Fashion Words that Stick


This creative writing exercise inspires students to stretch their powers of observation and description. Responding to magazine photographs, paint charts, and textiles, students brainstorm new words and phrases to describe style, color, and texture. Warm-up and follow-up activities are included.

Suggested Classes:

Business, Retail, Fashion Merchandising, Marketing, Clothing, Economics

State and National Standards:

Arizona, California, Washington, National


Suggested Materials:

  • Fashion magazine ads and editorial photos
  • Fashion images from the Internet
  • Paint color charts from hardware store
  • Swatches of cloth with various textures