Interesting translation fact; "à la mode," does not mean "with ice cream" in French. Maybe you all knew that. It means "in fashion." I guess when ice cream became in fashion, they started putting it everywhere. If that's true, good for them. Last night, my husband made the mistake of saying chocolate ice cream. Now I want it.
Anywho, fashion. I have a question for you; does using the fashion of the day date your book or make it more realistic? Or both?
I don't know if the skater boy look is as prevalent right now in the USA as in urban France, but I'm wanting to use it in my book. You know, the Bieber hair *woosh*, the tight jeans that don't come up over the bum *cough* *belt!* *cough*, the wild sneakers, the perpetual hoodie, the chunky headphones over the stocking cap *boom boom boom*...dude!!!
I'm sure these are looks that will scream "circa 2010" in the years to come. So depending on the type of novel, say a dystopian/parallell universe/France-but-not-as-we-know-it world for middle graders? I love Jasper FForde's Thursday Next series that is set in the 1980's, just after the Crimean War, where she has a re-engineered pet dodo bird and talks to Neanderthals. So can I just say this is circa 2010 with magic, skater clothes etc?
I'd love to know how you dress your characters. I read once that their choices about how they look explain more about them then eye color, hair color and such that we usually use to describe them. What are your folks wearing these days?