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Visual Vocabulary: Natty & Tatty

Natty: Stylish; dapper.
Tatty: Showing signs of wear & tear.

As in, “Old Joe the hobo went from tatty to natty once he found a job and befriended the nice saleslady at Woolworths.”

Visual Vocabulary: natty and tatty, Julie Rado Design


I don’t know about yall, but I’m feeling awfully tatty these days. I mean really, the negative temps have me wearing snow boots and hoodies to work and I don’t even care. I have a closet full of nice clothes but it seems like they’re all made of the thinnest material possible. Until May, nice clothes—I see you and raise my hood. Come spring, I’ll be feeling natty.

Visual Vocabulary is a project I created for myself in which I attempt to sear new words into my memory by illustrating them. You can see all of them here, and read more about the process behind them here.