This post is a bit of fun. Many women – myself included – love clothes and deciding what image we’re going to portray with our dress style. So today’s post is all about the fashions of historical and modern writers in different countries and genres.
Even Jane Austen loved talking about the latest fashions when she wasn’t writing. She once wrote to her sister, “My cloak came on Tuesday, and, though I expected a good deal, the beauty of the lace astonished me. It is too handsome to be worn — almost too handsome to be looked at.”
Today’s post is mainly for women, but if you’re interested, I can post a version for the gents later on!
Does any of this actually matter?
There’s a serious side to fashion.
Let’s say it’s time to finish writing your book. If you feel creative wearing certain clothes, wear them every time you write and you’ll write more often and with more energy!
Then it’s time to promote the book. If you know that you are wearing something that makes you look your best, you’ll feel more confident and find it easier to talk about your creative work with others. If you have a great profile photo, you won’t hesitate to get in touch with someone on LinkedIn. When you’re at a writer’s festival and you have a two-minute chance to chat with a publisher in an elevator after a session, you’ll speak with confidence knowing you look and feel your best, your most creative, your most “writerly”.
Writers come in all shapes and sizes, so ultimately you should choose whatever you feel most confident and creative in (thanks, Modern Mrs Darcy) as your “writer” outfit. But here are some ideas if you’ve never thought about dressing like a writer before…
How about some inspiration from historical women writers who paved the way for you?
(These lovely lady authors are listed in chronological order, or as near as I could make it.)
First up, our heroic women writers from the 1700s to 1800s:
Jane Austen, novelist
Charlotte Bronte, novelist
Louisa May Alcott, novelist
The 1900s, a time of change:
Virginia Woolf, novelist and short fiction writer
Simone de Beauvoir, memoirist
Isabel Allende, novelist
Ursula K Le Guin, science fiction / fantasy novelist
The 2000s, a new millennium:
J.K. Rowling, fantasy novelist
Elizabeth Gilbert, memoirist
Christiane Amanpour, world-renowned journalist
Pim Techamuanvivit, Chez Pim food blogger
Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman food blogger for cowgirls and cowboys
TJ Withers-Ryan, editor and copywriter, blogger
One last thing! A new inspiring outfit doesn’t have to cost a fortune. My entire outfit above including shoes and watch cost less than $70 AU.
What’s your favourite writing outfit?
This post was written by TJ Withers-Ryan © 2015. Re-blogging is always highly encouraged as long as you credit me as the author.