BookEnds is a small enough office where you could easily wear your pajamas or yoga pants to work. For the most part, we work behind computers and phones and except for appointments with editors and authors (which don’t happen every day) we only see each other. Yet, I always dress as if I’m walking into a major corporate office. Every day. The only time you’ll see me in anything equivalent to yoga pants is if you happen to catch me in the office prior to 7am–it’s the only time of day I allow myself to work before being ready for the day.
I’m sometimes teased for my choice of clothes since I’m not required to dress that way. I’ve always stood firm on the belief that I am a stronger and smarter agent when I dress for the job I’m doing. I truly believe that I will be a tougher negotiator, a more determined agent, if I dress for power and success. Yoga pants make it too easy to cop out.
I had an ah-ha moment recently when I read this article in Fast Company, and by ah-ha I mean “ah-ha! I was right”. In the article, the author decided to test my theory (and the theory of others) and found that, in fact, we were right. Dressing for the job you want to do and the success level you want to have can make a difference in how you work. Try it, I’d be interested in hearing your results.