The poetry look has 2 versions–one is an ethnic look, in which case one expects to see a strong commitment to community in the poetry itself. This look is usually flowy with distinctive ethnic patterns and colors. The second is a structured look, focusing on solids–in either darks, neutrals, or jewel tones–and is sophisticated, refined, and elegant, while being simple and achievable. Nothing showy, materialistic, or fashionista should be in either look.
Poets love quality clothes but don’t want to be fashionista ever, because–like all genres in the art world–the poetry genre is careful not to step on the toes of the other genres, and understands that differentiation between the genres is central to the art world surviving as an industry of business.
Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List