Do You Work At Home? Just How Dressed Do You Get?

Business By SunshineCarbs Updated 29 Aug 2014 , 3:51pm by ugcjill

SunshineCarbs Posted 21 Aug 2014 , 6:30pm
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I'm just curious. I've been wearing very basic things in easily washed poly/cotton blend (leggings, a tank top. usually a bra but not always) when I'm not expecting a client. A friend of mine thought that even for home work, that was awfully under-dressed, but I like having my arms bare for kneading things (even if I have sleeves, when I'm mixing a pound of fondant I like to peel them back so I can really lean on it.

 

Things might change soon; I'm moving to a new apartment where I will have both a kitchen and a studio workspace that I'll be teaching classes in, and I suspect I should be in 'Oh, sure, drop in any time.' mode there for clients.

 

But am I underdressing horribly for this? is there a reason I should be wearing more? Is this a really weird question?

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AZCouture Posted 21 Aug 2014 , 6:35pm
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AYou're asking whether or not you should wear certain clothes in your own private home when no one is there to see your fashion choices? :D

Just be hygienic, from head to toe. Whether that involves tshirts with cats on it, and tennis shoes with rhinestones and mismatched socks..who cares. ;)

JWinslow Posted 21 Aug 2014 , 6:40pm
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You're asking whether or not you should wear certain clothes in your own private home when no one is there to see your fashion choices? icon_biggrin.gif

Just be hygienic, from head to toe. Whether that involves tshirts with cats on it, and tennis shoes with rhinestones and mismatched socks..who cares. icon_wink.gif


This !   ;-D

Dayti Posted 21 Aug 2014 , 6:52pm
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Agree with AZ and JW :D

 

In your new place, you could go along similar lines, but I would make things easier for yourself as in, white T-shirts rather than tank tops, though they could still be a bit clingy, and leggings (assuming you don't mind people looking at your bum). You could get 5-6 of each which means you always dress the same - saves on faffing about doing the washing and having to think what to put on every day. I would suggest aprons too, you can get them printed with your logo. So a very casual uniform really. And a bra always, unless you are lucky enough to have boobs that are small and don't wobble:D

Claire138 Posted 21 Aug 2014 , 6:59pm
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Originally Posted by AZCouture 

You're asking whether or not you should wear certain clothes in your own private home when no one is there to see your fashion choices? icon_biggrin.gif

Just be hygienic, from head to toe. Whether that involves tshirts with cats on it, and tennis shoes with rhinestones and mismatched socks..who cares. icon_wink.gif


Agree with all but the cats (terrible fear of them), otherwise why do you care? who is going to see you?

soldiernurse Posted 21 Aug 2014 , 7:31pm
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Originally Posted by AZCouture 

You're asking whether or not you should wear certain clothes in your own private home when no one is there to see your fashion choices? icon_biggrin.gif

Just be hygienic, from head to toe. Whether that involves tshirts with cats on it, and tennis shoes with rhinestones and mismatched socks..who cares. icon_wink.gif

 

 

 

I totally AGREE!! Until you start having folks over then it's a personal choice.

Edible Art Co Posted 21 Aug 2014 , 7:48pm
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Are you clean? Have you washed your hands? Is your hair out of the way? 

Then rock whatever outfit makes you feel like an epic cake maker ;)

SunshineCarbs Posted 21 Aug 2014 , 7:51pm
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Are you clean? Have you washed your hands? Is your hair out of the way? 

Then rock whatever outfit makes you feel like an epic cake maker ;)

Came to that I'd just wander around naked with a hairnet on. Easier to get the buttercream off of skin.

Edible Art Co Posted 21 Aug 2014 , 7:56pm
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Ha! We should all be so comfortable with buttercream!

scrumdiddlycakes Posted 21 Aug 2014 , 9:52pm
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Nekkid bakin'!

 

hehe, as long as you are squeaky clean and lint/shedding free, you're golden in my books.

shanter Posted 21 Aug 2014 , 10:57pm
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And don't get any body parts in the oven......

