Delaney's Armoire Fashion Through Feeling

Delaney George | 2/1/2017, 12:26 p.m.
When you go to your closet in the morning to find the outfit of the day, what do you base ...

When you go to your closet in the morning to find the outfit of the day, what do you base that decision off? Weather? Occasion? Contrast of what you wore the day before? Believe it or not, some individuals dress themselves based on how they would portray their own feelings and emotions.

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to several millennials who say they dress “how they feel”, or by their mood or vibe. These individuals do not conform themselves to the standards society sets on things like what is considered business casual or after-five attire for example: they feel, visualize, and execute. No matter the style, if you see it, you’re viewing their take on emotions through fashion.

Janae’ Hurst, Blogger, Visual Artist, and Vice President of Ivy Couture, a Dillard University Fashion Council, dresses according to not only the mood of the day, but also when she feels the need to express a concern on something.

“I always dress how I feel, which is why I could never put an outfit together ahead of time. Society plants so many rules in our heads causing many people to conform, but breaking those rules through clothing is my favorite part” said Hurst.

Hurst recalled a time when she wore an all-white tee shirt, knee high boots, and high waist shorts paired with a cardigan. “Typical college student outfit” one would say, but, the tee shirt contained a realistic drawing of female breast on the front, which then stirred lots of conversation on Dillard’s campus.

“It was super controversial! While the women and feminist who saw loved it, the men were just distracted. Regardless, it catches the eye of all, showing the power that clothing holds” said Hurst.

Tyrian Reed, a Creative Director and Marketer for several local collectives carries out many projects to express how she feels through fashion.

“I love to pull the beauty out of every concept I do because there is always more than one perspective” said Reed.

Reed’s approach on fashion and emotion involves combining couture and high fashion with the urban culture of today. After examining others feelings and emotions, Reed directs each of her shoots and projects as a portrait of human expression.

“Whatever emotion our environment brings, that is how I dress my clients or myself, my emotions guide my wardrobe. You can always tell what vibe I’m trying to communicate based on my clothing alone” said Reed.

Fashion has the power to tell a story or communicate a statement if worn correctly. A mere tee shirt can hold the power to evoke emotion on anyone who views it. So, the next time you visit your closet, feel, visualize, and execute, to tell your story to the world through fashion.