Do you often find yourself standing in your pjs staring blankly into your closet, trying to figure out “What am I going to wear today?”. Ugh. If so, these next eight tips are going to help you get beyond this- and for those others, you may just learn a new thing or two.
Saskia’s Tips for Stressless Work Mornings
1- Know your style and stick to it
We’ve all tried a few ‘out-there’ items and they still may or may not be lingering in the backs of our closets. My advice is to buy things that excite you! Not what the magazines tell you. Not what your friends say is fabulous. When you look at something you’ll know if you love it. Wear things that make you happy and confident. Anything that performs less is just not worth it (or taking that much in demand closet space of yours) and can be sent away courtesy of a donation bag. I always tell myself if something does not make me happy then I’m pretty sure that it will make somebody else happier. So off it goes!
2- Get to know your body
There are a million different sites that will tell you what body shape you have (Apple, hourglass, pear, ruler, etc.) and what types of clothes will best suit you. If you’re not sure- email me a picture and I will help you!
3- The classics
What are these? They are the brilliant staples of your closet that you will hold onto for a good time. These are always worth spending a bit more money on. Classic items like such are: White shirts (they go with everything- à la Sharon Stone at the Oscars circa the nineties, timeless) straight jeans, camel coat, black ballet flats, black handbag. And I can go on. A fantastic book that I tell everybody to read is Nina Garcia’s The One Hundred. It’s the bible of all classics that you should own. Trust me, 100 sounds like a lot but I would wager a bet that your wardrobe consists of more than 100 items that are probably not all being used right now.
4- Great fit
This goes back to knowing your body a bit. But your clothes no matter how little or how much money you spend on them they will not look great unless, they fit you perfectly. What is perfect? Not too tight, now too big, just right. For example, shirts, should not gape between the buttons and should not be tight in the back if you hug yourself. I found this great article that goes into further detail about garment fit.
I have an inspiration board (a physical one) in my closet. They are cutouts of all great outfits that I fell in love with and recreate for myself. I also use Pinterest to find ‘looks I love’ for when I am at a need for some fresh ideas.
Looks found on: lacooletchic.tumblr.com, outfitidentifier.com, theyallhateus.com
6- Clean out and organize your closet
The general rule is that if you haven’t worn it in a year (minus party dresses) then it’s time to purge it. Anything worn out, ill fitting (see above) is worthy of a new home. Once you’ve cleaned out your closet, it’s time to reorg. Personally I like to have everything separated (skirts, pants, blouses, etc) to organize my items, they are then organized by color and in that color row is organized by length (this mostly applies to blouses). This will take some time at first but honestly it will help you in the long run. I can put an outfit together in five minutes flat. If you can, store all of your more casual clothes or off-season items in another closet so you can avoid having to see them and jeopardize your thought process in the morning. You want to see only items that are workable.
7- Have a few go to outfits
If all else fails its always a good plan to have a few outfits that you love and make you feel awesome. Store these ideas on an inspiration board, on your phone, whatever works for you.
8- Plan ahead
If mornings are a complete loss for you (ahem, you prefer sleeping as long as possible and who doesn’t) then planning your outfit the night before might be your best bet. Personally I like to chose my outfit in the morning based on how I am feeling/weather/what I will be doing that day. But I have another friend who lays out their outfit every single night.
P.S. This is my 50th post! Thank you for all of your kind and loyal support.
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