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The Written Wardrobe: “Summer” by Nicole Steinberg

This month’s Written Wardrobe piece comes to us from Nicole Steinberg. Feeling inspired by a fascinating editorial or recent thrifting trip? Send us your fashion-inspired writing for your chance to be featured on Story by ModCloth!

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Threads Woven and Rift

This month’s Written Wardrobe submission comes to us from Caroline Tanski, who believes “that how we dress is an opportunity to make personal and political statements every day…”

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Banana-Yellow Magic

Written Wardrobe contributor Jules Barrueco shares the story of one fabulous, life-altering banana-yellow pantsuit.

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Style & Story Collide: A Written Wardrobe Interview with Laura Patterson

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Laura Patternson

Professor, poet, and North Carolina native Laura Patterson views her writing as an attempt to take a photograph with language. Here, The Written Wardrobe contributor dishes on where she gets her writing inspiration, how she fights writer’s block, and more …

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Literary Lines We Love: Poems of The Written Wardrobe

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National Poetry Month might be drawing to a close, but when it comes to literature, we’re always in the mood to celebrate! To show our literary love, we selected our favorite lines from the poems published in our current issue …

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Announcing The Written Wardrobe, Issue 2!

The Written Wardrobe Issue 2

The Written Wardrobe Issue 2

Last spring, we asked you to submit your stories, essays, and poems to us for possible inclusion in The Written Wardrobe. After scouring hundreds of submitted pieces, we’re finally ready to share with you our second collection of fashion …

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The Written Wardrobe: "Perennial"

“And now I drive into town for the June market, and I sell our wares alone. Your mother’s almond granola recipe. The black raspberries that inked our fingertips and stained our teeth and tongues.”
- “Perennial” by Anne Barngrover

This …

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The Written Wardrobe: "Frock & Typhoon"

Poet Samantha Milowsky brews up a storm of dresses in her piece “Frock & Typhoon”:

The bodice, maraca handle,
the skirt in soft percussion,
dizzy whir of lavender
sweetens our millennium
leavened air.


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The Written Wardrobe: "The Pin"

From “The Pin” by Katrina Solano:

Millie looked down and straightened her model pin affectionately. The pin was the one constant in Millie’s outfits. She never went a day without it.

Do you have a signature accessory that could represent …

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The Written Wardrobe: “My Blue Coat”

Sometimes, you’ve just got to listen to your heart. The Written Wardrobe nonfiction piece “My Blue Coat” encourages the reader to do just that.

From Jeanette Lukowski’s “My Blue Coat”:

“Wow, this is a really pretty one,” I said

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The Written Wardrobe: "Home Sewn"

The following excerpt from The Written Wardrobe shows how one author turns memories of clothing into poetry.

From Angelle Scott’s “Home Sewn”:

“…I admired her,
twirled about in the miniskirt she crafted for me out of leftover turkey red

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