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Catching Rae

Every Piece is a Statement Piece

The fashion vernacular separates clothes into two categories: basics and statement pieces - but I contend that every piece is a statement piece. 

Just as every word has a definition and every symbol conveys an idea, everything we choose to wear says something about us. Humans are visual animals boasting two elaborate visual sensors which constantly collect, interpret, and store image data - whether we realize it or not. Choosing the type of data we project can help our clients, peers, dates, and loved ones understand us better so that we can build better relationships. 

But how do we know what our clothes are saying? And why is that "basic" piece talking about me behind my back?

If you think about a basic black blazer, for example, it actually contains a lot of design elements that we are so familiar they get overlooked. The blazer style comes from the business world, for example. The color black feels very serious, and it's sometimes associated with mourning. A traditional blazer takes its history from menswear, while a fluid silk blazer might have evolved more from silk pajamas. A thick, stiff fabric suggests a rigid personality, whereas a knit blazer can feel more approachable.

Here is a helpful brainstorming list to help draw out the hidden meanings in your clothes - simply free-writing the emotions and stereotypes you associate with different attributes will give you tons of data to work with:

  • Hue
  • Value
  • Saturation
  • Contrast
  • Fit
  • Hand
  • Weight
  • Luster
  • Texture

So... you may be wondering what some of these words mean, and how in the world to make the leap from a physical description to a personality trait. If that's the case, stay tuned for next week, when I'll be parsing Fall's most wearable trends to help you decide if they are right for you. :)