What we wear says a lot about us. Work clothes might be three-piece suits with ties and well-polished shoes. Or maybe jeans and a faded t-shirt. Or a uniform with mandated styles of shoes, hats and even jackets.
At home we might prefer to lounge in PJs, slippers, and robes. Or maybe shorts and light sweatshirts. Or perhaps nothing at all.
Church clothes range from casual to dressy, depending upon the congregation’s understood rules. Swimwear could be sexy Speedos and bikinis or one-piece suits that provide protection for arms, chest and torso.
Your character has preferred styles of clothes. What he’s wearing when we meet him tells us quite a bit about him, therefore it’s important that you provide details without giving us a complete list. A few hints here and there will suffice.
Your task is to write a few opening scenes in which your character is wearing different outfits depending upon the activity. Remember to give details without boring the readers. Give them just enough that your character’s choices establish personality, but no more than that.
Have fun with this one.
2 thoughts on “Clothing Selections”
Juliette Wade just had her debut SF novel come out. She and I had a chat on Twitter about underwear! It sounds silly, but if you are creating an alternate world you have to think about how, or if, underwear would have evolved.
Interesting! I never thought about what type of underwear someone would have on…but it would define the time period.