The Four Elements of Fashion

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Published on September 2nd, 2014 | by Joan Makai

Fashion is not everyone’s cup of tea. Perhaps, this is due to the fact that some perceive this as a waste of time and money, and some are just not interested in it. If you are not an aficionado of fashion but want to give it a try, there is actually nothing to worry about because this can be learned easily with or without the help of a seasoned designer. It is just a matter of opening your mind and heart to the business. By reading articles and concepts from any fashion magazine, you can gather ideas on how such business works. As a beginner to the industry there are four elements you ought to know in understanding garments and accessories as related to fashion. These are explained below:

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Color is an essential factor in the world of fashion. There are various color shades that match well in the line of wardrobe and accessories. One important instrument used in defining color is the quilter’s color wheel. This is where you can check if two or more colors are a good combination. In here, you can determine if a specific color of accessory works with a particular wardrobe. It is important to note that neutral colors are the most significant shades in the fashion business. These colors are known to match anything and everything that is why neutral colors always exist in fashion shows and formal affairs. Dark colors always make a person thinner and taller while bold prints and strong flashy colors create a fatter body illusion. The young fashion designer can easily understand the element of color because this factor is the easiest to learn.


Silhouette pertains to form and shape. Silhouette is crucial element in the fashion business because this has to be well-thought of, planned and researched. Form and shape must follow the principle of symmetry where garments and accessories exhibit a balance of dimensions. When browsing on a fashion magazine, you will notice that the element silhouette is obviously displayed.


Lines in a fabric are what complete a pattern. In the fashion industry, the creations of garments consider the presence of seam lines because these are features that hold a fabric together in different sections. Lines in fabrics can either be straight or curved and these patterns can either run vertically or horizontally. The size and physique of an individual will dictate the kind of lines that are fit in the making of a wardrobe.


Fabrics, clothing and accessories carry a variety of textures which have an effect on the user. The rule of fashion is always about symmetry and balance. Therefore, fabric texture must produce a plain and smooth characteristic so that it won’t outshine other elements in fashion.

As long as you have educated yourself about the elements of fashion, you are then ready to start as an amateur or young fashion designer. With constant exposure and research, you will surely be able to widen your knowledge about fashion trends and eventually demonstrate expertise in the future.



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