The Importance of Getting Dressed

Pants: Zara (similar here and here); Top: Urban Outfitters; Shoes: Zara (similar here and here)

I remember my first day as a full-time blogger so clearly. After rolling out of bed at 9:30 (almost 3 hours later than I would for my old job), I watched an episode of Friends while answering emails. The next two days followed a similar pattern. Being my own boss had been my dream for as long as I could remember, but instead of basking in they glory of my newfound freedom I felt a little lost. My life had no routine, and I was writing about fashion while sitting on my couch wearing sweatpants. For three consecutive days.

Eventually, I snapped out of it. Over time, I developed a routine, and a year into it, my schedule feels just as structured as it was when I had an office job. However, the main lesson I took away from my experience is the importance of getting dressed. Though it may sound shallow, it is far from it.

As a freelancer, it’s so easy to fall into the sweatpants rut. Sure, it’s a treat to stay at home in sweatpants once in a while. But after a prolonged period, it becomes sloppy and ill-disciplined. Getting dressed – even if you’re working from home – automatically creates a sense of purpose. This tiny change indicates to our minds that we’re ready for business.

Not getting dressed made me feel like I’d lost a part of myself. Unsurprising since my main focus has always been fashion. My experience taught me, once again, that my mother is never wrong: that it is important to dress up for oneself. It’s not about trying to impress someone, it’s about self-care.

So freelancers, if you ever feel like you’re a little dazed and confused, change into your favourite power-outfit. You’d be surprised at the miracles it can do for your mood.

Photography by Erin Leydon




  1. Mandy Sikder
    July 23, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    I’ve loved your blog for years now but as of late I can’t get of enough your new content! As always the pictures are stunning but lately I’ve been really engrossed by your words. It’s so beautifully written and somehow manages to always strike a chord with my 24 yr old self <3

      July 23, 2017 / 7:42 pm

      I can’t tell you how happy that makes me! I put a lot of thought into writing about meaningful topics, so I’m glad you enjoy my words 🙂

  2. July 23, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    J’adore! The outfit and the post, you are such an inspiration in terms of where I want to take my little virtual corner. I am glad you found the perfect routine, I totally see myself wearing sweatpants for a week while eating the first thing I grab from the fridge without regrets >.< wishing you a great Sunday, Siffat!

    Saida | She talks Glam

  3. July 23, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    So gorgeous. What a power outfit is right! And I totally agree about getting changed. It sets your intention for the day.

    xx Gabriella

  4. July 24, 2017 / 1:11 am

    I love this outfit so much; classic and chic. I also love structure and leaving my home for a job because it pushes me to get up out of bed and be productive, including get dress. I also want to have my own business, so this word of advice is especially helpful.

    Natalie |

  5. July 24, 2017 / 4:12 am

    Your outfit is incredible! Loved reading this post too! I always feel 10x better when I get dressed in the mornings! x


  6. July 24, 2017 / 5:48 am

    So funny, this is pretty much the topic of my blog post this week too! It’s kinda crazy thinking that we’ve both been doing it for a year now eh? (I still watch TV while answering emails btw)


  7. July 24, 2017 / 7:18 am

    Totally agree! I do have my power lucky outfit that I enjoy wearing! Great advice!

  8. July 24, 2017 / 9:55 am

    This outfit is PERFECT. Love those pants. And getting dressed is so important for your mindset. Even in a traditional full time job, looking professional will make you feel and act professional.


  9. July 24, 2017 / 11:36 am

    Being your own boss is definitely an amazing accomplishment. And getting dressed everyday is also very important in my eyes. Humans are definitely creature of habits but I think if we stopped dressing up, we kinda loose ourselves a bit. Anyways I love the way you styled this pants! Love the scallop detailing on the crop top.


  10. July 24, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    I have to start off by saying that that is one amazing power outfit! Those pants are so fun and cute! And I totally believe in the importance of getting dressed. I’ve been working from home part time for the past two years and I’m always so much more productive when I get dressed in something that makes me feel good in the morning.


  11. July 24, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    I always enjoy one day of wearing casual clothes and being a bit lazy but I get tired of it very quickly and dressing up is a way to start working for me. You look stunning in this outfit!

    My Vogue Style |

  12. July 24, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    You’re so right! Love this post. Too many people think that women dress up for other people, but truthfully lots of us babes dress up for ourselves and our own confidence. Thanks so much for sharing!

    I’d love for you to check out the latest on my blog if you get a chance!

  13. Tamara
    July 24, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    Yes!! SO true Siffat. When I first started blogging full time I was in my sweatpants on my sofa and that made me so unproductive. Now I make sure to work from my desk (or in a coffee shop) and even if I’m not leaving the house I wear a pair of jeans and tee just to feel a little more put together. It’s definitely a mind game but it works.


    Tamara –

  14. July 24, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    You look so beautiful, I love these photos! I agree with you, as I also work from home I sometimes don’t feel like dressing but I force myself to get dressed because that’s better for motivation!

  15. July 24, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    Great post. I agree, getting dressed in the morning is important. I can work from home several days a week, and I also do loads of freelance the past ten years so one rule that I have for myself is to act like I am going to the office. I get dressed and it helps motivate me to be more productive. xx/Madison

  16. Amy
    July 24, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    One of my favorite looks of yours! I definitely understand this as I am now part-time at my job and part-time at home with my daughter. I feel better on the days I get dressed!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  17. Jessi Malay
    July 24, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    Love what you wrote here babe!! Very honest! I also have days where I have to force myself to get out and get dressed because so much of my time is spent working from home on my computer! Definitely very important to think about this and remember why we started blogging in the first place <3

    XO, Jessi

  18. July 25, 2017 / 2:54 am

    Oh, wow! You look beyond gorgeous, seriously!
    I love everything about your outfit. Those pants look so perfect on you. Stunning pictures babe! Great post.
    Xx, Raysa

  19. July 25, 2017 / 4:46 am

    Your outfit is on point. I try to pick myself out of the couch and get dressed up, so I decided that I am going to do insta stories every day and I have to be fully ready for it. I would see if it will get the job done or not.
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  20. July 25, 2017 / 5:04 am

    I totally know what you mean! Getting dressed for no occasion is the best because there is way less pressure too! You look amazing here babe, I love those striped trousers!

  21. miri
    July 25, 2017 / 6:49 am

    These pants and the top look gorgeous on you, Siffat. I can imagine that if I went freelance I would spend the first three days in a similar way. :-))

  22. July 25, 2017 / 7:39 am

    Im so obsessed with stripes right now babe!! you look beautiful!! the pattern is always flattering on!!



  23. Stephanie
    July 25, 2017 / 11:50 am

    Looking So fine and beautiful 🙂
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  24. July 25, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    Love this outfit and reality check of being a FT blogger even I’m not one of them but just very interesting to know how it’s like

  25. July 25, 2017 / 11:54 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more. There is a reason the phrase “dress for the part” is so popular. If you want to convey yourself as someone who is powerful and strong, you need to look the part! And this outfit on you definitely portrays that!

    Jessica |

  26. July 26, 2017 / 3:13 am

    Love this! It’s such a dream of mine to be able to work from home, drinking 4 cups of coffee a day and feeling motivated and empowered by doing what you love for yourself.

    Lovely post x