Someone Who's Been Pampered

"ANYWAY, let's make him someone who works in an office, someone who's been pampered--what could he say that lets us see this? Let's dress him carefully because we may have to humiliate him in a minute. For instance, we can see by the precision of the knot in his tie that his wife tied it this morning. His clothes and ring and shoes are all going to talk, and they are going to help us fnd out who he is, but more importantly he is going to say things to his secretary and to his callers and to the people with whom he works, and these people are going to say things back to him, and we want to hear both sides of these conversations." (70)

A man of many conversations but just one tie. Dilbert, as drawn by
Scott Adams. From here.
Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. New York: Anchor Books, 1995.

What is more important, the clothes or the conversation? Of course, they work together, but which do you rely on to understand a character? There is almost always more conversation; should there be more clothing description? Conversations about clothing?