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For those that do not have a storefront have you taken wardrobe into consideration? I am upgrading my wardrobe (due to a little weight gain, not my great success and amount of $$ pouring in...lol) I was wondering if anyone other than myself thinks wardrobe plays a big role in your success and and what people are willing to pay for your cakes? I feel once you have a reputation as a cake genius then you could show up in your pajamas and just be labeled eccentric. When I look at AZ Couture's picture and how she is dressed I think high end confections that I could probably not afford (that is meant as a compliment since I don't want customers that can only afford what I can). I want clothing that will make me stand out but not in a bad way (like clown shoes)...I have decided to go with a signature color palette. And when I deliver to a venue I wear an embroidered Chef's coat. What do other home baker's on here do...or do you just not think it's that important.

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It makes you look more professional when you do business -meeting with clients, delivering- in a chef's coat. They feel safer entrusting their cake -and money!- to you. I was rushed to make delivery deadline and didn't realise that I hadn't a coat in my car (ALWAYS keep a quick-change chef's coat in your vehicle!). They got the cake on time, but I got some initial looks that were...unsettling to me.

Ruth Rickey at http://sugarzen.com wrote an article in May of 2012 titled 'I'm Not Worthy' Give it a read.

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the link takes me to godaddy.com...don't see anything on there but ads.

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It's HOT in charleston. The only time I wear a chef jacket is the food & wine festival. I would for competition that's about it.

I purchased several skorts. They are pretty, feminine, flexible, & comfortable. I also always wear my hot pink Landau Rx shoes. When delivering, I wear am apron.

I've never gotten weird looks. Well...not from what I was wearing during a delivery.

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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

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FYI, Dicks sporting goods carries beautiful skorts by lady Hagar. I don't like the shirts.

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

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I have a kitchen on our property now, but when I have a meeting I wear what I use to wear as a pastry chef. Chefs coat, checkered pencil skirt and usually funky shoes, lol. For the most part I still bake in that as well, minus the shoes, force of habit I guess.

 

Looking professional is definitely important, I'm totally guilty of judging someone on first glance. When I see a baker in a frumpy t-shirt and shorts, I automatically wonder what their kitchen looks like. (please don't stone me, I can't help it, lol)

I don't think you have to dress 'fancy', but crisp and clean for sure, with a touch of personality.

 

I have a friend who has her chef coats custom made, and has a ruffle added, she gets so many comments on it.

People really do pay a lot more attention than you realize.

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FYI, Dicks sporting goods carries beautiful skorts by lady Hagar. I don't like the shirts.

Thanks...I have bought some dressy long shorts but would really like a skirt look. I just hate wearing skirts. I will look at those.

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I have a kitchen on our property now, but when I have a meeting I wear what I use to wear as a pastry chef. Chefs coat, checkered pencil skirt and usually funky shoes, lol. For the most part I still bake in that as well, minus the shoes, force of habit I guess.

 

Looking professional is definitely important, I'm totally guilty of judging someone on first glance. When I see a baker in a frumpy t-shirt and shorts, I automatically wonder what their kitchen looks like. (please don't stone me, I can't help it, lol)

I don't think you have to dress 'fancy', but crisp and clean for sure, with a touch of personality.

 

I have a friend who has her chef coats custom made, and has a ruffle added, she gets so many comments on it.

People really do pay a lot more attention than you realize.

I went to a buffet at the culinary school yesterday and was amazed how gross some of the students chefs coats looked as they were serving....first of all I was appalled the students would present themselves to the public like that but even worse was the fact that  the Chef instructors and administrators allowed it. I will soon be starting the Baking/Pastry degree program there if I get accepted but that and the fact that some of the students  didn't know crap about baking gave me pause. One did not know what fondant was....one did not know that swiss buttercream was a meringue recipe and then explained to me that "the difference between regular BC and SMBC was that the swiss had more fat"...WHAT???? I was relieved to find out that they were not students in the baking school and their program only touched on basics...

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I wear a chef's coat and black pants (NEVER jeans) for deliveries, and wore it at a bridal show. For consultations, I wear nice casual pants )again, no jeans) with clogs. For a top, I have some nice, fairly upscale, Eddie Bauer t-shirts that are colorful, with 3/4 sleeves and V or scoop necklines that look professional, creative, and casual. If I don't wear one of those, I wear a white button down blouse. I also wear a nice watch, fun earrings and my wedding cake necklace.

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I'm SO SORRY! I have no idea why that is! I clicked on the link and went to godaddy. And now I'm trying to get sugarzen directly and I'm being re-directed all over the place! This is weird.

Does anyone have any idea why this is happening? Ruth are you out there? Can you shed some light...Oh shoot! She'll be at Cake Camp.

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I'm SO SORRY! I have no idea why that is! I clicked on the link and went to godaddy. And now I'm trying to get sugarzen directly and I'm being re-directed all over the place! This is weird.

Does anyone have any idea why this is happening? Ruth are you out there? Can you shed some light...Oh shoot! She'll be at Cake Camp.

 



I expect she let her domain lapse.  That is a holding page until she renews her registration.

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I think this link - is for the article you were mentioning..  http://sugarzen.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/im-not-worthy/

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I guess I dress comfortably for everything. I don't wear jammies, but I have been known to wear yoga pants and a t shirt if I'm meeting them in the middle of a work day. Otherwise jeans or something with a nice shirt at night. I come from a region where people wear jeans to weddings and $50 per plate restaurants though. It's kind of a running joke around here. No one ever buys an evening dress because besides prom, you'll never get to wear it!

 

I like to give off the impression that I'm approachable, young (ish) and someone they can relate to. I do wear a chef's coat to deliveries though, I find that this is where "I'm a professional, not just a cake lady" really needs to be expressed. 

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post #14 of 43

I dress like I'm going to work, but I'm not into uniforms so I don't wear a chef's coat.

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Ok, that was a photo shoot I won, hope no one thinks I look like that all the time!

Shoot, I am about as far from looking like that as you can imagine. Ok, hair pulled back, thin button up blouse over a tank top, and jeans. Flip flops too! (gasp!) Srsly. But I don't look thrown together, I'm presentable but casual, and my meeting space is very neat and clean. Some Brazilian jazz radio in the background, hanging lanterns with scented candles lit...cozy, nice, not stuffy.

But no, Marie Freakin Antoinette is not greeting the customers with a cake in hand...ha ha ha!
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