Top Ten Poems With Style

Pic from, Design by Natalie Robb[Picture of Edna St. Vincent Millay]

“Style is everything and nothing at the same time. Mostly, it is everything.” – Charles Wright, poet

Many of us at ModCloth lead double lives. By day, we are busy ModCloth bees, but by night, we are DJs, artists, writers and more! As some of you already know, I spend most of my second life writing and reading poems. Luckily, my passions for fashion and poetry don’t have to be mutually exclusive; here are ten amazing poems inspired by clothing and style!

“Couture” by Mark Doty

“Wedding Dress” by Michael Waters

“Exchanging Hats” by Elizabeth Bishop 

“Derrick Poem (The Lost World)” by Terrance Hayes

“The Plaid Dress” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

The Hard Core of Beauty” by William Carlos Williams

“Ode to Clothing” by Pablo Neruda

“You Were Wearing” by Kenneth Koch

“The Black Lace Fan My Mother Gave Me” by Eavan Boland

Bringing My Son to the Police Station to Be Fingerprinted” by Shoshauna Shy

Any of these poems strike your fancy? Have a stylish poem of your own? I’d love to know – leave me a comment!


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    Deanna 01/19/2009 at 1:49 pm #

    Warning! I want to be that lady when I grow up.

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    Andrea 01/19/2009 at 2:03 pm #

    So good, and while not necessarily positive, fashion related.

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    Lindsay 01/19/2009 at 2:26 pm #

    Oh wow, what a great top ten!

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    Michelle my Belle 01/19/2009 at 10:28 pm #

    I think warning by jenny something or another (can’t remember) also has tremendous style

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    sari 01/19/2009 at 11:07 pm #

    One Perfect Rose by Dorthy Parker

    A single flow’r he sent me, since we met.
    All tenderly his messenger he chose;
    Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet–
    One perfect rose.

    I knew the language of the floweret;
    “My fragile leaves,” it said, “his heart enclose.”
    Love long has taken for his amulet
    One perfect rose.

    Why is it no one ever sent me yet
    One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
    Ah no, it’s always just my luck to get
    One perfect rose.

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    sari 01/19/2009 at 11:08 pm #

    roses are stylish right.. so are limos 😛

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    Maggie 01/20/2009 at 8:26 am #

    These are great additions! I’m a big fan of Dorothy Parker. Amy Lowell’s “Patterns” is a perfect choice and Jenny Joseph’s “Warning” is well-known favorite! 🙂

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    crystal 01/21/2009 at 1:24 pm #

    i really liked the terrence hayes and kenneth koch poems. i’m going to have to read more of their work!

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    Melania 01/23/2009 at 10:27 am #

    William Carlos Williams is one of my favorites…although not fashion-related, I love his “This is just to say”:

    I have eaten
    the plums
    that were in
    the icebox

    and which
    you were probably
    for breakfast

    Forgive me
    they were delicious
    so sweet
    and so cold

    oh, wcw. what a goofball.

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    lauren 12/17/2009 at 5:56 pm #

    I LOVED ALL OF THEM!! i love fashion and all of those had exactly what i liked! great top ten!


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