It’s no secret that I love fashion, from drawing designs to figuring what I’m going to wear when I get up in the morning (although the second option is far more limited) – and what my characters wear is something that I love discovering. You can tell a lot about a person by what they wear, and I love incorporating their personality into their clothing. This has been especially fun for Kenna, as it’s medieval fantasy, and medieval fantasies have the best wardrobes. Even when I don’t describe a character’s outfit in a certain scene, I tend to have an image of what it looks like in my head. I thought it would be fun for you to have an idea of what these particular people wear, to better grasp who they are. (And I had a lot of fun putting this together as well, so win/win). Enjoy!
Kenna has two different looks. On most days she dresses boyishly, without paying much attention to her appearance. On the occasions when she needs to present a more dignified, authoritative look, her wardrobe changes entirely and she is transformed into regality.
She favors simple, bold designs that say Look at me and know that I mean business.
Farrien’s clothes are designed to blend in, therefore they look good but don’t stand out or call attention to him.
Einar and the Elves
Their way of dressing is not technically ‘fashion,’ as they care nothing for it and dress only for practicality; cotton, boiled and tanned leather, and fur make up nearly everything they wear. While they are all from the same birthplace and many of them from the same clans, they each bring a slightly different flair to what they wear whether they realize it or not.
Rago’s way of dressing is rather careless; trousers and a shirt (closed is optional), his hair down; perhaps braided, perhaps not – unless he is in battle, in which case he wears a suit of light, ornate armor.
The Royal Siblings
Morougha and Isyss both dress with all the tailored grace of their station; but they always have a bit of a dangerous edge to them. The devil is in the details.
The Ladies Mysir
Lady Dichen and her daughter, Lady Rhyne, are both beautiful and cunning with a grasp on political intricacies that most don’t suspect. They are from Task-sikian, and so wear bright colors and light, layered fabrics suited to the desert climate.
This was by no means an extensive look at the clothing in Kenna’s world, but I hope it provided some entertainment and inspiration. Once more characters have been introduced, I might do another of these; purely because I enjoy it. What about you? Is fashion a large part of your novel?