AZCouture Posted 21 Aug 2014 , 11:13pm
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AWell, Shaaaaan-ter, you have to stick your

hands in there at some point.

shanter Posted 21 Aug 2014 , 11:28pm
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With protective covering, I hope. Hahahahaha

cakesbycathy Posted 22 Aug 2014 , 2:57am
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You might want to reconsider not always wearing a bra.  Unless your very small chested, the girls will appreciate the support, particularly when you're rolling out fondant.  If not now, later.  When gravity starts to take its toll :roll:

 

All other clothing is optional :lol: 

 

 

 

And let me just say I've been on CC a long time and I'm pretty sure this topic has never come up before!

Mimimakescakes Posted 22 Aug 2014 , 3:09am
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Let me see , last night I had a shower and put a clean nightie on ( it was hot pink with a Moo cow on it incidently) then I started work.  My hair was up , my hands clean( I am a little obsessive about that .  Oh and I wasn't wearing a bra. 

 

I love cake decorating because I can and often do work in my jamas. Sometimes I wear an apron. 

 

I am not going to dress for a royal visit to bake or decorate a cake. 

winniemog Posted 22 Aug 2014 , 6:40am
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Originally Posted by AZCouture 

You're asking whether or not you should wear certain clothes in your own private home when no one is there to see your fashion choices? icon_biggrin.gif

Just be hygienic, from head to toe. Whether that involves tshirts with cats on it, and tennis shoes with rhinestones and mismatched socks..who cares. icon_wink.gif

OK, AZ, I always imagined you in a different kind of outfit (dressier perhaps??).....but if you want to rock those rhinestone tennis shoes, then you just go right ahead!

 

But then SunshineCarbs had to get naked on us....and then Shanter and AZ got me thinking about various body parts in the oven (nice pause, AZ). Honestly, I burn any exposed skin on the best of days getting cakes out of the oven - ain't no way I'm approaching the oven naked now!

ellavanilla Posted 22 Aug 2014 , 7:19am
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AIf I wash my hair in the morning I have a ton if flyaway strands, which are not good for cakes! So I'm gonna look terrible anyway, why dress up? :-D

My uniform for the last 10 years are tshirts. I have several tiers (wink). Tees that I wear out at night. Tees that are decent enough to wear on a Saturday grocery run. Tees that I will wear around the kids or for baking. Tees that are so worn they are only good for sleeping. As you can see, as eAch tee moves down the line, work tees are at the bottom!

My problem is that I can't find comfy shoes that aren't really hot. Tennies make me hot!

Evoir Posted 22 Aug 2014 , 8:15am
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I have a uniform of sorts: always an apron - polyester/cotton because it doesn't de-lint-ify all over the place. In summer: tank top and shorts, in winter yoga pants and tees. I have tens of tank tops and tees. And if I'm sitting doing GP flower work for hours, I'll put on a zippered vest thing which is so freaking ugly, but so very comfy - keeps my chest warm while my arms are free (do I sound like an old woman?). I also wear a hair net or a cook's cap thing when I am in the kitchen baking, buttercreaming or ganaching.. I live in fear of shedding hair on stuff!

 

When I have clients to see, I wear dark dark jeans, a company-logo polo shirt, and nice shoes. Clean nails and minimal makeup. No-one wants to see some tarted-up ho who is going to make their wedding cake '-)

cai0311 Posted 22 Aug 2014 , 3:33pm
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AI have a couple old t-shirts and shorts I wear when I am cake decorating. I don't care how much powdered sugar and flower I get on them. After each use they go in the hamper. I am in my own house, I wear what works best and allows free movement.

Now, when a client is comingover, that is a whole 'nother story. But if it is just me and my hubby - comfort all the way.

Norasmom Posted 23 Aug 2014 , 1:01am
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Makes no difference as long as you are practicing good hygiene.

 

I have been known to bake/decorate in my bathrobe.  :-D

MBalaska Posted 23 Aug 2014 , 2:53am
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down Parka, snow boots, arctic mittens, silk under wear....

nah just kidding.. :wink:

 

big men's white t shirt, hairnet, sweatpants, matching white cotton socks, and plenty of those wonderful disposable plastic gloves.

