I would like to suggest the following as the normal poetry look, with the ethnic flowy look only being used to express a strong commitment to community. Refer to the earlier post on the poetry look.
The men will stick to a structured look, as described earlier, and will use gray as their elegant color, and black as their formal performance color. Business wear will be in navy, brown, or some other color. When men want to wear something colorful, they will stick to bright or rugged jewel-tones, as described in the post on the term jewel-tones. When men want to wear something more understated, they will wear darks or neutrals. For men, the equivalent of the poetry bob will be in the simple sophistication of their clothes, which is a difficult combination of qualities to achieve and maintain day after day with every outfit. The men can further define ‘simple sophistication’ in their poetry look in discussions with each other.
For the women, black will be the formal performance color, and literary blue will be the business color for literary-related business meetings. This is a shade of light to medium blue that goes well with each poet’s unique complexion. Gray, navy, brown and other colors can be worn for regular business meetings. So literary blue will be the elegant color for women. When women wear darks or neutrals, they should stick with a relatively structured look. They should also aim for a structured look when wearing bright or rugged jewel tones. If they want to wear a flowy cloth it would be best in a dreamy jewel-tones color, but short and light-hearted is preferred over long and serious. Also, the poetry look for women involves boxy or square purses, and flats or short heels. Jewelry is small but posh, and wraps and scarves are welcome when worn fashionably and not undermining the overall poetry look.
Both men and women need to wear excellently-tailored high-quality coats and jackets. Male poets generally wear their hair shorter than the normal male haircut at any given time, and female poets wear the poetry bob or the closest to it that can be safely accomplished in a given country. Nails for both men and women should be relatively short, and clean and natural, with a natural shape. Poets like to be groomed, so hands will be manicured, and feet will be pedicured–though they may opt to do this for themselves rather than going to a salon. Women should always have their toenails painted, and can decide about painting their fingernails to suit each occasion or the work to be done that day.
The structured poetry look is inspired by proper paper colors throughout history, classic printing ink colors and classic pen ink colors throughout history, common gems today, and the current elite business look.
I hope this starts the discussion for the literary world.
Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List