by Julia DiNardo of FashionPulseDaily
Are you totally tired of using the same descriptive words when it comes to fashion, over and over again? I know how easy it is to get in a word-use rut, and have definitely fallen victim to using the same adjectives numerous times, which can sometimes have the ability to actually detract from the post. Let's jump start your vocab with some tips and tricks that I have used over the years that I promise will help you to expand your fashion words and usage.
Ban Words from Your Writing
Chic, chic, chic, chic, chic. This word is one of the main perpetrators that can rapidly go into overuse category, along with “looks” “collection” and “designs”. Figure out what words you need to substitute out with synonyms more frequently, and enforce a self-imposed ban on using them in your post. I make a rule to never use the same word (i.e. chic) more than once in a post, but if it is an absolute dire situation in which I just have to use it twice, two times per post is the absolute hard limit maximum, and I will never use it twice in the same sentence. Being able to identify and rework these words will not only improve your writing and fashion vernacular, but also give the reader an elevated experience.
Read, Read, Read Until Your Eyes Bleed
Well, not really! But in all seriousness, read about fashion excessively. I feel like an old schoolmarm saying this, but the best way to improve your writing is through reading. Set aside a manageable amount of minutes every day or reserve an hour on the weekend to pour over fashion-related articles and stories. You can find some of my favorites in the post that I wrote for IFB here, and there's always so much to take in, from current fashion news to fashion history. Switch it up too, and read new blogs, periodicals, magazines, and books about the subject; the knowledge and style of writing will surely seep it's way into your subconscious, along with the new vocabulary!
Start a Vocab List
This may sound a little cheesy and as if I'm assigning you a homework assignment, but I sweat it works! The best way to do this is to read through runway reviews and write down some great nouns and adjectives to discuss the collection that strike you as interesting, and words that you most likely would not have thought in the context of fashion or ever use. Also, if you don't know what a word or reference means…take that extra one minute to Google it! You never know – it just may become your new favorite word to reference the aesthetic of your favorite brand or designer. Keep the vocab list in a document that you will always have handy (I like Evernote), and add to it as you come across new words, while placing an “x” next to the ones that you eventually do use.
What tip do you recommend for introducing new language into your fashion vocab?