 

*:)* How easy would it be to have a chef's coat or something nice with your business name on it, so you could throw it on when your guests-customers arrive.   You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

MBalaska Posted 23 Aug 2014 , 2:57am
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"...When I have clients to see, I wear dark dark jeans, a company-logo polo shirt, and nice shoes. Clean nails and minimal makeup. No-one wants to see some tarted-up ho who is going to make their wedding cake '-)......"

 

LOL  I want to see her.......:-o

winniemog Posted 23 Aug 2014 , 3:40am
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LOL  I want to see her.......:o

I think her cakes are available for viewing on cake wrecks.....

cakebaby2 Posted 23 Aug 2014 , 6:48pm
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AI'm appalled at the suggestion that full make up and evening wear is not being worn by cake artistes! A winsome ensemble in say black leather will NOT shed hairs or lint and thigh boots keep those other undesirables firmly contained. Hygiene ladies hygiene, and elegance at all times?

MBalaska Posted 23 Aug 2014 , 6:58pm
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I'm appalled at the suggestion that full make up and evening wear is not being worn by cake artistes!
A winsome ensemble in say black leather will NOT shed hairs or lint and thigh boots keep those other undesirables firmly contained.
Hygiene ladies hygiene, and elegance at all times?
 

A Cake Dominatrix !!  :mischeivous:      WoooHooo

I'm In.  (can you find this ensemble in womens Plus Sizes)  :D

nannycook Posted 23 Aug 2014 , 7:01pm
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AHa ha ha, you guys crack me up!

Cakebaby, still waiting for gumpaste John!!

SunshineCarbs Posted 23 Aug 2014 , 7:12pm
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Hygiene ladies hygiene, and elegance at all times?

 

Heh. About a decade ago, I walked in a group/float at the Pride parade in Toronto, to promote a science fiction convention I was involved in. While we were discussing prep on the mailing list, one conservative, older straight woman, about 55 at the time, sent out an email full of tips. Most of them were innocuous...'wear sunscreen', 'freeze your water the night before', etc.

And then out of nowhere, she said, "and remember, ladies, shave your legs if you're wearing shorts!"

To Pride.

Now, I'm bi, and I am a feminist, and I don't actually shave my legs unless I'm wearing pantyhose because i'm british in descent, and I actually have almost no body hair. and I try to wear pantyhose as infrequently as possible, because ugh. I don't buy the 'angry lesbian feminist unshorn archtype' thing. but it was just SUCH a moment where I was staring at the computer and going, "I don't....understand...." Like, I really did not understand why she would post that. It was so peculiar, considering the event we were going to.

In this case, I was just sort of curious, since I'm no longer going to have roommates, which is the main reason I get dressed before noon on weekends. And I don't bake naked anymore, as a result of a 3" burn scar on my left breast from a sheet pan 15 years ago. But I'm not entirely certain I'll wear pants, once I'm wholly working at home. There's a very good chance I'll be in boy shorts, a tank top, and an apron most days.

-Stephanie.

MBalaska Posted 23 Aug 2014 , 7:15pm
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Ha ha ha, you guys crack me up!

Cakebaby, still waiting for gumpaste John!!
 
Oh Gumpaste John exists allright nannycook, she's got him locked in the kitchen  conditioning her leather high top boots.  Never brag about him, else someone will steal him away from you.

 

as everyone has said before, cleanliness and hygiene are priorities.  So be sure to polish your boots.

nannycook Posted 23 Aug 2014 , 7:19pm
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AHa ha, as long as she treats him nice she can keep him!

cakebaby2 Posted 24 Aug 2014 , 8:31am
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as everyone has said before, cleanliness and hygiene are priorities.  So be sure to polish your boots.

Another google earth fan I see miss Alaska? John is residing safely in the basement with the rest of the little posse of dancing heroes. hi nanny cook., how you doing ? Xx I

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