Strict dress codes aren’t required when you work for yourself, especially from home. The myth is that freelancers work in their PJs and get halfway presentable when needed. I’ve always full dress during video calls by the way. But lately, I’ve been thinking about this whole capsule wardrobe trend. So I wanted to experiment and see if dressing for success can make me more productive.
A Capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothes that can be mixed together to make multiple outfits that can carry a person through the seasons. – Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capsule_wardrobe
So what are the benefits of having a “daily uniform“? Well, it helps eliminate indecisiveness, therefore saving time. I notice that it take me a few minutes each morning to pick out my clothes only to end up wearing basically the same thing.
Dressing for Success vs. Productivity
After watching an IGTV video from a fellow woman business owner that I follow, I got the urge to really think about doing a wardrobe capsule for myself. One of her top CEO tips is based on what some of our favorite successful business owners do – eliminate daily decisions like what to eat and wear. Her daily uniform is simple with a white shirt with leggings in the Spring/Summer and black turtlenecks with leggings in the Fall/Winter.
I wish I could do this but the way the weather is set up in New York, I would freeze during the colder months when I have to go out. My goal is to get to her level of simplicity.
From my research so far, I found two great tips that I am going to use. The first was to identify what I already have that can become apart of my work clothes. Then I can move on to planning out the rest of the items I need.
Here’s some article I found interesting:
- Decision Minimalism: Productivity Hack of Steve Jobs & Mark Zuckerberg
- Why Successful People Wear the Same Thing Every Day
- 10 Powerful Women Who Have a Work Uniform (and Why You Should Too)
So I notice that I already have some sort of a uniform. In the warmer months, it’s sneakers, jeans, and a t-shirt. When I’m out and about I carry a light sweater just in case I get a little cold. Then when it’s colder, I swap out the t-shirt for a sweater.
So my goal to become a little more polish and start dressing for success. Yet, still remain comfortable and true to me. Let’s take a look at what I have come up with so far.
My Dream Basic Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe
- Bottoms – a pair of jeans or sweats
- Tops – tank top with sweatshirt or t-shirt with button-down
- Outwear – coat, scarf, and hat
- Footwear – sneakers or boots
I will finish off with one accessory, a pair of earrings. The way I work on my computer, watches, and bracelets get in my way. Now if I can just figure out what to do with my hair, then I will be golden. I went natural about a year and a half ago. Currently, I’m letting my hair grow out. I wasn’t prepared for the combination of short hair and the cold air. Now I’m too lazy to do anything with it.
I also hope to add something that will help me promote my business as well. There are times I do work outside the home and it would be fun to be a walking billboard to help build my local clientele. To make this experiment a little more fun, I’ve created a Pinterest board.
Let’s keep this conversation going! It doesn’t matter if you work outside the home or not, chime in.