The clothes and your personal style often speak volumes about yourself. For all races (especially the elves and most humans) appearance is a major consideration. Virtually everyone wants to look good and tastes vary from country to country. The appearance of the city inhabitants is heavily influenced by the city's environment.
Corporate cities have a high quality of life (if you're a corp) and for many of the white collar workers the need for personal security is unnecessary (not to mention outlawed) so the corporate business look is often all visitors will see. Light casuals break the flow when workers have the day off.
Most megasprawls however couldn't be more different with their harried police force, soaring crime rate and homeless problems. Life is not easy and wearing armour is second nature to many citizens. Most wear protective clothing styled to look like street fashion. Armour jackets with holo plastic coverings, stylized armour t-shirts or kev-weave trousers are common. Anything heavier than Kevlar is just asking for trouble from the cops. Below is listed the forms of clothing and a simple multiplier system is used to represent the cost of different styles. Remember, what ever your character wears should separate them from the crowd, making them an individual. Whatever they wear make sure its got their personal style written all over.
The price of clothing depends on where you buy and what quality it is. Designerwear will always cost more than off-the-peg clothes, but in many cases you get what you pay for.
High fashion (*10):
Expensive evening wear or designer clothing made by the fashionable elite. Most high fashion clothes feature some piece of modern technology such as cloth which repairs or cleans itself. You are paying for the design of the garment and the status it gives you.
High fashion footwear (*10):
Top quality shoes to go with that top quality suit / dress of yours. Top designer footwear and expensive leather shoes fall under this gold plated banner.
Dress clothing (*5):
A wide range of styles from the basic business suits to designer label suits. Dress clothing is often off the peg from many reasonable stores. Although basic business suits (for men and women alike) may seem bland, the smart and organized look may make some people take you more seriously (corporates often look down on the street life).
Dress footwear (*5):
Matching shoes for that smart business suit you own. Quality footwear ranging from smart business shoes to the most expensive sports trainers.
Leisure clothing (*3):
Another varied selection including sportswear and the better quality street flashwear. Sportswear features heavily in the recreational zones and hab-zones of many corporate areas. Sportswear, or activewear, is often bought for the label and the "in look". Streetwear is heavily influenced by the music scene and fashions come from the street, not a designer's CAD system.
Leisure footwear (*3):
Hip sports trainers and urban flash footwear. Sports shoes range in size, colour, style or make can be bought (if you credit card can stretch that far). Leisure footwear include boots, trainers or hip designer ones.
Exactly what the title says. Uniforms are often produced by the corporation whose logo is on it (hence the low price). There design is changed every half or full year to keep up-to-date with rival corps (and to some extent, fashion) but mainly to keep the workers happy. Ex-military gear falls under this banner and sturdy army boots & combats are still very popular.
Generic fashion (*1):
Generic fashion is just what you would expect for the price. Its bland, garish, badly put together and cheap. The clothes are all mass produced from artificial fibres, flung together by machines or in sweat shops and are brightly coloured- but its better than rags.
Generic footwear (*1):
Basic cheap shoes which are often of poor workmanship. Often fall to bits or disintegrate. Again, what you see is what you get with generic fashion.
Multiply base cost by value in brackets below.
High fashion clothing & footwear (*10)
Dress clothing clothing & footwear (*5)
Leisure clothing clothing & footwear (*3)
Uniforms clothing & footwear (*2)
Generic fashion clothing & footwear