pieces that fit one of these criteria:
1. That piece that you like, though others may not
2. An item that kinda scares you (in a good, comfort-zone pushing, sort of way) to think about wearing
3. A piece that makes you feel like the strongest version of yourself.

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Fashion + Self Love Party: Dressing Outside Your Comfort Zone

Guest post by Charlene McElhinney.
I rocked some tight fishnet styled jeans with some extremely
high heels and an awesome studded bikers jacket. It was totally out of my comfort zone, but
let me tell you, I felt like a total bad-ass. I felt incredible. Confidence burst out from
somewhere within me and it was evident in the finalized photos. And it all came down to
what I was wearing. It helped me to get right in to the zone, it helped me to feel fierce, it
allowed me to express myself in a way I’d never done before.

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#FashionSelfLoveParty Activity: Learn to Love Your Body – Body-Positivity Printable

I figured that today calls for something different than the other games we’ve had on social media. I’ve created a body-positivity printable for you to reflect on yourself and start thinking more kindly about your body. This is for you to do on your own time–you can share it or keep it private. But do fill it all out! Sometimes, it’s not easy to love our bodies–But I swear to you: YOU CAN FIND SOMETHING TO LOVE ABOUT EVERY PART OF YOU.

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Fashion + Self Love Party: Clothing Sizes Do Not Define You

Guest post by Alix from All Lady A.
We are all too aware of the huge difference between the same sizes in varying stores.
All too often do we pick up one pair of jeans and venture to another store to find pretty much the same pair of jeans requires us to choose three sizes up so we can actually get the leg past our knees.
Whatever your size, all of this can take a huge toll on our self-esteem. While it’s important to remember is the number on the label is just that, it’s difficult to convince yourself it’s just there to help you find clothes that fit when they’re all so drastically different.

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Fashion Photo Scavenger Hunt – First Round: Savvy Shopping – #FashionSelfLoveParty Game

Today Deanna talked about savvy shopping, and the importance of not letting our clothes get in the way of living fulfilling lives.

Now’s your turn to find and photograph clothing that will put this idea to action!

Photograph one or more pieces that fit one of these criteria:
1. That piece you’ve worn basically a million times
2. The best deal you’ve ever gotten
3. That piece you can live in and do any activity without worrying about wrecking it.

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Fashion + Self Love Party: Savvy is Classy – A Sweet Mess in a Dress

Guest post by Deanna from Lucky.Love.Life.
I’ve never been one to believe that you have to spend a paycheck to look nice.
You don’t need an $850 dress, or pair of shoes, or handbag, to fit in or look amazing. Buy what makes you feel cute and inspired but remember your life is about experiences, not things. You need confidence, charisma, and a rockin’ smile. No matter what you are wearing, you’ll be dressed to the nines.

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Fashion + Self Love Party: 4 Brands that Celebrate Diversity and Body-Positivity

Guest post by Cheyenne from Not So Faux.
Four Amazing Body-Positive Fashion Brands, and Why They’re Important:
If everyone was the same, this world would get boring, real quick.
I don’t know about you but I love when I can relate to a brand’s advertisements rather than wondering why none of the models look like me. Every woman, including yourself, should feel celebrated and not feel like they have to conform to one standard of beauty.
Here are some brands that celebrate every inch of your body and all of the qualities that make you, YOU:

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Fashion + Self Love Party: How To Fall In Love With Yourself This Valentine’s Day!

Guest post by Lena from Lena Dee XO.
Valentine’s is fast approaching and more than often we’re caught up on having a love life with someone else. I bet you sometimes forget it’s okay to be madly in love with yourself and the person you’re becoming. I’m here to remind you NOW is the time to embrace yourself!

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The Girl Behind "Story Behind The Cloth":

My name is Alissa.

I enjoy exploring personal style in light of life stories, and i love genuine expression and seeing people shine with confidence.
Seeing you shine with confidence!

I love all things creative--whether i'm getting to be part of the creative process myself, or just watching in admiration of the creativity of another.

I adore people, stories, cultures, and adventures and want to capture the beauty of it all!

The love of all these things is my main reason for starting Story Behind The Cloth.

I'll also mention: i don't capitalize "i", except for emphasis, as a statement of equality--i'm no greater than you, him, her or why should i capitalize "I" and not "You"?

I'm excited for you to join me in a journey of self-discovery as we uncover why we dress the ways we do, and how we can confidently express who we are!

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