Outfit Planning

by - Monday, September 16, 2013

How To Plan Weekly Outfits

By nature, I am not a morning person. Half of the battle is getting out from my cozy blankets, especially on rainy mornings. Because I know most mornings I don’t wake up to the cheerful chirping of birds a la Disney as rays of sunshine gently tickle me awake, I try to prep as much as possible the night before. Mornings always go much more smoothly when I do this and if I know I have my tote ready to go by the door, I don’t feel too guilty hitting the snooze button once…or twice.

My outfit is always the trickiest part of my morning prep. Full disclosure, I am an outfit repeater but I like to try to switch up my top & bottom combinations or add different jewelry to breathe life into those tried & true ensembles. But how do you prevent those frantic morning scrambles in the closet when you panic and think “I have nothing to wear!!” Trust me, you do. Deep breaths.

Create A Calendar: I love my Wunderlist app on my iPhone for creating lists, I keep a list titled “Weekly Outfits.” On Sunday night as you catch up on Netflix, check out your weekly map. Are you going to a happy hour on Thursday? Is Friday date night? Oh look, you have a big meeting at work on Tuesday that you’ll need to wear a pantsuit (shudder) to. Note the events you have going on that week and determine what kinds of dress they dictate: business, business casual, romantic, etc.

Lay It Out: Now that you know how your week is shaping up, go to your closet. Pull the pantsuit (again, shudder) out of your closet for that important meeting and for happy hour, maybe you want to wear the simple shift that can go from work to evening. Grab the wedges to go with the shift but don’t forget the sandals for the happy hour. I lay my ensembles out on my bed one by one to see if the pieces actually look good together. Once they get final approval I…

Put Them Up Front: I hang that week’s outfits at the front of my closet for easy access in the morning.

Of course, there are Tuesday mornings when I put on my outfit only to realize I’m really in the mood to wear my Thursday outfit and vice versa. Or maybe it’s started to rain so I want to pair my pink wellies with my outfit so I have to do a little switching. And there’s always the morning when a button falls off your oxford. But good news: when these emergencies happen, you have another outfit all ready to go!

Do you plan your outfits ahead of time? Or are you a morning fashionista?

Written by Lauren from DC Girl in Pearls

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  1. I try to plan my outfits, but I love the idea of making sure you know what you're wearing at night, as opposed to just school or work!


  2. I don't usually plan my outfits ahead of time, but with the new quarter starting and an 8AM class ahead of me, I just downloaded Wunderlist! Outfit planning, here I come!

    Caryn Elizabeth


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