6 responses to “Dear WordCount: What should freelancers wear to work?”

  1. Barbara McDowell Whitt

    Michelle, your reader’s question was interesting. It brought to mind the blogging comment made by a Kansas City writer friend who years ago wrote that being a freelance writer meant being able to go to work in her pajamas. A sister used to try to get me to “dress casual in sweats” at her place when I don’t own sweats and wear casual jeans, capri pants or shorts and T-shirts for treadmill walking in our condo building’s fitness center and elsewhere. Since I am retired, I blog and read other blogs in the same clothing, and if I am blogging at home I include socks but not shoes. And speaking of clothing, your profile photo is striking with your white blouse and brown beads. I love your hairstyle, too.

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  3. Davalynn Spencer

    Yes. Dress for the occasion. When I am interviewing someone for a piece in American Cowboy magazine, I wear nice jeans with a pressed-in crease and my good lace-up boots. It’s cowboy wear. It lets my interviewee know I understand his world–but that’s because I do. If I didn’t, I could end up looking like an idiot. (Would I wear shorts and a jersey to interview a basketball player? No.) But even though I understand the Western world, moderation is key. No spurs, chaps, hat, fringe or other doo-dads that scream “wannabe.” Better to opt for the good jeans/boots/jacket recommended above.

    If I’m interviewing a political candidate I leave the jeans and boots at home and wear a skirt or slacks, nice blouse, heels, etc. Michelle’s comments are right on point. I believe the old cliche, “clothes make the man” is a bit truer than we care to admit.

  4. Trey

    I’ve found that even putting on a pair of jeans and a decent shirt makes me far more motivated to focus and accomplish great things that day.

    The other trap I’ve seen others fall into is working from the couch or the kitchen table. You must have an “office” at home – either a dedicated room or other area of the house – that is all yours and that your friends and family know are off limits during your work day.

    I frequently walk from my office to the living room where my 3 year old is playing at the end of the day and yell “Daddy’s home!”. She gets a kick out of it. 🙂