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In the Realm of the Fae, style is functional, but there are many different functions that style may serve. The main character of The Queen’s Choice, Anya, dresses for warmth and convenience because she spends much of the book traveling. Travel clothes are important to Fae culture because every Faerie goes on a coming-of-age Crossing into the human world.
The fundamentals of Faerie travel fashion are a comfortable tunic, thick leggings, and leather boots, typically knee-high. Anya also wears a double-wrapped sword and utility belt and an ankle-length cloak, and carries a leather travel satchel.
Within Chrior, the Faerie city, women step up their casual style with comfortable, flowing dresses that come to the knee or lower. Often with asymmetrical hems, these dresses are paired with soft sandals that wrap up the leg (gladiator-style!). Men complement the women by layering belted tabards over their tunics, and wearing well-shined boots with quilt texturing. Depending on the season, their tunics may be made of breathable canvas so they don’t overheat.
Men’s and women’s jewelry follow similar trends: leather bracelets; rings and necklaces that sport raw, uncut stones; and floral or leaf headbands braided into the hair. Fae are also drawn to wing-themed designs, especially butterflies because of the similarity in structure of butterfly wings to their own.
For formal occasions, Fae gravitate toward structured gowns, frock coats and waistcoats. Corsets are considered overly restrictive, but are still worn on occasion, and are favored by Anya’s peculiar young cousin, Illumina. Because Anya is a member of the royal family of Redwood Fae, she and her relations wear capes and delicate crowns with stones representing the four elements. Her Aunt, Queen Ubiqua, is known for sophisticated, colorful, and fashion-forward outfits that never fail to stun.
In all fashions, Fae look for intricate designs and homages to nature, right down to their belts and shoes (which, contrary to stereotypes perpetuated by humans, never have curled toes). Check out the whole Pinterest board, created at the encouragement of Refracted Light Reviews!
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(All pinned images on this board belong to their original creators/creating entities)
Click HERE to view the whole “Fashion of the Faerie Court” Pinterest board.
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