As my children grow older, their tastes in reading have naturally changed, from picture books to Pony Pals to girl detective novels.
Suddenly, almost overnight, the jump has been made to post-apocalyptic teen fiction, for example Mortal Engines, The Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner…and movies The Matrix, Oblivion, After Earth, to name a few.
Which brings me to….
Have you ever Googled Post Apocalyptic Fashion?
It’s a world unto itself, sharing borders with punk, steampunk, grunge, gothic and military. Not for lovers of florals, colour or prints!
Sure, there are some weird clothes. However, there are also some wonderful, innovative design details and shapes/silhouettes.
Even if this is a style you wouldn’t wear (and I don’t think it’s a look one could easily pull off here in regional Australia without a big helping of confidence) there are some great details for everyday clothes.
Typically featured are chunky zips, hoods, dark neutral colours, multiple textures, buckles & tabs and cool exterior pockets.
Some designers in this niche also use zero waste patterncutting. Take a look at Ynhoia (Spain) and Tess Whitfort (Australia). Dorawyn (Hungary) knit their own fabrics and Zebraspider (UK) is moving towards zero waste.
PS – Extra: How to write post-apocalyptic teen fiction in 3 easy steps. I’ve read a few of these now and I think I can detect some patterns in the storylines…