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Questions tagged [clothing]

For questions regarding clothes (and other related possessions) and trends of a culture.

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Wizard clothing for warm weather [closed]

Wizards in fantasy worlds are very often portrayed in thick robes and hats (and of course long beards and hair for the men). These don't seem very practical for summers or any kind of hot weather (...
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Logical justification to wear black leather in the Post-Apot

So, let’s say we have a character like this: Living in a place like this: In many post-apocalyptic media, leather jackets and blue jeans are the main form of attire for characters, even ones living ...
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Hygienic footwear for prehensile feet?

Prehensile hands have the advantage of not having to constantly touch anything they don't have to - with the exception of things like doorknobs. Feet don't have that luxury, and so in a sense will ...
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What would prevent living skin from being a good conductor for magic?

Various forms of magic exist, and they are used in different ways for different effects. One involves scribing runes onto an object to provide it with magical properties. This allows for enhancement ...
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Practical body armor for a female who can create objects from her body

In the anime My Hero Academia, most people have a random ability like a physical enhancement, a bodily mutation, control of an element, etc. Momo Yaoyorozu is a student who has the ability to ...
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Any examples of headwear for races with animal ears?

So, considering the structure of the head and ears for creatures like cats, dogs, and bears, if one were to make a race with those types of ears (The stereotype cat person, essentially) I am curious ...
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Would it be possible to create a spandex looking suit that at the same time offers physical protection?

I'd like to know if such a material would be, at least, theoretically possible nowadays, if we somehow were to be able to have enough material of whichever one we wished for and the theoretical ...
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What kind of footwear is suitable for walking in micro gravity environment?

Set in the near future, the interior of the spaceship is coated with thin layers of Teflon approximately 10mm average thickness on top of titanium alloy which in case you are wondering it is weakly ...
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Leaf-based clothing: Practical? Historical? Fictional?

Plant-based clothing comes in a variety of forms, both stereotypically and historically: grass skirts, barkcloth, et cetera. But one form I have only ever seen in fiction is clothing made from ...
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Full plate - ways to make individual suits look more distinct

So I have a fairly large empire led by knights, and there are a lot of different households with their own proud histories and strong personal identities. As a natural consequence of this, a culture ...
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Most effective Faraday-Cage hat design to avoid government spying

A tin foil hat is a hat made from one or more sheets of aluminium foil, or a piece of conventional headgear lined with foil, worn in the belief or hope that it shields the brain from threats such ...
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Practical (and Impractical) Clothing Styles For Microgravity

What might clothing designed to be worn, long-term, in microgravity look like? For the purpose of this question there are two categories. Practical, or everyday wear, and impractical or simply fancy ...
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Could you do acrobatics and long-distance running in an ankle-length dress?

So this should probably belong on clothes.stackexchange.com, if there were such a thing, but here I am with a question that I hope is not too complicated or specific for this site. My situation: I've ...
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Apparel for a time traveler [closed]

Some context: You are traveling to somewhere temperate (55-85 Fahrenheit )in the past, at some random time, post 1000 BC, pre 1800 AD.You do not know where, save that it is in Europe, or a similar ...
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Autumn/winter clothing for winged humanoids who try to stay out of sight

I looked for answers, but didn't see any solid answers for this particular question. Unlike the other questions my winged humanoids can have their wings disappear so they can pass for human, then have ...
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Would wearing clothes over fur be uncomfortable?

Wearing headwear over hair isn't very pleasant when hair is relatively short. Does this hold for fur? In case of humanoid creatures covered with short (up to 5mm) fur, like cats or dogs have, would ...
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Fashion and Wings [closed]

I have a race of angel-like winged humanoids, hereafter referred to as Avians. They are essentially humans with hollow bones and a single pair of large, feathered wings attached near their shoulders. ...
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Centaur Accessories

What kind of bags and jewellery could be worn on the horse part of a centaur? Keep in mind that their clothing is similar in style to horse barding and the centaurs need to be able to put them on ...
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Surface Clothing for Merfolk

Underwater, merfolk see no need for clothing. It just slows them down, and the material that they need for it is expensive and hard to get. On the surface, however, the humanoids find their nudity ...
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People bounce on their butts. What would they wear? [closed]

Followers of one religion bounce on their butts with legs crossed. What would they need to wear on their legs to make that comfortable? Their scripture contrasts three gifts that will end (prophecy, ...
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Good approximative function to extrapolate weight of scaled clothing

Motivation The Square-Cube law is usually cited where questions of scale arise. Actually applying it to real-world objects quickly shows that it is completely unusable to approximate weight ...
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Indestructible silk: good armor?

I've been playing with different conceptualizations and types of armor for historical settings, especially armor with magic enchantments or made from weird materials. I was stuck thinking about ...
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What's the most effective clothing in a pre-industrial world of aggressive plant (and animal) life?

I'm building a highly verdant, "garden" world where fruit and vegetation grow so easily and naturally that they can be easily picked in passing by the relatively small human population. So, imagine an ...
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Can Seal And Whale Skin Be used to Make Leather?

I have a culture, superficially similar to the Inuit cultures, that lives on numerous small islands far to the north. Many of these islands are devoid of deer or other large mammals and on a number of ...
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Dresses for swordplay?

I've tried to write up a few new styles of swordsmanship for a story I've been planning. I've got a lot of mileage from different sword types and techniques, but have one idea that I can't find any ...
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Logical reason why dystopian government controls what people wear?

