I`ve heard different opinions from other writers about physical descriptions and wardrobe choices of their characters. I know that too much detail is definitely over kill for the reader in any case. Some say that clothes and looks should be left up to the reader, while others (Like me!) enjoy giving a mental image of the people that they write about.
In addition to eye and hair colour, I enjoy describing what a character is wearing. It does, in my opinion, help round out what kind of person they are. Oh yes it does! It is also a fun way of showing where the plot is going. It can also hint at what emotions they are feeling. She may be wearing heels and a pencil skirt for her day job as a secretary, but tomorrow night she`s wearing ripped jeans and high tops because she`s going to break into someone`s house.
Okay…that was kind of lame. But anyways.
I guess it has something to do with the fact that I spend almost as much money on clothing and fashion magazines as I do on food. I love fashion. Why not express it in writing?
Readers, writers, do you like to see fashion in stories, or would you prefer it to be left out?