What to Wear While Writing Your First Book

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…