It’s the year 2018, and you live in the good ol’ North American landmass. The fascist landmass. By this year, the dystopian N.A.F party controls all of the landmass and secret police prowl the streets ...
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Could mermaids feasibly make clothing out of natural rubber?

In a world I'm currently developing, I'm working on a merpeople equivalent (more or less physically identical to your bogstandard mermaids, for the purposes of this question), and I want them to wear ...
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Wading through high-inertia particulates: how could pre-modern technology best approximate a protective, slick, waterproof suit?

In the supernatural plane of existence known as The Exhibition, time appears frozen - nothing is moving, falling objects are suspended motionless, the works. In addition to this, while outside ...
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What pockets should Spider-man use?

Before we get into the question, I'd just like to say that this isn't specifically for Spider-man, but more of a general "character who moves around a lot and finds themselves upside-down quite often"....
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Why would female superheroes wear tight, revealing costumes?

So, as you know, superheroes and heroines have been popular for many decades. All superheroes wear some form of colorful spandex, but it seems like female superhero costumes are a little more…...
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How plausible is it for a 12-year-old girl to walk through a village in her swimsuit in England? [closed]

I'm writing a MG novel (MG is aimed at a core audience of Middle Grade readers aged 8 to 12) set in Northern England, but I don't live there, so I'm not familiar with the local sense of propriety. In ...
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Is there a material that can harden when blunt force is applied, but also be lightweight?

So, in the future year of 2569, technology has progressed greatly from what it was in the 21st century. The people on earth don't have to worry about food or resources, as 3D printers can take care of ...
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Why would magic users dress differently from everyone else? [closed]

For reasons of both balance and making each class in my videogame visually distinct from each other, magic uses tend to wear long robes, capes, and other hallmarks of wizards and witches. This often ...
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Why would men find fedoras especially practical on a distant planet? [closed]

This question is a bit silly, I know. As an author my base motivation here is stylistic preference and a shameless attempt to evoke a flavor of golden era setting of so many great adventure and ...
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Designing a plausible Corinthian-style modern combat helmet

I recently asked about the plausibility of a fully-enclosed modern combat helmet, whose design took cues from the Corinthian helmet, a human skull and a scowling face. This "Corinthian-Type Helmet" ...
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How to Design Clothes for quadrupeds? (Otherwise: Quadruped propriety in an intelligent, clothed society?)

In an alien society, humans, humanoids, bipeds, and quadrupeds mingle on a daily basis. Assuming all the humans and humanoids wear clothes as we are accustomed to them, what would be the quadruped ...
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The practicality of Corinthian-style combat helmets

I'm considering creating a fictional multi-national black ops unit called S.W.O.R.D (Special Worldwide Offensive Resolution Division) designed in a highly organized and militarized manner such as you ...
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On a frozen world, what would be the thinnest, warmest materials to make clothing from?

I have a world I've been developing whereby the entire world is locked in a cycle of perpetual winter. The "seasons" still exist but are merely a spectrum of mild cold ranging toward horrific winters....
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How would people in 17th century Salem react to modern day clothing

So I and two others are working on a time machine, and I accidentally press a wrong button and whoosh, all my friends and I are in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts. Nobody sees us appearing out of ...
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Is it possible to braid a hat with pure gold and it still be usable? [closed]

So here's the background: there's an adventurer who is looking for a golden hat made by an extraterrestrial civilization as a gift for one of his ancestor in the 18th century. Is it technically ...
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Clothing requirements for people with enhanced speed

I'm trying to create a society in which everyone has some form of superpowers and would like to know what sort of clothing would be needed to keep up with the new physical requirements and not fall ...
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How might digitigrade biped shoes work?

For one of my fantasy humanoid races, I am conflicted on whether to make them digitigrade or not. A big question that comes to mind for this, is how shoes might work for a people with feet similar to ...
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Why does the Conjoined Alliance of Space Travellers keep producing red uniforms?

The Conjoined Alliance of Space Travellers (Nope, not that one) is a generally nice completely peaceful group of heavily armed species exploratory organisation. Using ships such as the Exciting ...
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How Would Shoes Look On More Ape-like Feet?

Unlike Humans, the great Apes have feet with an abdicated big toe. This allows them to grasp tree branches and manipulate objects like we do with our hands. My question is this: If an intelligent, ...
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What would women do about periods in a medieval fantasy setting? [closed]

CN: blood. (I also don't want to upset people with gruesome descriptions - answers that stick to the clinical side of things would be appreciated.) In a medieval fantasy setting, what would women do ...
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Old Clothes In The Future

Up front, I am aware of this question. My question is more about the material than the style and is not a duplicate. I was thinking about the clothing for my homebrew RPG and something about my ...
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Would self-fitting clothes be a great innovation for a future civilization or would it be a passing fad? [closed]

Self-fitting clothes sound cool but I can't help but feel that they wouldn't last long and would soon become impractical and just a passing fad. What are the benefits and drawbacks to self fitting ...
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What might an angel's knapsack look like?

The Angelic Host is going to war. It's a long journey, requiring flight over the highest mountain ranges and long trudges through the fiercest blizzards. As with all large scale military marches the ...
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In ancient times, was there a specific outfit for assassins? If so, did these garments have technical names? [closed]

I need to describe a certain scene from the POV of an assassin, and I'd like to use the terms that she would use. Think ninja assassin, rather than Mata Hari.
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Aquatic Environment: Aquatic Floral and animal fabric

I need you guys to help me out here. I'm developing clothing ideas and I need to understand what animals and plants may be used to create such clothes. Part of a story that I'm creating is a water ...