Though Ardisians are able to wear whatever they please, those who take up magic tend to utilize certain colors, whether by choice, or their magic seeping into their surroundings.
The Signifigance of Color and StyleAs there are only six Phantasms left alive, they all share a similar style, their clothing resembling the vintage styles from the era which their magic thrived. Their daily wear is generally entirely made of plant material, abstaining from metal or leather, as many Ardisians have begun on. Most ardisians are born with brown, white, or green pigmentation, depending on their ethnicity. As they begin their practice, they keep that coloration, but as novices become casters, they adopt more of that magenta color. Violet and magenta are typically avoided by ardisians that do not use phantasmagoria, due to the high stigma surrounding them. Phantasms may wear their colors with pride, but it's typically frowned upon outside of close circles.
HistoryAfter millenia of civilization, fashion has obviously changed several times throughout Cyperus's history. Magic users were always more strict with their uniforming, pooling into the same styles, time periods, and cuts. Phantasmagoria largely fell out of favor in the eyes of the public in the year 8251, when one master went rogue, and used their magic in a way to manipulate and infiltrate the thoughts and feelings of a large portion of the population in an attempted mutiny. It caused an uproar among common folk, a sense of fear being linked to the craft. Colors and styles associated with Phantasms were almost immediately shunned by the larger public, as they feared being mistaken for one and witchhunted accordingly.
StalwartThere was never much evolution of Phantasm Garb since the attempted mutiny. The styles stayed in place: modest, made exclusively of plant matter, easy to move around in, and skirted. Skirts had been adopted for both males and females, as they made movement and casting all around easier. Phantasms are very mobile in battle, making pants somewhat inconvenient. They also tend to stay barefoot, so they are able to gague their surroundings to better mimic them.
"Violet is a very interesting color. It isn’t very common in nature, only appearing in certain plant life. Some of our scholars propose that the color isn’t even real, that our minds twist something we can’t understand into purple. This thought is strengthened by this, that phantasmic magic is the same color. It’s an illusion, just like phantasmagoria. Almost all forms of ardisian magic align themselves to a certain color, just like that. As we use it more, though, we slowly absorb it. That’s what gives me my pigment, and it’s what’s giving you yours. It’s a good sign, it means your body and soul are melding with your craft. Fear not the change, dear heart, for it is only a testament to your talent."
Phantasmic garb is generally charictarized with full skirts, simple designs, and several shades of green and violet. If decorated, this will likely be with crystals, and not incredibly complex.