(Because if there's one thing I love about worldbuilding more than anything else, it's fashion. ;) )
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Human fashion varies between classes, but all maintain similar silhouettes. In the warmer seasons, off shoulder gowns or tops are worn by women, and men wear a sleeveless v-neck tunic. In the winter, women wear fuller gowns with high necklines and men wear high-necked tunics, often with long jerkins and a skirt or thick pants. Sheer sleeves are the most common choice for women in the spring, and in winter sleeves will often extend to the knuckles, with more than one layer. (For historical reference, summer wear is inspired by the court gowns of Imperial Russia, and winter gowns are inspired by Civil War era daydresses.)
The lower class wear very simple garments designed to use a minimal amount of fa( )ic. Trains on dresses and extra long jerkins are something nearly no lower class member can afford. Dyes are prized, although few are available. Brown, yellow, blue, and purple are the easiest colors to make. Simple em( )oidery and beading are the only decorative options, and are only seen around the collar, since em( )oidery thread is difficult and expensive to make, and glass beads are rare and cost an arm and a leg. Better off lower class members will wear outfits with more extravagant decoration for special occasions. The lower class cannot afford furs and skins unless they trap an animal themselves, so they are usually limited to leather, deerskin, squirrel fur, and rabbit fur.
The middle class wear clothing that’s a bit more extravagant, but not as nice as the upper class. Trains and mid-thigh length jerkins are common, since the average middle class member can afford to spend a bit more on clothing. Dyes are ( )ighter, and more complex colors are popular. Em( )oidery can also be seen on the hemline here, and can cover more fa( )ic, since it’s more affordable. Beading is saved for formalwear, because the less beads there are on casual wear, the more can be put on a formal ensemble. The average middle class member will have at least two formal options in their wardrobe. Nicer furs like fox, raccoon, wolf, and badger are used along with the more common ones.
The upper class can afford to import luxurious fa( )ics from Whiterain’s neighboring countries and even from the countries across the Great Sea. Heavy silks and rich velvets in any color and pattern imaginable can be imported at a noble’s whim, and clothing is drenched in em( )oidery and beading. Ladies sometimes have their handmaidens carry their extra-long trains when out in public, and men will often wear full length gowns or ankle length jerkins. Upper class casual wear is as fancy as the lower end of the middle class’s formalwear, and their closets are usually stuffed to the ( )im. Fancy furs like bearskin, caribou, ermine, mink, sealskin, and cashmere are used, as well as better quality versions of the common furs.
Jewelry is passed down from generation to generation, and is treated with respect. Like all types of clothing in Whiterain, it's considered a status symbol.
Lower class jewelry is often made from the hair of loved ones, with natural materials like twigs, twine, and dried flowers being the most common things to accent the locks with. Leather cords are used as well. You won’t find many gemstones in the lower class, as the lower class members only use gems if they’re lucky enough to stumble across some.
Middle class jewelry uses semi-precious gemstones, cameos carved from alabaster and dyed, and again, the hair of those they love. Metal chains are a bit more common, and some middle class members like to use ribbon in its place. A few can afford to import pearls from Gentra, Lierland, or Galland.
Upper class jewelry uses only the finest materials, and nobles are often dripping in fine gems and metals. A strand of hair or two is often kept underneath the gems’ settings, out of sight but still close to the person’s heart.
Fancy headwear in Whiterain is sparse, usually only sported by nobles and at formal events. A crown or inticate rectangular or cylindrical hat will suffice for ladies' formalwear, but some women wear only a simple circlet. Men wear crowns for formal events.
Peasant and middle class men will wear simple ( )immed hats for work in the sun, and some ladies wear flower crowns made from fresh floral stems. In the winter, the lower class use shawls for head coverings, mimicking the barbettes of the upper and middle class. The females of the middle class use warm barbettes like the upper class, and both classes top them off with fur hats. Men wear fur hats without barbettes, and these hats will usually cover the ears.
Fairy clothing is chosen to complement the skin tone, with white being the most common color. Other favorites include pale blue, wine, and pastel pink. But of course, the options are unlimited.
In all seasons, female fairies will wear simply cut, flowy empire or natural waisted gowns. Alternatively, some fairies prefer to wear babydoll style tops and loose skirts. Sleeves, for both genders, are flowy, puffed, or a combination of both. Male fairies wear belted tunics with either skirts or pants underneath.
The making of lace is an art form among fairies, since string is easy enough to make from materials in Vaerys. Good lacemakers make enough money to rival fairies on the Council. Em( )oidered Tulle, Eyelash, and Venise lace are the favored varieties, and can be seen anywhere lace can possibly be put. Nobles wear gowns and robes positively dripping in the stuff.
The most common fa( )ics are made from unconventional materials softened and thinned by magic. Straw, bones, and even grass are made into hair-thin threads which in turn are woven into fa( )ic and then colored by magic.
Feathers are worn for special occasions by most, and the more one owns, the wealthier one appears. Wealthy fairies will wear small amounts of feathers casually, just to show off. Wearing more than thirty feathers casually is considered gaudy, and only the more eccentric fairies ( )eak this faux-pas.
Fairy jewelry is dainty and elegant, and gems fa( )icated by magic are fairly cheap to buy. Unlike humans, a fairy would never use hair as an accessory. It's considered disrespectful to use any part of another sentient being in jewelry, as it ( )ings to mind how humans use fairy parts as the source of their magic.
Fairies use feathers, flowers, and metal barettes in their hair, sometimes wearing circlets or crowns if they're wealthy enough.
Foreign fashion influences Cendaean fashion all the time, and immigrants from other countries often choose to dress in their country's clothing instead of the typical Cendaean fashion. Sometimes this practice carries on through generations.
Shemtir dresses in a Renaissance-meets-Egyptian-meets-Persian-meets-Mucha sort of way, with lightweight fa( )ics and plenty of metallic detailing. Jewelry is big and chunky. Gold is easily mined and imported, so it's practically everywhere.
Actana favors form-fitting, sheer-bottomed trumpet silhouettes, and plenty of beading. Simple jewelry and hair accessories are added to complete outfits.
Lierland dresses resemble Swedish court gowns from the 1800s or empire waisted tudor gowns. Men dress in a Tudor-ish style as well. Pearl netting and paisley type patterns are popular, and women will often wear their hair in pearled snoods.
Quirans love three things: poofy skirts, poofy pants, and florals. Flowers are a sacred part of Quiran culture, and can be seen everywhere. The richest Quirans hide their hair completely in a sea of flowers, and look like walking flower arrangements.
Galland attire is tiered or layered, and handkerchief hems are always in style. Trims are minimal, and so is jewelry.
Pradovich mixes 16th century Russian aristocratic dress with Baroque clothing. The country gets extremely cold in the winter, so citizens have many different fur shawls, cloaks, and heavy wool fa( )ics to choose from.
Dulos's hemlines are party in the front, business in the back. (Wink wink) Like Pradovich, fur is worn in the winter. The plusher the coat, the better. In the winter, thick, sleek underskirts are worn as to not distract from the high-low cut of the garments.
Eunarin wears clothing that resembles Belle Epoque clothing. It's soft, romantic, and full of frills, delicate beading, and lace. Both genders love to wear arrangements of organza, flowers, and feathers on their head. Some Cendaeans think that the first fairies were Eunarich immigrants, due to the similarities in dress.