How to dress like you don’t work from home

by Kevin

in Face-to-Face Sales

Working from home = awesome. Dressing like you work from home = embarrassing.

Listen to my interview with style consultant for Cosmo and HuffPost (and a really cool chick) Kimberly Seltzer of EliteImageMakovers.com to find out which clothes you need to throw out immediately, and what to replace them with if you ever want to be taken seriously.

Here’s the thing…

As writers and entrepreneurs who work at home and online,  we don’t get out as much as regular folk.

Going till noon in your PJs, conference calls from the back yard, an entire day without shoes… not unusual. (No wonder our neighbors wonder what the hell we do for a living.)

The problem is that because fashion plays a comparatively small role in our daily lives, we are at a major disadvantage when it counts. And showing up to face-to-face meetings (clients, conferences, whatever) in clothes that don’t fit or came straight off the rack at Target is sending a bad message (and costing you money).

When it comes to your personal style, casual is cool, but clueless is a killer.

I’m no fashionista, but I was forced to get hip this year after I was invited to speak at events and appear on camera more often. I’ve learned that little changes go a long way. First rule is you’ve got to be comfortable with what you’re wearing, but for too many of us that means shorts and a t-shirt. Not gonna work.

Second rule is, it’s all about the shoes, man. Kimberly gives great advice about how to shop for shoes and develop a personal style on her website. You can also see great before and after shots, like this guy below…

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Hard to believe that’s the same guy.  Imagewise he just went from the IT department to the boardroom in one day.

Here’s the secret bonus to putting just a bit of thought into your style… it’s wicked FUN. Once you push out of your comfort zone just a bit and decide to indulge you’ll have a blast shopping and trying on clothes. A free shot of dopamine with every purchase! Can’t beat it.

If you have any specific questions for Kimberly you can post them below and I bet she’d be cool enough to answer them.

Go kick ass…

dem-shoes

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Andy Wilson November 19, 2013 at 10:40 am

Bonus points: When I stopped wearing my robe until noon. I started being more productive with my mornings.
Put on clothes and work!

Kevin November 19, 2013 at 11:30 am

Andy, I’ve heard this theory before. I’m sure there’s something to it. During my short lived career as a bartender, I noticed it was difficult to get into the groove unless I changed shirts before my shift. Something about resetting the mental gauge. At home though, I need comfort. Makes sprucing up to go out all the more fun.

Kevin Bates November 19, 2013 at 11:16 am

I read this post in my PJs…

I regret nothing!

:)

Kevin November 19, 2013 at 11:27 am

As it should be, Kev. Just don’t go out to lunch in those fuzzy slippers, man.

Mike Massie November 19, 2013 at 11:18 am

Definitely. Since I sold my offline businesses and began working from home full-time, I have to stop myself from running around looking like a college kid on spring break after an all-night bender. Great interview!

Kevin November 19, 2013 at 11:26 am

Welcome, Mike. I like your site.

Mike Massie November 19, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Thanks Kevin! Much appreciated. I caught you on the Clickbank podcast, and that led me to check out John Carlton’s stuff. He was on my radar, but not as much as some other… options for copywriting advice and training. Been going through the freelancer’s course, and I’m loving it. Hopefully I can meet all you folks at a future event.

Rich Williams November 19, 2013 at 7:25 pm

What brand are those shoes? I’m immediately going to buy them.

Kevin November 19, 2013 at 8:35 pm
Mike Gigante November 20, 2013 at 7:30 am

I also try to get to the gym for an hour every day. While that is good to do. It also torpedoes getting dressed halfway decently!

But this is good food for thought Kev, and much needed help. Thanks

Kevin November 20, 2013 at 8:03 am

Hey Mike! Funny trumps fashion, you’re a legend regardless. But what I’ve been doing is just clearing out all the clothes I look or feel ridiculous in.

Once a week or month take one of those shirts you pray you’ll never be photographed in and replace it with something stylish but not too trendy.(Or let Teresa do it!) Before long you’ve got a wardrobe that represents you. So no matter how fast you need to get dressed the clothes are right.

Mike Gigante November 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm

I like that before and after photo… Can she turn ME into James Gregory too?

Kevin November 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm

She’s not a magician, Mike… but she can show you how to not dress like a hypnotist.

Kimberly Seltzer November 21, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Mike I can definitely try! Email me and let’s get started :)

John Carlton November 20, 2013 at 4:59 pm

It’s all about the shoes, man. Month-old sweats, uncombed hair, stained tee shirt… all is forgiven as long as you got swingin’ hot footwear, right?

Anyway, that’s what I picked up…

Kevin November 20, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Yes, the shoes, man. And… the glasses.

Faces and feet are all people see.

kathy November 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

Hey Kev, had to chime in here as a girl — and just to be even more transparent, from a blind girl. The topic of style is so much fun. For me as a blind person, people are always amazed at anything I do so all it takes is showing up with my clothes on — right side out and I’m good to go! :)

Kimberly Seltzer November 21, 2013 at 11:57 pm

Thanks Kathy for being a fellow woman and joining me in the quest to help men love fashion!

Robert November 21, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Thought I’d ask Kimberly a question here, since I’m all out of “clever” at this point in the day…

[Wow, this is gonna be weird…]

My daughter was watching one of those mindless laugh track shows on Disney channel.

The dad is some nameless working actor I recognized as coming up through the sporting event commercial ranks, featured in the role of borderline-obese everyman.

Last night, I’m about to issue my nightly “Turn that TV down” command,
and he’s on this show. I’m like, “Oh, that guy… he finally got a show.”
But the face was much thinner, and he’s all buffed up now.

Muscles popping out, he looked like he was being pumped THROUGH his short-sleeved knit polo.

So, he’s done all this work, and he looks arguably worse than he did as a slob.

Other than getting even your t-shirts custom cut, what do you suggest for an athletic build
so you look as good in business casual as you do in your workout gear?

Kimberly Seltzer November 21, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Robert thank you for your hilarious heart-felt question! Well there is a longer answer to this question believe it or not. Half the battle is knowing what brands fit your body type and finding your personal style. Everything else then falls into place whether it is buying items for business casual or working out. I’m a big fan of getting clothes that can be used for multiple occasions by mixing and matching. In order to answer you correctly and direct you to the right clothes, I’d have to know more about you..your work environment, your lifestyle, marital status, your colors, your body frame, etc. But feel free to email me directly for more. I would love for your daughter to say, “Hey my dad …he finally got some cool clothes!” :)

Paul November 23, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Ok ,I read this after watching some ols episodes of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy on net flix and this was like a updated better version of the show. Thanks for the information. I’m so sick of people who take fashion for granted and will wear Kevin’s PJ’s to a store like Walmart. Heres a clue, if in Walmart and someone whips out a camera you have probably committed a fashion roux pas.

Robert November 26, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Thanks, Kim.

Your appearance is your “headline,” so interesting angle.

It was kind of funny, we went somewhere recently, and between the time I got dressed/ready and got in the car, all THREE of my kids asked, “Dad- why you all dressed up?”

“Because you’re supposed to when you go out.”

Hmmmm….

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