What clothes do you wear to get picked up?
Clean ones, if possible!
But beyond that, I'm not really sure. I'm a male, but perhaps females might want an answer to this question, too. The way I figure it, a buck or two spent at a GoodWill or other thrift store might go a long way towards making the trip go better. Is it better to wear "nice" clothes? Or might that encourage people to try to take advantage of you (driving off with gear, etc.)? Or is it better to wear things that might get people to take pity? I'll toss out a couple examples.
1. Shirts - simple, light-colored button-downs seem like they might get people to trust you more. Maybe too much, that they'll think you should just take a bus. Nice, well-fitting T-shirts seem like they would be alright. Ratty T-shirts could inspire pity in people who identify with poorer folks, but could lower the trust of those who don't. Black or brown shirts might be good, since they won't show how dirty they are...
2. I have a really comfortable pair of jeans, and I've put colorful patches (pieces of neck-ties, etc.) all over them. They're colorful and cool, but I wonder if they might make me look untrustworthy. Similarly, Cargo-pants would be useful, but are they sketchy? How about cargo shorts?
3. I have a black felt cowboy hat. It might help in texas, I guess. Anywhere where it'd hurt? Other caps that might help/hurt?
first-timer, hitching home from NY/PA to San Diego in June