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:

Gyaru Chameleon: A Style Story Interview with Lizzie Bee

Gyaru Chameleon: A Style Story Interview with Lizzie Bee

You’re most likely to find Lizzie having fun, twirling in a cute, floaty, pink dress, and making silly faces. She’s a sweet, playful, and hard-working blogger who writes about being Gyaru (which translates to “Gal”)–A fashion and lifestyle subculture that originated in Japan and exists all over the world.
The Gyaru subculture centers around having fun with fashion, being unafraid of breaking the “rules” to create something more exciting– life itself becomes a party, and “get wild, be sexy” is one of their most prominent mottos. The style is extremely eclectic and focused on boldly being yourself.

Style Advice and Inspiration:

Glamorous Gift Ideas

Glamorous Gift Ideas

Glamorous style embraces 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. You can read my Glamorous Style Guide to learn how to create a glamorous wardrobe. But glamour is more than a fashion sense–It’s a lifestyle. You’re probably here because you know a lady or gentleman who loves to live glamorously, and you need help finding the perfect gift that will make their luxurious heart soar. Whether you’re shopping for Valentine’s day, a birthday gift, or Christmas presents, this post is your one-stop-shop for all things glamorously giftable! From jewelry and accessories, to home decor and treats, to luxurious experiences that will surprise your glamorous friend or loved one and leave them with lasting memories.

Alissa’s Style:

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Fashion + Self Love Party: For the Love of the Gram – A Short Guide for Increasing Self-Love Despite Social Media Influence

Fashion + Self Love Party: For the Love of the Gram – A Short Guide for Increasing Self-Love Despite Social Media Influence

Guest post by Savana from Official Savana Rae.
Instagram has so much interesting content and impressive content creators. However, the bar is set very high. When the bar is set as high as it is, growing may become an issue. It mainly drives attention to the biggest accounts–which undermines the rest no matter how good your content may be.

I have noticed that a lot of people have been affected by this, and a big loss in confidence has increased in my fellow influencers and those who follow me.

I want to give you some self-love advice that I myself follow when I feel low, because let’s face it–we all have THOSE days.

This guide to increase self-love is one that I find incredibly useful, as my mom reminds most days that we all need to love ourselves first so that we can be at peace. Think about it this way, if you didn’t love yourself, how can you feel at peace?

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Fashion + Self Love Party: Perks of Being Single & “Self-Date” Outfit Ideas

Fashion + Self Love Party: Perks of Being Single & “Self-Date” Outfit Ideas

Guest post by Erriel from Erriel J’s Life Chronicles. 
I am only 21 and I enjoy being single, honestly. Not having to worry about someone else and just focusing on yourself for a while is refreshing, honey!
For Valentine’s Day I am treating myself to a “self-date” which means I will be taking myself out on a date! But, what do you wear on a self-date?
Here are my top 3 outfits for a Valentine’s Day Self-Date!

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Fashion Photo Scavenger Hunt – Seventh Round: Love Yourself – #FashionSelfLoveParty Game

Fashion Photo Scavenger Hunt – Seventh Round: Love Yourself – #FashionSelfLoveParty Game

Today Eliza talked about the benefits of loving yourself deeply and unconditionally, and how a little tiny bit of narcissism can ACTUALLY be a good thing.

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 feel most attractive in
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2. A piece you don’t own but think you would look STUNNING in
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3. Outfit that describes who you see yourself to be
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Fashion + Self Love Party: 5 Reasons Why Narcissism Can Actually Improve Your Life

Fashion + Self Love Party: 5 Reasons Why Narcissism Can Actually Improve Your Life

Guest post by Eliza from Aesthetic Distance.
Narcissism gets a bad rap in the media and pop culture. When we call someone a narcissist, it is almost never a compliment. They have a reputation for being sociopaths. We say we can’t stand them, but research shows we actually tend to view them as more confident, intelligent and attractive than other people. Sure, at the extreme (which is called Narcissistic Personality Disorder), it can lead to a lack of empathy and a sense of entitlement. But then why are so many narcissists successful and well-respected? Since we live in a world of “the personal brand,” I’m here to dispute the bad reputation of narcissism and talk about the good parts of being a narcissist.

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Fashion Photo Scavenger Hunt – Sixth Round: Self-Discovery – #FashionSelfLoveParty Game

Fashion Photo Scavenger Hunt – Sixth Round: Self-Discovery – #FashionSelfLoveParty Game

Today Imaan talked about experimenting with trends and new clothing styles for self-discovery.

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 didn’t expect to like or look good in
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2. That piece that helps draw you out of your comfort zones
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3. A trend that you think you might try
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Fashion + Self Love Party: Channelling Influences to Suit You – How Style and Identity Bring about Personal Change

Fashion + Self Love Party: Channelling Influences to Suit You – How Style and Identity Bring about Personal Change

Guest post by Imaan from The August Clause.
Identity is something that I have struggled and still do struggle with, and I can confidently
say that I have an existential crisis almost every second day. I took my personal experience
of struggling to fit into a specific mold and tried to make sense of it, with the one thing I
love– fashion.
The more I started to incorporate small, subtle trend pieces the more I saw the way I dress
evolve, and funny enough, the more I started to understand myself.

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Fashion + Self Love Party: Labeled, Only By Yourself – How to Define Your Own Personal Style

Fashion + Self Love Party: Labeled, Only By Yourself – How to Define Your Own Personal Style

Guest post by Gwendolyn from Reckless Resale.

We like clothing labels.
Could you create a label that fully describes your content? Would you be able to list all your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs? You can imagine the lengthy list of instructions on the label would require.
Practicing self-love naturally affords you with increased confidence, poise, and self-assurance.
Practicing self-love naturally assists you with defining your own personal style, labeled only by yourself.
Here are some simple steps to help you create that personal style:

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Fashion Photo Scavenger Hunt – Fith Round: Uplifted Attitude – #FashionSelfLoveParty Game

Fashion Photo Scavenger Hunt – Fith Round: Uplifted Attitude – #FashionSelfLoveParty Game

Today Lia talked about Uplifting your attitude through your fashion and beauty routine.

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. A piece that makes you really happy
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2. Best to wear on a bad day
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3. Your favorite pair of heels
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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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