Story Behind The Cloth:

A Fashion-Philosophy Blog Seeking to Unveil Meaning Behind Personal Style.

Behind the clothes we wear are countless stories of who we are, who we’ve been, and who we want to be.

Style is an art; a deep form of expression that may often be difficult to put to words, but is full of feeling and meaning.

Behind our choice of fabric, color, texture, and fit are memories, emotions, and ideals that we share in code.

Whether consciously or subconsciously, we’re remembering things about ourselves and sharing it with the world through our outfits.

It’s not always pretty either–sometimes our clothes have something to say about fear, pain, and insecurity–But what good, beautiful story doesn’t include these things, anyway?

Fashion is a unique form of exploration, and personal style gives so much opportunity for self-discovery.

Join me on this adventure of unveiling meaning through fashion, and learning to authentically share our true selves through style.

 

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Style Story Interviews:

Attitude & Artistry: A Style Story Interview with Kader Dayan | + Thoughts on Culture, Confidence, and Compassion

Attitude & Artistry: A Style Story Interview with Kader Dayan | + Thoughts on Culture, Confidence, and Compassion

“I think the most iconic thing [about my style] is my attitude. I grew up in a culture where women are expected to wear certain things and expected to behave in certain ways  … The more I found myself internally, the more it is reflected to the outside world. I’m confident, outgoing, friendly, and open minded and when it comes to my style I feel like I project the same characteristics.”  –  Kader Dayan

Kader Dayan oozes confidence, charm, and creativity in every outfit she wears. She appreciates beauty and beyond the surface, she holds a universe of profound thoughts and a heart of gold.

Style Advice and Inspiration:

A Simple Guide to Creating Your Quaint Style | Cozy Mori-Kei Fashion Tips and Inspiration

A Simple Guide to Creating Your Quaint Style | Cozy Mori-Kei Fashion Tips and Inspiration

Charming clothing that is reminiscent of quiet and content, cabin-in-the-woods life–perfect for peaceful, sweet, nostalgic, quirky, independent (and especially introverted) individuals with a love for nature, creative works, and the idealistic thought of more simple, natural and relaxed living.
If that sounds like you, read on to learn how to create a wardrobe that is as Quaint as your soul, and slip into a quiet mindset as these nostalgic and cozy looks inspire a tranquil life full of simple pleasures and independence, surrounded by nature. With this charming, warm and comfy wardrobe strongly inspired by Mori-Kei (Japanese – Translates: “Forest Style”) you may experience a sense of peace and comfort in even the most hectic of days.

Alissa’s Style:

Das Energi 2019 – Festival Fashion Inspiration + Thoughts on the Future and Optimism

Das Energi 2019 – Festival Fashion Inspiration + Thoughts on the Future and Optimism

Deep down, when choosing what to wear for a rave, we tend to embrace an ideal future persona. Our clothes reflect the future we hope for, and the “future” we feel we get to live out during our time raving.
The future i embrace is one of both technological advancements, exploration, and curiosity; and of peace, love, understanding … Hence: Space Hippie. Click to see the outfit i wore to Das Energi 2019.

The Ultimate Guide to Creating Your Glamorous Style | Old-Hollywood Fashion Tips and Inspiration

The Ultimate Guide to Creating Your Glamorous Style | Old-Hollywood Fashion Tips and Inspiration

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!

Recent Blog Posts:

A Simple Guide to Creating Your Idyllic Style | Country-Chic Fashion Tips and Inspiration

A Simple Guide to Creating Your Idyllic Style | Country-Chic Fashion Tips and Inspiration

Clothing imbued with the simple charm and idealism of the countryside and small-town life; for those who embrace the little day-to-day pleasures and find romance in bouquets of wildflowers and picnics in a meadow.

If that sounds like you, read on to learn how to create a wardrobe that is as Idyllic as your soul, and let life take you on a beautiful adventure as these nostalgic looks inspire a peacefully-exciting life full of simple pleasures and memories frozen in time.

With this charming, light and breezy, cheerful wardrobe even the cloudiest days are full of sunshine.

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

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”.

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The Ultimate Guide to Creating Your Glamorous Style | Old-Hollywood Fashion Tips and Inspiration

The Ultimate Guide to Creating Your Glamorous Style | Old-Hollywood Fashion Tips and Inspiration

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!

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

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.

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Sketches of Anxiousness – My Anxiety-Inspired Fashion Collection

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.

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Fashion + Self-Love Party Recap and Game Results

Fashion + Self-Love Party Recap and Game Results

On February 14th, 2018, the first ever Fashion + Self-Love party came to completion.
Two weeks were set aside, here on Story Behind The Cloth, for the purpose of celebrating self-love and -care through fashion. We celebrated through giveaways, games, and daily guest posts from 14 of my wonderful blogger friends. It was a beautiful experience and i’m so thankful to everybody who helped host and those who celebrated with us!

This post is for those of you who may have missed the party, or parts of it–Or for anybody who may want to reminisce and look back on the encouragement that was given during the event.

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Fashion Photo Scavenger Hunt – Eighth Round: Highlight Reel vs. Real Life – #FashionSelfLoveParty Game

Fashion Photo Scavenger Hunt – Eighth Round: Highlight Reel vs. Real Life – #FashionSelfLoveParty Game

Today Savana Rae talked about loving ourselves and having confidence despite how social media (especially INSTAGRAM!) can often make us feel.

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. Your favorite OOTD from your Instagram posts
#FashionPhotoScavengerHunt22
2. An untouched selfie–No filters, no edits–Just your beautiful self
#FashionPhotoScavengerHunt23
3. That clothing piece that makes you feel unique and wonderful just as you are
#FashionPhotoScavengerHunt24

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