Clean shirt, new shoes
and I don’t know where I am goin’ to.
Silk suit, black tie,
I don’t need a reason why.
They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
coz every girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.
From ZZ Top’s Sharp Dressed Man
Sooo what is a ‘sharp dressed hero’? Yeah, I know …“Nothing…” 🙂 But what about when the hero isn’t in bed?
The problem is your hunk and mine might not be the same. Do you want your hero in blue jeans or a three-piece suit??
Of course, we’re not talking only about clothing. What our heroes wear is simply one way to characterize them. I have entire section in my character notebook for clothes (male and female).
When we meet a hero for the first time, what he’s wearing leads us to make certain assumptions about his character. Blue collar or white collar? Slave-to-fashion or don’t-give-a-damn? Certainly a rich hunk could wear a pair of tight fitting jeans and a construction worker can dress up in a suit and tie, but what he wears tells us a lot about him.
Clothes are a lot like a setting – they set the mood and add another layer to the story.
So what have some of your favorite heroes wore? As a writer how much though, do you put into developing a wardrobe for your characters?