Sadly, we don’t all have a stylist on speed dial that we can call at a moment’s notice to sort out the ultimate clothing dilemma, ‘what to wear?’. Funnily (or rather, not so funnily) time is never on our side either- who hasn’t had a crying fit in the wardrobe first thing? So, to help you plan your outfit(s), we’ve pieced together a guide to help you piece together an outfit in no time nothing.
Create a go-to guide
Spend some time piecing together some failsafe outfits that you can go-to at a moment’s notice. Take a snap of yourself in the mirror (or get someone to take the photo for you) and keep it on your phone for when you need it. Alternatively, print the picture out and stick it on the inside door to your wardrobe.
We’d recommend piecing together the following outfits: meeting with clients, something for an interview, smart/casual and out-out outfit (you can never go wrong with an LBD!).
Having a few failsafe outfits will ensure that you always have something to wear that’ll give you confidence in the outfit for the occasion.
Reorganise your closet
Get everything out of the wardrobe and re-organise your closet. A tactic that is worth doing bi-annually when you swap out your winter and summer wardrobe and vice versa.
You’ll likely have already broken down your clothes into dresses, jacket, jumpers, trousers etc. but you can group these categories in other ways.
For example, you could keep all of your dressy dresses together, your summer dresses in another section etc. categorise your t-shirts into work appropriate and those that are more casual. Clothes that are only suitable to wear around the house etc.
Another way to further organise your wardrobe is then organising by colour. This categorisation helps you to go by mood too!
Much like creating a go-to outfit, you can also coordinate your wardrobe in this way. You could have certain suits/outfits hung together to make it really easy for you to pull something together at a moments notice.
Prepare in advance
The best failsafe tactic is to plan your outfit the day before or a few months in advance.
If you have a particular meeting or event happening at work that you need to dress to impress, it always helps to plan your outfit the night before. This will save any last-minute fluster and panic in the mornings and help to you to remain cool and collected.
For any important social event, plan a few months in advance. When you’ve got the date of the event in hand (be it a friend’s wedding or upcoming holiday), schedule a time, a few months before, to go shopping if you need to. This will ensure you find something in season, on trend and that you’ll feel confident and happy in. It always helps to have a back-up in case you change your mind or because the weather is disagreeable- it does happen. This will ensue that there is no last-minute panic and no unnecessary expense too.
Do you have any tactics you use to pull an outfit together quickly? If so, we’d love to hear them! Share your tips below!