Dressing for Success

This week, one of the foxes asked what we like to wear while writing. That’s easy. I wear whatever I happen to have on when I get the time to sit down and write. If I’m squeezing in a few paragraphs during a busy workday, I might have dress clothes on. If I have a list of errands to run, I’ll have on my jeans and a knit shirt. If I’m done running for the day and have a few hours before going to sleep, I’ll have on the most comfortable clothing I own – pajama pants and a large t-shirt. Six months out of the year I’ll add a sweater or sweatshirt on to that ensemble. I’m definitely not a fashion plate.

Since I’ve had a rather dry spell lately, I wondered if maybe my wardrobe choices had anything to do with the lack of words making their way into my manuscripts. I found an article in a 2014 issue of Elle magazine with pictures of a novelist’s wardrobe. I do wear a watch, but other than that I’m afraid the selection in my closet looks nothing like this!

Of course, I also found a number of author blogs who quickly reassured me that they too opt for comfort over fashion while writing. Plus there’s the price tag for this “basic wardrobe” – over $7K at the time!

Our curious fox also asked about the most unusual thing we’ve worn while writing. I guess that would be a pirate costume. One of the orchestras I play in did a Peter Pan-themed concert and we all had to dress like characters from the story. The oboe section decided to dress as pirates. I got ready for the concert and found I had an extra half hour before I needed to leave. Knowing I needed to write a post for this blog in a few days, I opened my laptop and started writing. I actually managed to get half the post written before going to play my concert. So okay, the “costume” was a hat that I wore with my traditional concert black, but putting the hat on my head was my way of making sure I didn’t forget to take it with me.


If you write, what does your work wardrobe look like?


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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14 Responses to Dressing for Success

  1. jeff7salter says:

    love the pirate hat.
    Yeah, that 2014 magazine outfit is certainly expensive… but it also looks uncomfortable. Evidently they imagined that an author’s life is spent in boardrooms signing contracts or in ad agencies reviewing high-profile promotional campaigns.
    As for what the Hound wears while writing… I think most of the Foxes will be able to guess. But for any of our other readers, we’ll have to wait until Thursday.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I had the same thought about that Elle wardrobe, Jeff. They list a silk blouse as a “key item” – and I don’t think I’ve ever owned one. I suppose if I wrote stories about wealthy people, it might help to dress the part. Guess I’ll stick to writing about every-day people!

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  2. I’ll admit to asking the questions…maybe not my best inspiration, but the week is young!
    Gotta love the pirate hat!

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  3. Joselyn says:

    I’m with you on comfort over fashion. A silk shirt sounds chilly. I’d need 4 layers over and under it to stay warm.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Ha! The Novelist Wardrobe definitely isn’t designed for Michigan winters spent in older drafty houses! Yes, I’d need at least another layer or two over a silk blouse – and if you’re going to cover it up, why bother?

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  4. Since I’m now retired from the regular 8 to 4 job, I spend most of my time pretty much writing and researching, so I tend to wear my pajamas. If I have to go somewhere, then I would wear my jeans and sweatshirt. I love comfort and warm during the winter months.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Retirement definitely changes our routine, doesn’t it? I seem to spend more time in pajama pants than I used to! Jeans are only for when I’m going out – or when someone is coming over. Thanks for stopping in, Constance!

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  5. pamelasthibodeaux says:

    Cute and interesting post Patricia!
    I’m either in PJ’s, workout clothes (like now just got home from gym) or work clothes.
    Good luck and God’s blessings

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  6. Jeans and either a Texans t-shirt or an Astros one. Comfort is the first priority!


  7. Diane Burton says:

    Great pirate hat, Patty. I wear sweats or shorts, T-shirt or flannel shirt (or both). Sometimes, nightie and robe. Like Kara says, comfort is the 1st priority.

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  8. I can’t imagine writing in an outfit like the one in the magazine. I suppose it would be suitable for a signing or meeting with a publisher or agent but even then I wouldn’t attempt it. I would rather be comfortable.

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