Fashion in a time of prophecy

It’s no secret that I love fashion, from drawing designs to figuring what I’m going to wear when I get up in the morning (although the second option is far more limited) – and what my characters wear is something that I love discovering. You can tell a lot about a person by what they wear, and I love incorporating their personality into their clothing. This has been especially fun for Kenna, as it’s medieval fantasy, and medieval fantasies have the best wardrobes. Even when I don’t describe a character’s outfit in a certain scene, I tend to have an image of what it looks like in my head. I thought it would be fun for you to have an idea of what these particular people wear, to better grasp who they are. (And I had a lot of fun putting this together as well, so win/win). Enjoy!

Kenna

Kenna has two different looks. On most days she dresses boyishly, without paying much attention to her appearance. On the occasions when she needs to present a more dignified, authoritative look, her wardrobe changes entirely and she is transformed into regality.

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She favors simple, bold designs that say Look at me and know that I mean business.

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Farrien

Farrien’s clothes are designed to blend in, therefore they look good but don’t stand out or call attention to him.

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Einar and the Elves

Their way of dressing is not technically ‘fashion,’ as they care nothing for it and dress only for practicality; cotton, boiled and tanned leather, and fur make up nearly everything they wear. While they are all from the same birthplace and many of them from the same clans, they each bring a slightly different flair to what they wear whether they realize it or not.

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Freja

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Rago

Rago’s way of dressing is rather careless; trousers and a shirt (closed is optional), his hair down; perhaps braided, perhaps not – unless he is in battle, in which case he wears a suit of light, ornate armor.

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The Royal Siblings

Morougha and Isyss both dress with all the tailored grace of their station; but they always have a bit of a dangerous edge to them. The devil is in the details.

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The Ladies Mysir

Lady Dichen and her daughter, Lady Rhyne, are both beautiful and cunning with a grasp on political intricacies that most don’t suspect. They are from Task-sikian, and so wear bright colors and light, layered fabrics suited to the desert climate.

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This was by no means an extensive look at the clothing in Kenna’s world, but I hope it provided some entertainment and inspiration. Once more characters have been introduced, I might do another of these; purely because I enjoy it. What about you? Is fashion a large part of your novel?

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18 thoughts on “Fashion in a time of prophecy

  1. Fashion is the best!! I always enjoy figuring out the distinct dress of my characters too! Especially one of my particular stories which is a bit steam/cyberpunk thus modern flairs take shape in styles from all periods and you got to know that looking up the inspiration was half the fun!! I love the styles you have for Kenna! I myself feel inspired at this moment by them! XD

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  2. well this is just beautiful. Let’s only wear these styles, okay?
    Fashion isn’t a huge part of either of my novels, but I always know what my characters are wearing, be it a dress or just a tshirt.

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  3. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who HATES Game of Thrones with a passion but still thinks Danaerys was gorgeous and beautiful. Her costumes and her characterisation style was breath-taking. Kenna looks just amazing!

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      1. I agree completely. Gorgeous styles and hair styles and clothes. I really like Sansa’s hair styles and dresses as well. She’s unique and beautiful.

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        1. Sansa is beautiful. I think Margaery is /stunning/, and Daenerys is gorgeous – seriously, there are some brilliant minds behind that show, in spite of all the grossness.

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                1. oh, I KNOW, RIGHT?! O.o Like Bones. I ADORE Bones, but I wish it didn’t have some of the stuff it does… because it’s so scientific, geeky, and awesome characters!

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  4. …Can I be one of your girls…? They’re all so pretty!!!
    And funny thing: I’m going to make my own clothes this summer! Well, that’s the plan anyway. We’ll see how it turns out. :P But it kind of went in line with this, although these items are so much more gorgeous than anything I’d wear or be able to make. xD

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