How to Plan Your Outfits Ahead of Time in 5 Minutes or Less

Planning your outfit ahead of time will save you time and keep you from making poor style choices. Scrambling in the morning can ruin your entire day and start you off on the wrong foot. After hitting snooze five times and finally rolling out of bed, you are far from being awake. You choose a random outfit just because you need something to put on your body. A stylish outfit is the last thing on your mind. By the time you get to work, you take the time to drink your coffee and eat a bagel. Finally, you’re fully awake and begin to wonder what you were thinking when you paired this top with these pants because you did not plan your outfit.

Does this sound familiar? A little bit of outfit prep would have prevented the frustration of trying to choose clothes to wear in the morning and the regret each evening when you hate what you wore all day.

What you wear says something about you. By throwing something on with little thought or effort, you are giving the impression that you simply don’t care. Is that how you want to come across to your colleagues, your friends, or even your new date? No. Take the time to put in a little effort.

When there is a big event coming up like your birthday or a first date, you always put effort into planning an amazing ensemble to wear. Choosing the perfect outfit for the occasion makes you feel empowered and confident. Why shouldn’t you feel this way every single day? Make every day feel like an event and be confident no matter what you’re wearing.

Are you convinced yet? All you have to do is set aside 5 minutes every night to plan your outfit for the day ahead.

Committing and forming a habit can be hard to do. It is like trying to exercise or fix your finances at night after work. You’ve been promising yourself to get it done for weeks now, but you still haven’t done it. Often times, you develop a habit, but the stresses of everyday life have gotten in the way. Let’s face it, we all have busy lives with so much going on. It’s easy to lose track of time and fall back on the promises you make to yourself, but don’t let planning your outfit be one of those things. Rolling out of bed and leaving for the day, simply isn’t going to cut it anymore. Instead, take the time to plan and reap the benefits.

More time. Less stress. More stylish.

Here are 10 steps you can follow to plan your outfit ahead of time:

  1. Get a full-length mirror

This seems like an obvious point but if you don’t have a way to see the complete outfit from your head to your cute shoes, you won’t be able to get an accurate idea of what you actually look like.

  1. Thoroughly check the weather

Check the forecast for the entire day and plan accordingly. The weather has a big impact on your outfit. It determines whether or not your will need to layer your outfit to stay cozy during a chilly morning and cool enough during a warm afternoon. It helps you know if you should wear cute little flats or if they are going to fill up with water each time you step in a rain puddle.

  1. Check your calendar

Find out what is going on that will affect what your outfit choice. Are there any big meetings scheduled at work? Are you going out to dinner right after work? These events can easily influence what you choose to wear.

  1. Make sure the laundry is done

Make sure you have everything washed for the week ahead. There is nothing worse than having a great look in mind, only to find that is has a week-old stain on it.

  1. Pick out the base pieces of your outfit

Choose a pair of pants and a top. Consider a cute dress. Opt for a skirt and blouse. This is the foundation for the outfit and the main pieces of the puzzle. Once this part is selected, the rest will fall into place.

  1. Add finishing touches to your outfit.

This includes your jewelry, accessories, shoes, jackets/cardigans and under garments. The simple choices can make or break an outfit and create a complete look. These are often overlooked when you are in a hurry to get ready. When you have the time, use it.

  1. Steam or iron

This is another area that is often overlooked in the mornings when you are running short on time. Simply taking the time to iron makes your outfit much more polished.

  1. Evaluate

Once all of the outfit components have been chosen, you need to look over it carefully. Hang the garments on the closet door and give it a second once over to be sure that it all looks great together.

  1. Make adjustments and changes

If necessary, swap out different pieces. If something is not working with the ensemble, this is your chance to change it.

  1. Repeat

Use these steps again and again each day to plan for the next. If you’re worried about having too little time on weeknights, use this guide to pick out all five outfits to last you through the entire work week.

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Other tips to keep in mind when choosing clothing for the week ahead:

  1. Space out similar pieces throughout the week.

  2. Choose pieces that can your outfit from night to day.

  3. Wear sets together and also wear the pieces separate.

  4. Add variety throughout the week; one dress, one skirt, one pair of pants.

The days of making stressed-out, last minute outfit decisions on late mornings are now a thing of the past. Go ahead and set your alarm a little later!

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