I’ve pretty much always been a morning person. If you want me to be somewhere at the crack of dawn, I will be there, no problem. If you want me to be somewhere at midnight, however, you’ll have to carry me while I sleep. As a result of this, you’d think I could easily put together an outfit at 6 am. This, however, is an unrealized dream. My putting together an outfit at 6 am generally results in the following circus:
Me to myself: Okay, okay, theme, theme. How about prom? Making prom dresses work at work. Yes. Brilliant. Boa. I could add a boa. Love it. Taffeta, yes, great, this is working. …okay, this is not working. Okay, new direction. Workout clothes at work. Making a hoodie chic. Yes! I’m really onto something here. Yoga pants at work. Heels. This is it. I’m going to get a fashion award for sure. Hmm what will I wear to the award ceremony? I love Marchesa. I hope I get to meet them one day. Oh my. Hmm yoga chic with heels is a no go. This is a disaster. Ugh. Oh no, I’m behind schedule now. Ugh. Can’t think of anything. Have no clothes. Lost my creative spirit. Shoot. Deep breath. Self, you can do this. …Black skinny dress pants. Button down. Heels. Breathe.
Seriously, the only way to avoid the clothing morning circus is to lay my clothes out the night before, preschool and kindergarten style. Sometimes, we get it right the first time (i.e. the night before), sometimes, we try, try again. This is my try, try again outfit.
Top: Burberry (gift)
Pants: Banana Republic ($20 marked down from approx $90)
Shoes: Lula Townsend at DSW ($12 marked down from $79)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) One of the most frequent questions I get is in regards to time. Getting dressed does not have to be time consuming, but I do think you have to find a rhythm for what works best for you. My sister and I spent some time over the weekend putting looks together and then photographing them for early morning reference throughout the week, if needed. Apparently our brains function the same in relation to clothes in the morning. Personally, I lay out my clothes the night before and then try them on if I’m not sure if something will work. I know many people also use apps for creating their own look book. These are all great strategies to avoid the morning circus, unless that’s when you’re at your clothing best, unlike me!
2) In the event that I did not prepare the night before, I like to rely on my “fail safe” pieces that include a pair of black skinny dress pants, a pair of black heels, and a black sheath dress. For some reason, I tend to get over complicated when I can’t come up with something and have to remind myself to keep it simple. Pants. Top. Shoes. Easy peasy. If you don’t have these pieces already identified for yourself, it may be worthwhile to pick them out and have them ready, if needed. When in doubt, keep it simple and well tailored.
Anyone else have tips for quick outfit planning? Use any apps?
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