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Questions tagged [clothing]

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

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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?

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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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 ...
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If humans could photosynthesize, what would our clothing look like?

So we humans get big into genetic modification and figure out how to make ourselves photosynthesize through our skin, and somehow it generates enough energy to be worth our while. Obviously we'd still ...
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Would aliens likely wear clothing? [closed]

Is there any reason to believe intelligent aliens would wear clothing? After all, of all of the species on earth, we know of only one species that does so. Is the fact that this species happens to ...
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What would prostitutes wear in a setting where skimpy clothing is a sign of rank [closed]

I'm in the early stages of a fantasy late medieval world where only women can perform magic. The society is run by witches (all witches are part of the nobility and all of the nobility are witches). ...
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What do fighting dark mages wear? [closed]

Context In this medieval-fantasy (Tolkien-esque, except humans are the only race except for some incredibly rare magical ones) world, a few individuals ( have become mages, sorcerers and monks - ...
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What material for a super-speed suit?

I've got in my universe some super-humans that are able to run/fly on super speed. They actually have virtually no strict speed limit. I put the reflex/maneuverability related questions aside for now. ...
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If the Egyptians Used Mushrooms to Invent Leather

According to Moore & Giles, the Egyptians invented the first leather as early as 5000 BCE. And now word on the street is that a new kind of leather is being developed, made not from the hides of ...
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The science of Dr Strange's magic shoes [closed]

Is there a difference in pressure between when a person brings their foot down and when they start to actually step? It's worded horribly but the context would be a pair of shoes that, with hand ...
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Clothing in a society of beings with multiple personalities?

In a land where the majority of people have multiple personalities, how do the personalities distinguish themselves? Whenever they change personalities, they have an immediate need to disassociate ...
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Alternative for magnetic boots

In many sci-fi settings magnetic boots are used to help astronauts walk in microgravity. However, not all materials are ferromagnetic. Titanium, aluminum, the most form of carbon and silica can not be ...
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In a world where owning a cryosuit is necessary for day-to-day life, how would its expenses be handled?

For context, this world has an "integrated" colony that is composed of humans and aliens; the aliens live at temperatures as low as -182.8 C. As a result, humans cannot stay alive in the cryogenic ...
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What color dyes would be available to the average person in a medieval world?

I am a farmer or perhaps a slightly successful merchant in a medieval world. What types of clothes dye would be available to me? Purple is often discussed but would only be available to the wealthy, ...
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How could a cold weather creature survive in a hot climate?

I was thinking about how one of the reasons humans have been so successful is that we can adapt to live almost anywhere. A big part of this is that we can put on more clothes when it's cold, and take ...
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Making a skin suit from scratch [closed]

A theme I see in a lot of twisted horror movies is the idea of wearing somebody’s skin and while this is sick and twisted, I am also sick and twisted, so I went to the drawing board with the hope of ...