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Describing Clothes

Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by Xitra_Blud, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. Ruby

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    Hi Caged Maiden, thank you for posting this. I found your suggestion very inspirational: I suddenly had a picture in my head of my main character, who is a time travelling Victorian wizard, standing in a modern supermarket in full Victorian dress. Now, wouldn't that be incongruous. :)
     
  2. A. E. Lowan

    A. E. Lowan Forum Mom Leadership

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    I've actually BEEN in a similar situation, in my years performing in Renaissance festivals. We would go to the grocery store in a small group, in full garb, before the festival opened to buy sausage and cheese and small loaves of bread to eat during the day. We got quite a few stares. lol
     
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  3. Ruby

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    Hi A.E.Lowan, that is so amazing! I suppose the customers would just assume she was in fancy dress or an actress.
    To make it really dramatic my MC would have to be staring in horror at people wearing modern dress, wouldn't she! :)
     
  4. A. E. Lowan

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    If she's an actual Victorian, she would be quite shocked at all the exposed *gasp* flesh. Women wearing trousers, displaying their limbs in a wanton fashion. Can you imagine if she popped into our timeline during summer? Halter tops and the new fashion of cut-off jean shorts could give her the vapors! ;)
     
  5. buyjupiter

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    I bought a "winter" jacket a couple of years ago that is full on late Victorian/early Edwardian day jacket. I love to pair it with my long full skirt and think that if I just added goggles and proper boots, I'd be steampunk in my normal clothes.
     
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  6. Ruby

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    Yes, it could be quite comedic! On a serious note, and referring to the original post, I think it is important to describe what your characters are wearing if your story takes place in an actual historical setting. For example, although I wanted my heroine to be a Victorian, I decided not to set the story in 1870 as women's dresses had the most enormous bustles, but in 1899 as the dresses were more streamlined. (There were some other reasons, too, but I needed her to be able to move about and she would have been restricted by the fashions.)
    In another WIP, I've had to research what type of armour a knight would be wearing.
    Writing Fantasy is not easy, is it?
     
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  7. Guru Coyote

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    There's a song the SCA used to sing in these instances: (to the tune of Walzing Mathilda)
    "Freaking the Mundanes, Freaking the Mundanes, who'll come a Freaking the Mundanes with me..."
     
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