You have to answer these three questions about yourself:
*What did you look like in grade school?
*What did you look like as a pre-teen/teenager?
*What do you look like now?
*Grade school: I was taller than most of the guys my age, with lanky arms and knobby knees. My hair was long, probably the middle of my back if not my waist, and my mom often put it into a French braid topped with a hairbow as big as my face or hair bungees with plastic knobs on the ends--though if you rode a roller coaster with me, those stupid bungees could be deadly. Just ask my cousin Becky. ;)
Most likely, you would have found me running around in baggy shorts and t-shirts during the summer, and leggings with baggy long-sleeve shirts and sweaters in the winter. Barefoot, too. I hated dresses--my mom was lucky to force me into them about once a month for church. :)
*Pre-teen/teenager: I wore lots of hand-me-downs as a pre-teen and early teen. Think tapered-leg jeans, big t-shirts, etc. About 15, my style changed and I started wearing more fitted t-shirts and flare-leg jeans, as well as the occasional skirt. I became infatuated with Converses and wore my pair everywhere.
All the guys grew up and bypassed me, and even some of my girlfriends got taller than me. I went from beating up my little brother to being very nice to him. My hair went from super-long to short chin-length, to shoulder length. I got full bangs, then side bangs, as well as going from full to thin to gelled perm-curls to hair-straightener-flat and slick. I got glasses--first a thin little "secretary" pair, then some weird-shaped octagon things, then my square "nerdy" glasses--and contacts. I HATED pink. I got my ears pierced. Typical can't-figure-out-who-you-really-are teen years.
*Now (age 22): I wear dresses and skirts a lot. Half of my wardrobe consists of sundresses that I'm currently trying to figure out how to wear in the winter. ;) I have a lot of sweaters (hey, it's COLD up here!) and boots. I go for bold and bright colors, anything yellow, green, orange, or a combo of pink/gray makes me happy, I LOVE vintage clothing, and I like weird patterns or combinations of colors. My favorite casual outfit is a jean skirt, leggings, converses, and a smart-alecky-saying t-shirt. I've fully embraced my love of anything a little off-beat, and I love hats.
My hair hits my shoulder blades, and it's very layered and curly. I wear it down and loose, with a bandana or headband, or pulled into a ponytail or messy side-chignon. I take a bit of time with make-up instead of slapping it on. I still wear glasses or contacts. I filled out a bit and grew a bit so I'm nearly as tall as my mom.
So there you go! Did you change a lot or were you pretty stable? Hopefully this gave you some inspiration to dig into your character's past and unearth how they've changed. I can't wait to hear your answers to these questions! :D
**Next Month: Another writing exercise involving sound, a musing on how technology has changed our interactions, and a review/interview from the author of Finding Angel!!