This week at Word Wranglers we're talking about trends. Margie talked about trendy names and how we name our characters. I thought I'd talk about the way we dress our characters.
These days, I notice young women are wearing less and less material. Some of them carry it off with class and style. Others look like hoochie mamas. I guess some of it may be in the way they carry themselves. I've been to enough clubs (as recently as a year ago) and seen some outfits that would make their daddy's wrap them in a blanket and drag them home. One pair of girls actually bent over at the waist and shook their asses in miniskirts!
I'm not knocking miniskirts. Many moons (and pounds) ago I wore them a lot. But not once did I ever present myself as a hooker. Which brings me to how we dress our characters and make them act.
The heroine in my wip wore a dress pretty much like the black dress in the photo, to a party. And she acted like a lady. My villain did the Jennifer Lopez number, only in black, and she was depicted as a man-eater. It wasn't the dress, it was her. Her attitude, her demeanor.
I read a lot of paranormals, and the dress trend in them seem very similar. Kiss ass men wear black leather. I even used it in my last book. I just put it on my kick ass female villain.
What about you? Do current trends dictate the way your characters dress? Or is their attitude part of the costume?
By the way, twenty years ago, I would have loved to wear that black dress. But I don't think hubby would have let me out of the house.