Image: Spellcaster by dashinvaine
How a character looks is one of the first things I know about them. From the moment I have their name, I automatically know their hairstyle (very important for me.) their facial features, and a basic and not-very-well-thought-out idea of what they'd be wearing. Of course, until the story gets going, I probably won't know how well that will turn out. Karalan is first and foremost a Fighting Artist, so I knew from the start she wouldn't wear a cloak, probably ever. A shame. Despite their impracticality, cloaks are swishy and very cool. Like capes! =D
Image: Evolution of Princess Zelda in the Hyrule Historia, at gameluster.com
A character's wardrobe reveals a lot about them. It may reveal other things too, if it's a magician's robe with lots of hidden pockets for scrolls, potions, talismans, and lots of other fantasy goodies. For example, Ellen Page - an actress I adore - plays a lot of characters that seem to be at home in hoodies and converses, and thus has a sort of down-to-earth, teenage appeal. But as I'm trying to stay fantasy focussed, let's talk about...
Image is Atevora Und Viablau by Axarch.
Cloak, or a lovely drape-y Robe. Oracles, wise men, or any characters who need to make an entrance, step right up! Warning: Cloak may be caught under the wheel of your character's carriage, the foot of their horse, or chewed up by their pet dragon. Terms and conditions apply.
Satchel. Where else will your character keep their letters or documentation of their voyage? Assuming they can write? (My protagonist just about knows how.)
Steampunk Angels by Anne Stokes.
Boots. Are you kiddin' me? EVERY fantasy character's gotta have a good pair of boots! (Actually, most of the people in the village where my protag. Karalan grows up wear sandals. Fake leather is even rarer than real leather in this fantasy world; and real leather is expensive.)
Belt. Not just to hold things in but to strap things to. In it's a steampunk fantasy, your character will probably need to wear about a thousand of these. I really don't why. Still, I love it.
Image is King Arthur Pen Dragon by anitaburnevik.
Armour. Yep, this is probably smart for your protagonist. Keeping in mind that armour is h e a v y y y. If they're not physically fit (well then, they probably wouldn't be in armour anyway) think about how much armour they could realistically wear.
Crown. For a King. A heavy band of gold on their head. Probably encrusted with diamonds. Must hurt their neck.
Image is Hyrule Warriors Zelda by Tiffany-tees.
Circlet. This is hugely popular for fantasy women, whether they're a queen, princess, oracle, courtesan - a huge number of fantasy artwork included women wearing dainty silver circlets on their foreheads. Adds an elegant touch.
Mysterious (Probably Cursed) Amulet. Fit for a queen. Or maybe not, because many fantasy queens seem to prefer going necklace-less and instead wearing corsets to push up their bosoms.
Ring - THE ULTIMATE POWER ACCESSORY!!
Image: Les Cavaliers Noirs dans la Comté (Black Riders in the Shire) by John Howe
One site I love is the Game Of Clothes tumblr. It posts articles every single day of items (usually dresses) that real-life models have worn, then states which character in Game of Thrones would've worn it and for what occasion. It's just fantastic.
I have been heavily influenced by commercial fantasy glamour. Cloaks... they'll get a character killed for sure. You can't really run in a cloak, can you? But majestic, yes they are.
Previous NaNo Help Posts
For Inspiration - It Begins - (Fake) Nanowrimo
For Plot - Writerly Image: The Story Circle
For Narration and Dialogue - The Narrator's Voice Is Your Voice
For Description - Descriptions: Skin Colours
How important to do think description of clothes are for enhancing the image in the reader's mind? Dooooo share in the comments and as always, peace.
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