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    How to describe a dress without being too wordy?? HALP!

    Discussion in 'Setting Development' started by Bluefire, Sep 17, 2020.

    Guess what... I am indeed back. I'm trying to describe this, but whatever way I go about it I feel like I'm telling too much and not showing enough, but when I show it loses the descriptive aspect, I've come here because I know all of you can look outside of the box and I'm willing to admit when something is out of my expertise. Any examples would be extremely helpful.[​IMG]
     
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    I lack the English vocabulary to properly describe most dresses, so instead of being helpful, I'll tell you how I cheat my way around it.
    I can have any kind of dress in my mind and describe it as accurate as I can, the reader is going to form a totally different picture based on how they're seeing the characters in their head.
    So I just go light on details, limiting myself to only the things that I feel must be present in the reader's fantasy.
    In this case, I would try to convey it was a blue dress so long that it made her look like she floated when she walked across the hall, while the leather detail on the corset rising up from the waistband gave her a regal appearance.
    You'll wanna reorder that mess of words, obviously. Also, the word 'tunic' comes to mind, as far as the top half goes, but I'm not sure so I'm not gonna risk it. ;o)
     
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    Why do you need to describe it in depth? Honest question.
     
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    This here. Describe what matters to the narrative or what matters to your POV character and let the reader figure out the rest.

    Other than that, it's a sleeveless keyhole-shoulder dress with an upwards-scooping corset and a circular A-line skirt with only one or no petticoat at all. The only detail missing there is the asymmetric waist-part.

    Though the lack of petticoats really makes the skirt near an Empire piece.
     
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    Instantly reminded me of Yvonne De Carlo - Lilly Munster.

    I was thinking does the dress reflect your character who will wear it? I imagine the wearer being strong and confident. It isn't a dress doing the pretty or the sexual thing. It makes a statement and is classy. (From a man's perspective of course :oops:)
     
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    This, which in all honesty could be asked about most of these types of questions.

    You’re putting far too much time and effort into something the reader couldn’t care less about.
     
  7. Bluefire

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    Thank you, this is a very good idea on how to get around it.
     
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    Because the dress has a significant meaning. I understand that reader won't care about this but I don't just want to say 'A long blue dress' because it's too vague. But it's significant because it has importance to one of the characters of the story.
     
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    I tend to do that a lot lol
     
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    That's a good spin of perspective... Thank you!
     
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    Thank you, I just needed some sort of description to go off of other than a blue dress, ya know?
     
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    So did I. It’s so easy to get bogged down with stuff like this.
     

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