Planning your outfits can make all the difference

Do you find yourself wearing the same few items from your closet?

Or not caring much about what you wear because who’s going to see you anyway all bundled up?

It’s easy to fall into a wardrobe rut this time of year.

As your stylist, I’m here to help you get out of the rut. An easy way to do this is to simply plan ahead.

Take a few minutes on Sunday to plan your outfits for the week ahead. By planning ahead, you’ll save time each morning and eliminate the stress of finding what to wear daily or defaulting to wearing the same outfits over and over again.

Here are 5 tips to make outfit planning a weekly thing – 

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First, take a look at your calendar for the week to determine what type of outfits you will need to show up as your best self all week along. Do you have an important meeting you are leading in which decisions need to be made? Do you have a networking event to attend? What about your child’s recital or date night on Friday? Make sure you’re looking ahead at both personal events and professional meetings and plan all the outfits to match your lifestyle (this includes Zoom calls too!).

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When putting your outfits together, think about the message you want to send and how you want to present yourself each day. Think about how you want to feel in your outfit. Remember that what you choose to wear each day can be a powerful communication tool in how you show up for your day. Do you want to feel confident, adventurous, or approachable? Use your wardrobe to lean into these adjectives when getting dressed. For example, to exude confidence – wear structured pieces like a blazer or trouser. To appear more adventurous, play with colors or unexpected jewelry or print.

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A few extra minutes on Sunday will help you get creative and put together the whole outfit including accessories which often get overlooked when you’re rushing to get out the door in the morning. Pull out jewelry you haven’t worn in sometime. A necklace or earrings can add much to an outfit in helping you look polished and pulled together.

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If you tend to wear mostly black especially in the winter, switch it up and wear black + navy or add a brown shoe or boot to an all black outfit. Brown shoes can add warmth to your outfit. Or take the opposite approach and wear something bright with your all black look. This could be an accent color with jewelry, scarf, or shoes.

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Lastly, as you plan each outfit, take a photo and create an album on your phone to reference your outfits. You can either create a flatlay, by laying out all the items together on your bed and snapping a photo or get dressed head-to-toe and snap a selfie.

Now, imagine using those extra few minutes you’ll gain each morning for something else you’d rather be doing!

To make your outfit planning even easier, download and print this worksheet. Place it in your closet and use it to reference each week during your outfit planning session.

If you struggle putting outfits together that fit your style and lifestyle, contact me and let’s schedule a style call to discuss how can I help.