His socks didn't match either

Our narrator has observed the client’s physical features; it’s time to judge details. Clothing is a good start.

He was wearing a three-piece suit, only the pieces all belonged to different suits like he’d gotten dressed in a hurry. His socks didn’t match either.

Whether you realise it or not, we look at a person’s clothes and make judgment calls based on them. For example, you would have a different impression of a stranger dressed in a suit than one in a football uniform. 

When you’re writing, you build the character, so you need to reverse this process. Do you want your client to come across as a fussy musician? A scatterbrained teacher? A kindly grandparent? What sort of clothes would reflect this? What details could your detective pick up on that would help them to paint a picture of your client, without them saying a word? 

Have a look at the descriptions in these examples. What sort of pictures do they paint?

Beyond the mask, her dress sense was cheerfully mismatched, almost like she was trying to draw attention away from the mask. Each of her fingernails were painted a different colour.

He was wearing a bright orange jogger suit, like he made a New Years’ resolution to get out and do some cardio. Even in the air conditioning there were dark sweat stains under his armpits.

Write your own variation.