As a longtime writer and blogger, I recently decided to take the plunge and write my first book. While there’s certainly a thrill to those words, there’s also a whole lot of panic—after all, it's not exactly an easy feat—so I’ve tried to implement some rules to set me up for success. Sartorially, that has meant declaring pajamas and sweatpants off-limits while writing. In the same career-driven vein of “dress for success,” I believe it’s important to wear something more serious than sleepwear to reflect the seriousness I’m trying to instill in the project. Otherwise, it’s too easy to equate working on this book with Netflix binge-watching, and that’s a slippery slope to never getting it done.
However, there’s a fine line between stepping up my style and overdoing it, especially when comfort is so crucial. So, while fitted jeans and loafers might be okay, heels or a fancy dress feel out of place. To further inspire my final choices, I consulted the women who know this struggle best: my favorite female authors of the last decade. While they’re known more for their brilliant way with words than their fashion savvy, they've all offered up some seriously covetable style throughout their careers.
Scroll down to see looks from Joan Didion, Maya Angelou, and more…
As the writer and critic responsible for heavier works like Regarding the Pain of Others and Illness as Metaphor, Sontag opted for sophisticated, no-fuss menswear staples.
The fashion world's beloved Didion has always exuded the most casual version of California cool. Back in the day, the Slouching Towards Bethlehem author paired loose-fitting dresses and skirts with giant sunglasses and silk scarves.
As the famed author of The Color Purple, Walker's writing has always echoed her long-held passion for human rights activism. Similarly, her unique, print-heavy style has always privileged self-expression above what's on-trend.
As a famed journalist, novelist, playwright, and screenwriter (to name but a few of her roles), Ephron kept things simple, wardrobe-wise, by pairing luxurious basics with eye-catching jewelry and scarves.
The late Maya Angelou wore many style hats throughout her career, but this early image proves that comfort (in its most stylish form) came first for the brilliant mind behind I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Some of Sylvia Plath's best confessional writing came to fruition while she was studying at Smith College, where she opted for collegiate staples of the time like wool cardigans, flannels, and pleated knee-length skirts.
What female authors are you loving right now? Sound off in the comments!