Clothing is very important to some authors and essential in various genres. I’m really bad with clothing. So, I’m probably not even close to an authority on this. The picture above is what you normally think of for fantasy, which is what I depend on when describing normal clothes for characters. I’ll go further with special event dresses, armors, and a piece that is unique. For the most part, I don’t even really think about it as long as the character is wearing pants or a skirt.
The only advice I can give is that you can use clothing to give characters a distinct look, but you have to keep some kind of theme. This can come from their culture, job, family tradition, or whatever you wish to use. It is easier to do physical appearance as a definer for a character since these things can’t be easily removed. A favorite shirt can be destroyed while a facial scar tends to be forever. For example, Luke Callindor began with a green and brown color scheme, but it doesn’t come up as often as his hair color. Nyx has her amethyst necklace and love of red, but her violet eyes rank higher on what I need to mention when describing her. Timoran is scarred, Delvin has five o’clock shadow, Sari has blue hair, and Dariana has silver hair. Out of all of the champions, Dariana certainly has the more unique look since it’s a martial artist set up instead of armor.
These clothes can help the author fine tune a personality for the character as well. How they dress and how they act are connected. The reader will think one way about a hero who wears a suit than one who wears full body leathers. For the author, this can help flush out a personality, which is something that can always use help. It’s even possible that the clothes are a key point of the character’s development or origin. Going back to Nyx, her necklace is the only connection she has to her birth parents. (Spoiler Free: This does get touched on in Family of the Tri-Rune.) She rubs this when she’s nervous too. A necklace isn’t exactly an article of clothing, but it’s something you wear. You can see how it adds a facet to the character too.
Again, I’m not big on clothes and have a very poor instinct when it comes to fashion. Be happy to share what you know in the comments or even in your own post. Pretty sure I’m not the only author who struggles in this arena.