Step away from the pile of dis-guarded clothes.
It’s a special kind of panic that washes over you the minute you realize you’re running super late and you’re still not happy with anything you’ve got in your closet.
I don’t know about you, but in that moment there is no way you could get me out the door in anything I’m not happy in just to be less late. I’m buckling down till I find something. The problem is, I’m so wrapped up in panic and frustration I can’t even think straight.
This scenario used to happen frequently for me – to the point where I would miss whole events because I couldn’t decide what to wear. But it hasn’t happened in a long, long time. Why? Because I came up with some tips to save myself from this highly frustrating situation…
Take some time to plan your outfits for the week. And maybe it’s not every.single.day, but at least think about any events you have coming up, and plan out what you’re going to wear. It can be as simple as when you’re getting dressed in the morning – thumb through your closet and look at pieces putting outfits together in your head for your next night out.
Some nights I’ll buckle down and plan/try on outfits for several events just to get it all knocked out. While doing this, if nothing seems to work and I’ve tried on tons of options, I’ll step away. Do something else for a while to get my mind off of it. Then I’ll ease myself back into the process by scrolling through Pinterest, then going back into my closet and picking up everything I pulled out and hanging it up.
I think that’s a big factor – you start to get frustrated and you pull everything out so it’s a disheveled mess. It’s hard to think in that environment and it’s hard to see your clothes full potential when they’re crumpled on the floor.
Step away, get reinspired, clean it up and…wha-la a great outfit is born. Works every time.
Don’t question what you’ve planned.
Every once in a while, I’ll question what I’ve put together and start to change it, tweak it or start over. But you know what I’ve learned? ONE HUNDRED percent of the time I go back to the original outfit.
Don’t question what you’ve planned. You really can’t trust early morning/overthinking you. Trust past you to have made the right outfit choice. *she whispers to herself.
Have a back up.
I always have a “last resort” outfit. This is an outfit that I’ve put together for the occasion that I’m not excited about, but it would work. It serves as a looming punishment if I don’t get myself together and start making some decisions on what I’m going to wear.
“Elizabeth, if you don’t figure it out in 15 minutes, you’re going to have to wear the over sized sweatshirt and shorts to the party.”
Okay, it’s not that much of a punishment. It IS great to have something on hand to throw on in the event you can’t find anything.
If you put these tips into action, I promise you’ll have fewer moments of “AH I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!”