“You’re so tall! You can wear anything!”
Sure. Anything that fits. And when you are 6’1″ very few things fit. Only in the past few years have I been able to find jeans that are actually long enough–and I pay plenty extra for the privilege. Some stores have tall sizes–tall meaning 5’11”. Sleeves are never long enough unless I buy a shirt that falls off my shoulders. Cuffs? Never. Cute jeans with pretty stitching? Never. Slacks? If I tear out the hem and have frayed edges.
For years I couldn’t find shoes in my size. Or I could, but they were boat shoes. Fine for nursing uniforms, but not what I wanted for a party. I’d go in to department stores and ask if they had anything in my size. The clerk would frown or laugh and then say no. Through my teens and twenties I wore shoes that didn’t fit, and I’ve got permanently damaged toes to prove it.
Details are important when writing. Perhaps you describe what a character is wearing or the car she drives. Perhaps you have a character using a particular appliance or using a special catchphrase. Details should make the world real. Right?
But when do details make a story dated? Why do some details work forever and others make you put the book down? Where does historical become dated? What is the difference?