I did a mini post about this on Instagram, but I thought I would do one here as well.
Something I’ve noticed happens a lot in books is a complete disregard for what is appropriate for what the character is doing, in terms of wardrobe. All too often, a character is described as being involved with a lot of action, having to be on the run, being in situations with a lot of things that you could get caught on… and they are described as wearing high heels and crop tops. Skin tight clothing.
You see this in movies too. Women running through the woods in heels. This, this is how you get caught by the monster.
Does your character know they are going into a fight? Then have them prepare.
Sometimes you need a dirty, solid, pair of kick-ass boots. Weapons in holsters, not in tiny purses. Jeans, not painted on leather pants, or worse, a mini skirt.
This was something that was important to me as I created the Catherine Siddall series and its characters. Catherine in particular. She’s most comfortable in her worn-in jeans, tees, button-down shirts and work boots.
Part of it is the fact that she has always had to be ready to handle anything that might come her way. Another part is where she grew up, in the Midwest in a rural area.
Of course, you must adapt to the circumstances you are in. Catherine learns to wear the period appropriate clothing of the 1860’s. She also knows that sometimes your appearance can help sway people, and has used that to her advantage. There is a scene in book two where she, somewhat reluctantly, does this.
Clothing has its place in storytelling. Consider it as a part of your character.