Color Thesaurus Entry: Stripe
Posted by Angela Ackerman
Real World Comparisons:
Stripe ball python
Clown fish, Silver sides, etc
Florida bark scorpion
Flowers (Iris varieties, Bitter Root, Crocuses, Variegated Tulips, etc)
Racing stripe on cars
BBQ Grill marks
Highway center line
Cultivated farmer's fields
Synonyms of Stripe:
Variegated, two-toned, pin stripe, lined, banded, striation, streak, belted, slash
Make every detail count
Colors are powerful descriptors, not fillers. Make sure that if you use a comparison or contrast to highlight a color, you choose the right one. Look at the setting and atmosphere you are working to create, then draw from the viewpoint character or narrator's history, education and past experiences to find the right fit.
A poor example:
Megan's tight white dress with its strange pattern of uneven black slashes made her look like a zebra.
What's wrong with this example?
It's overused. Black and white dress, zebra...meh. Think outside the box.
A strong example:
Megan's tight white dress with its strange pattern of uneven black slashes made her look like a walking, talking bar code.
Why is this example better?
Our goal is to show her poor taste in an outfit and so the unusual comparison here works.