Have you been wondering how to save time while getting dressed? Do you spend hours on end changing from one outfit into the other, unable to make a decision? Choosing your outfit the night before takes the pressure off of you. You’ll have time to browse your closet, try things on, and settle on an outfit without the urgency of needing to make a choice ASAP. Here are a few other means on how to save time while getting dressed:
Develop A Personal Signature Look.
This may sound boring, but it can be freeing (and not nearly as restricting as it sounds) as an adult. Having a particular look that suits your personality makes choosing what to wear a little easier.
A uniform can be any combination of clothes that you have multiples of and that you look and feel great in. Here are some ideas:
- Jeans and t-shirt
- Slacks, heels, sleeveless blouse
- Dress and sweater
- Maxi dress and blazer
- Skirt and tank top
If you can’t stand the thought of a uniform, think of it as a signature look. Knowing what you look good in and using it to your advantage will save time getting dressed in the morning. (And get you noticed!)
So many women think dresses are a hassle. We think jeans or sweats are the ultimate in comfort and convenience.
But dresses are a busy girl’s secret weapon and an awesome wardrobe hack. Here’s why.
- Instant outfit. No searching for a top and bottom that you look and feel great in, throw in a dress and you’re basically done.
- Lighten the laundry load. You’ll have less laundry to do at the end of the week, since a dress is a single article of clothing.
- They don’t need much help to look polished. Most dresses are probably fine with minimal accessories, so you won’t need to waste time trying to dress them up.
Stock Up On Neutral Accessories.
Create a collection of neutral accessories that goes with everything. As a result, decision making will be easy when you DO need an accessory to complement an outfit. (Or just a belt to hold your pants up!)
You might consider having sets of accessories in these colors, because everything in your closet will match with at least 1 of them:
- Warm metallic (Such as gold, rose gold, or copper.)
- Navy (Not necessary for everyone)
Although the days of matchy-matchy accessories are (Thankfully) long gone, you might want to consider having the following in each of the colors above:
- Coat, jacket, or sweater
As a result, it’s a breeze to quickly mix and match accessories, because you know you have something in each category that looks good with whatever outfit you have on.
Buy Multiples Of Your Favorite.
If you find something you love (Jeans, a cut of shirt, etc), buy more than 1 of the item. As a result, you’ll avoid wasting time in the morning trying on items that you don’t feel good in.
Get Rid Of Clothes You Don’t Love.
Sifting through clothes you don’t love to figure out what to wear is probably one of the biggest wardrobe challenge(s). As a result, removing clothes you don’t look or feel great in will save time when you’re getting ready in the morning.
Return newly purchased or ordered items that don’t look and feel great when you put them on. You can also go through your closet and weed out clothes you no longer enjoy. By doing so, you’ll be left with a closet full of clothes you love. It’s so much easier to decide what to wear when you like 100% sure of your options.
Create An Outfit Photo Library.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could have a library of cute outfits to draw from when you don’t know what to wear?
You can make your own visual library of outfits using the clothes you have. It’s almost like browsing a magazine or fashion site, but you already own everything in the photos!
How to create an outfit photo library:
- Have a shoot with your clothes
- Take pictures of your favorite outfits.
- Keep the pics on your phone, or upload them to a photo service like google or iCloud for example
- Organize the photos in folders based on style or occasion – for example: work, weekend, dressy, polished casual
When you have no clue what to wear, scroll through your photos for inspiration. Your days of scrambling for something to wear are gone.
Identify Go-To Outfits To Fit Specific Needs.
Having go-to outfits to achieve specific goals is pretty genius. It’s an instant solution when you’re in a fix, and a great answer to the question of how to save time getting dressed.
Here are a few occasions that might call for a designated ensemble:
- Feeling bloated (As above)
- Didn’t have time to shave your legs
- Sick but can’t skip work
- Want to be comfortable but look professional
- Tired but need to look put-together
- Running late for work
- Need to impress a boss, client, or other professional connection
- Date night
- Girls’ night
- Church events
- Community or school events
- Charity galas
- Events with an unclear dress code
Take pictures of these outfits, and add them to your photo library. Then, rename the file to match the occasion. You’ll never wonder how to save time while getting dressed again.