Sunday, 18 May 2014

Fae Fashion



Fae Fashion - Photo by Atistatplay


Have you ever heard of Fae Fashion? 

Fae is the Celtic word for fairy. Fae is a small subculture supported by fairy enthusiasts. These individuals may be pagans or non-pagan fairy fanatics. Fae fashion is noted for its use of organic subject matter and resembles the artwork of a various fairy artists, like Nene Thomas. Although this style is rarely seen outside of a convention or festival setting, it has weaseled its way into many wardrobes. 

How can I incorporate Fae fashion into my wardrobe? 

To get inspired try checking out the Fae magazine or look at artwork from the many talented fairy artists. Much of the Fae style is derived from fairy art. You may notice the outfits resemble work from an artist you have seen before; black and white striped leggings, tight corsets and underbusts, tattered skirts and dresses, these are synonymous with the image of the modern fairy. I recall a few years ago when these costumes were the number one choice amongst women for Halloween (second only to the vampire of course). Fairies look sweet and innocent but are often thought to be mischievous or seductive. What woman wouldn't want to embody these qualities? 

But how can you take a more serious approach to Fae fashion? You certainly don't want to parade down the street donning a pair of five foot wings; it won't work if you plan on driving any place and you might get some strange looks. What is the mature, street take on Fae fashion?


Fairy Costume Design - From CNCS

Keep it Real

Fairies are woodland spirits. They live in the great outdoors not in a futuristic Metropolis, so the best way to bring a touch of Fae into your wardrobe is to think organic. Try using natural fabrics when constructing your wardrobe. Think cottons and silks. You could also try utilizing real natural materials from outside (provided they won't rot!). 

Colour 

Fae Fashion from Fae Magazine
The beautiful thing about Fae fashion is that it's natural and therefore its colours should compliment every skin type. If you're looking for inspiration, try going for a nature walk and look for colours that stand out to you. For instance, you might be in love with an old oak tree; note the colour of its bark, the deepening red of its leaves, or the moss that clings to its trunk. When designing your colour palette keep nature in mind.

Texture

Some Fae enthusiasts like to look as though they've lived in the forest for a hundred years. Their clothing has shown "age". They tatter, burn, or distress the clothing to give the impression of wear (always be careful when playing with fire, learn what materials this works on!). When dressing primarily in shades of brown or green you might want to create visual interest in your outfit, you can achieve this by using a combination of textures. Try combining different fabric types. You can also create visual interest with layering, which is commonly seen throughout Fae fashion. Try layering a patchwork of different printed fabrics in a skirt. Using embroidered appliques of natural motifs, like leaves, is another way to invite texture into your design.

Accents

If you plan on wearing jewelry or hair accessories you will want to maintain the organic look. You can use feathers, flowers, carved wooden trinkets, or wear naturally occurring crystals. It's also a neat idea to somehow involve the Celtic roots of Fae fashion through accessories and jewelry. The Celtic triad has always been a favorite of mine. Many Fae wear headdresses that are created using vines and fake flowers. Get creative when accessorizing, the sky is the limit!


Fae playing a flute - Photo by Atistatplay

I'm particularly attracted to the natural aspects of Fae fashion. I adore nature! I love to go for hikes and I love animals, so it comes as no surprise to me that I'm taken by this style. In the future I would like to create some Fae fashion of my own.

What do you think of Fae? Is this style a growing subculture, or a mere fad?

Kind regards,







4 comments:

  1. I am hugely inspired by faery style, my belief in magic and faeries is a part of who I am though, so it's not really a trend to me. :)

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  2. Hi Laura!
    It's wonderful to hear from someone who believes in faeries, many of the people I know wearing Fae are more into renaissance festivals and cosplay. I am very interested in those with spiritual and religious connections to this style. Hopefully in the future there will be a growth in online communities for Fae, where individuals can share their stories and fashions. : )
    Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Nice post! I found a tutorial on youtube were Emilie Autumn shows how to make her fairy wings, from the Enchanted era and I have started to doing my own, but left them because it's not my style, maybe for a masquerade...
    I have actually seen a fairy once, it was unreal. It was -18 degrees and something looking like a huge black butterfly fled up and hid from me. It was not a bird.

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  4. Cool! I'll have to check that tutorial out, it sounds awesome!

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