- Practical. The uniform will be close-fitting to prevent excess fabric from getting in the way, but it won’t be too tight or it would restrict the range of motion. The uniform will have pant legs - skirts, while easy to move in, can restrict the range of motion and the most comfortable skirts usually have excessive fabric. Your uniform could be pants and a shirt, or a jumpsuit. Footwear will be durable and resist wear, like a hiking boot.
- Material. The uniform will probably undergo a lot of wear and tear, so it needs to be made of durable fabric. If the world is sufficiently advanced, the material will be very breathable.
- Generic. Training uniforms are designed to make everyone look the same. That’s why they’re called uniforms. Whatever the uniform looks like, it will be unimpressive, drably colored, and with little/no room for personalization.
- Easy to make. No one’s going to waste thousands of dollars on training uniforms. The material might not be the best, the designs will be as simple as possible, and the close-fitting uniform is as much to prevent material from getting in the way as it is to cut down on fabric costs.
- Climate. If your training camp takes place in a cold climate, the training uniform might also include a heavy jacket/uniform, gloves, big boots, and a baklava. A training center in the desert would have head coverings and lighter fabric. An underwater training center would have Lycra diving suits, flippers, goggles, and an oxygen tank. Consider how the training area’s geography will impact the uniforms.
- Division. There can be different levels of division among the trainees. If the training center caters to students of alchemy and flight, they will have uniform differences to separate them. Markings can also indicate rank or seniority. The markings will be small and easy to recognize, like a stripe on the arm or legs, an emblem sewn over the breast or onto the back. or uniform color.
- Accessories. The trainee isn’t going to have just their uniform. They will have accessories on their uniform that will help them complete training exercises. If you have a military camp, your uniform will have a strap for your gun, a belt for ammunition, and a pack for other essentials.
- Creepy psychic. The character can’t connect with people. She rarely talks. The author/director vaguely implies the psychic is autistic. When the psychic does talk, it’s in a creepy monotone. Often has strange, weirdly prophetic nonsequiturs.
- Psychic nosebleed. If she overuses her powers, her nose must bleed. It is a Rule.
- Delicacy. The psychic is extremely sensitive to the emotions around them. A strong emotion will literally knock them over. The psychic’s delicacy is reinforced by their physique: small, thin, and mousy-haired.
- Reading at your convenience. The psychic can sense all emotions … except when it’s convenient for the plot. You mentioned your character having this trait. It’s not a bad trait so long as you provide or attempt to provide an explanation for it. Your psychic character and anyone working with her powers will attempt to find an explanation so the MC can’t be guarded against. Also, your MC is probably curious why it works on some and not others. She’s probably investigated for herself and may come up with a theory.
Types. Psychics can see everything in your mind. They don’t see, “Oh, crap, I’m late for my doctor’s appointment. Hurry up!” which is what the character is thinking at the moment. They see everything the character is/has been/has done. In effect, instead of seeing the frantic worry of being late, a psychic character would see “I am a self-absorbed psychopath with no remorse mwahahaha.” If it really was mind “reading”, the psychic would only see the former. Most psychics can dig around and, honestly, it would make for a more suspenseful story if you put stops on what a psychic can and cannot see. For example, a psychic can’t see anything you aren’t actively thinking of.
I have some information on feminism that might help and I always have the general advice of reading the genre you want to write. One thing I do know about women’s fiction is that it tends to be character-driven rather than plot-driven.
- Women’s Fiction Writers Association (must be a member to view certain content)
- Lit Agents Who Take Women’s Fiction
- Useful Links for Women’s Fiction Writers
- Defining Women’s FIction
- Best Women’s Fiction (I highly recommend #4 (and the film adaptation) for everyone)
- Writing Women’s Fiction
- Advice (near the bottom, there are a few women’s fiction authors listed as recommendations for women’s fiction writers)
- The Women’s Fiction Mystique