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    • Hilary on April 27, 2015 at 5:02 AM

    Hi J – I hate to think what would be made of my wardrobe … and yes wardrobe settings in films etc always somewhat amaze me – but they are part of life … love your two choices. As I can’t wear most fabrics I struggle … cheers Hilary
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    1. Ah, but see, that fleshes out your own character.
      And picks up on one of the larger issues, especially with Hollywood, when dealing with certain bygone eras. People forget that peasants didn’t have such fine clothing. It would be like looking at our current era in 500 years ago, and assuming that I’m sitting here in an Armani suit, and you’re over there in an Oscar de la Renta.

      In reality… Joe Boxer. K-mart, $5 rack. Costs as much as my Starbucks coffee. LOL. (For me. I can’t speak for you.)

  1. It’s tough because when you’re writing fiction, you have to keep in mind styles can change. So if you want your book to last beyond a couple of years, you have to account for that in the clothes you describe.
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    1. So very true! Getting too specific without enough adjectives can really confuse later readers.
      I read a book that went on for a paragraph about a jacket. I have no idea if I was supposed to be happy for the character that he got this coat, or feel bad for him that he got stuck in this ugly thing. It was clear. A word like “fashionable” or “desirable” or “enviable” would have clued me in.

  2. Did I mention that I love your someecards? I thought, what a great idea! Went over to their site to try to make an ecard, and kept looking for a hula dancer. Darn it! No such luck! Ended up futzing w/ photoshop the night before to do my post on Hawaii’s outrageous taxes.
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    1. So they’ve managed a Native American, but no hula dancer?!? That’s a strange #fail, isn’t it?

  3. ROFL! I love the first meme. My wardrobe IS morphing into on color: black! xD

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    1. Glad the meme brought you a smile.

  4. I so agree. As a reader, I get a real sense of character from wardrobe. I had a character once who liked to dress in turn of the century garb. I used a reprinted Sears and Roebuck catalog from 1909 for many details of shoes and timepieces and skirt styles and fabrics. After that, I bought a few store catalogs to keep on hand for ideas. I have a couple from the eighties, for instance. You never know when they may come in handy.

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    1. Off the top of my head, I can’t even picture fashion of 1909. The “roaring 20’s” with flapper dresses, yes.
      I can tell you that if your character lived within 200 miles of Hess’s department store, that it was a VERY big shopping deal. People got dressed up and came from all over to shop there. Today, the old bags and boxes (especially the hat boxes) are worth a very pretty penny on sites like E-bay.

      My assistant has some old catalogs in the attic of her farm house that she’s planning on selling. If you’re looking for some, you should hit her up.

  5. LOL I Have maybe 6 colors in my wardrobe these days.
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