When you are getting ready to go, does it feel like it takes you forever to get dressed? Do you struggle to make it out the door because you take up too
much time getting dressed?
"My Wardrobe is full of clothes but I have nothing to wear!"
This was my constant struggle every morning or before getting dressed up to go out. Instead of being excited, I was fed up of dreading about getting dressed for the day.
Like you I too am a working women/ working mom and at any given point I have a zillion things to do. Spending time on myself is a luxury that I don't have time for anymore.
After a long time of feeling this way, I decided something needed to be done about this. This process needed to be looked into and improved. So I researched, experimented and improvised the experience.
Read my tips, advice and observation in the link above and let me know your thoughts. Add to the tips and advice in the comments section below.
Let’s face it you simply do not have time to waste on getting ready for hours. Like many women, I often somehow end up feeling like I have a closet full of clothes and “nothing to wear”. Being stumped on what to put on your back in the morning (especially when you’re flying out the door to work or another important engagement), can be a really stressful start to your day.
Try this quick outfit formula and tips for getting ready in 5 minutes flat!
The best part about this look is that many women already have these key pieces in their wardrobe (and if you don’t, it is so worth it to invest in them).
1. A few dressy dresses
2. Blue denims
3. White boyfriend tee
4. Dressy black pants
5. Loafers, nude sandals, black pair of comfy shoes
If you have these items you can whip up a cool outfit in literally 5 minutes!
I think I dress reasonably well. (lol, We should really get my friend to confirm or discredit this claim.) And I actually enjoy getting dressed every morning now.
It’s a happy few moments of my day.
For me getting dressed in a unique fashion is about combining a bold color with a more neutral piece of clothing to create a unique yet stylish look.
I usually also do a statement dressy dress with nude shoes and voila I am ready in seconds. Literally seconds, I actually get dressed before my husband and wait on him ;)
Try the look below, All I did here was combine a statement dress with nude comfy 1inch heels, sunglasses and a bold lip color. Thats all! It took me 2 minutes to get ready.
The reason for getting dressed in "two wags of a dog's tail", I think, is because what I own makes it easy for me do so.
I don’t need more than a few minutes to put an outfit together, so I never have that frustrated clothes-all-over-the-bed feeling I remember having as a teenager. (Maybe that’s also because I’m not exactly 16 anymore…)
The Problem with Getting Dressed
Here’s what I would go through several mornings a couple of years ago: You find a top you want to wear. Then, you can’t find the pants you are wanting to wear with it or none of your clothes are ironed, because you have so many clothes in your closet. So, you grab anything you see and put it on. Then that outfit doesn’t look good and you end up looking not super happy or confident. But, you wear it anyway because you’ve got to leave in 5 minutes. Then, you’ve got to pick out your shoes and accessories.
You spend even longer picking out your shoes and accessories.
I’m about to give you 9 tips to help you get dressed in 5 minutes, every day…
1. Always shop clothes in outfits or pair your current clothes in an outfit form
This is an incredible way of thinking when you shop or look at your wardrobe.
I always make sure that when I shop I am thinking about the entire outfit and not just a single piece of clothing. This kind of thinking process is a game changer. When I buy a quirky bohemian jacket, I plan to wear it with a classy white T and sexy denims to look uber amazing. Think about your looks like this. Go to your wardrobe and start pairing your clothes and make 5-7 different outfits. This would immensely help you plan your wardrobe. It may take time once but in the long run you are setting yourself up with "Dressing Up in minutes" Success.
You can pick 3 different pair of pants, then combine them each with 2 different tops and voila you have 6 outfits ready for your week! Wasn't that quick? Add 3 pair of neutral shoes matching either your pants or your tops and its a no brainer after that. Alway match your shoes with bag for an extra style oomph factor.
2. Select Your Outfit The Night Before
By already picking out your clothes, shoes and accessories the night before, it will be ready for you the next morning when you get dressed. Keep your clothes on the hangers and place the hangers on a doorknob, hang them on your ironing board or on a hook on a door. It will keep your clothes wrinkle-free, while keeping them out and ready for you to grab and put on. Keep your shoes in front of your closet within an arms reach. Set your accessories on top of your jewelry box, on your dresser or by the door on your way out.
I follow this almost religiously! It makes mornings so much easier and helps me visualize how I want to do my makeup to coordinate with my outfit. For days when I’m not able to plan out my outfit ahead of time, I like to have a few easy to throw on dresses like the one below…this kind don’t need ironing and are in beautiful colors for mixing and matching other pieces so I still look put together.
3. Have A Capsule Wardrobe
Having a capsule wardrobe will simplify your life! It helped simplify mine…and save money too! Life can be stressful enough at times. By having a simple wardrobe with pieces that coordinate well with one another, you will have one less thing to worry about. I never knew my closet was causing me stress until I started my own capsule wardrobe. Now, my closet is neat, I can find my clothes and shoes instantly and everything coordinates with one another. Also, rely on wardrobe essentials combined with amazing key, one of a kind pieces, clothes that are classics and quirky that never go out of style. If you use essentials in your wardrobe, you’ll save money by not having to buy clothes over and over. And having key statement clothes will help you convey your style without looking like a plain black, white, grey old lady.
Example of wardrobe essentials are: a white shirt, black pencil skirt, striped top, a pair of great-fitting jeans, a neutral-colored sweater, black or gray pants, chambray shirt, a white tee, black blazer or a cardigan. Make sure you shop these wardrobe essentials in good quality.
Also, Own only what you really wear.
When decluttering your closet, one trick is turning the hanger around on any items you’re undecided about. If you haven’t worn it in a year, send it on its way.
Above I have combined a neutral black shorts with ombre top and one of a kind jacket to look stylish.
4. Use An Outfit Ideas Visual Guide
Do you use outfit ideas to help you get dressed? I’ve found many outfit ideas on Pinterest. Refer to our amazing Pinterest visual guide for amazing outfit ideas. If you use one (or more) of my seasonal capsule wardrobe e-books, each e-book has a complete Outfit Ideas Visual Guide. The visual guides coordinate the clothes and shoes to create dozens of outfit ideas. I just place the Outfit Ideas Visual Guide by my closet and select my outfit for the day. How easy is that?!
5. Get a good quality Neutral-Colored Handbag, and shoes
By having a neutral-colored handbag and shoes, eliminate the need to swap handbags and shoes everyday. You will save about 5 minutes by not having to swap handbags and shoes. Tan,Nude, beige, grey, Taupe and black are excellent color choices that go with everything. If you wear a lot of warm colors, a brown bag and shoe would look great.
6. Pre-Iron or steam Your Clothes
If you wear clothes made of cotton, they look better when they are ironed. When you do laundry, you can iron your clothes then. If you dread the ironing process, opt to iron or easier "steam" those pieces that need it when you are selecting your outfit the night before. Pre-ironing your clothes prior to getting ready will make the morning go more smoothly.
7. Lip color is an accessory.
This is one I’ve always lived by. Lipstick is small and easy to store, and if you have a few well-selected colors, they can take any easy outfit to the next level.
8. Bold jewelry always makes a statement
If like me you love a nice chunky necklace or turquoise rings or earrings, then don't be vary of wearing them. You can always do a statement jewelry piece with a more neutral outfit for an understated glamor. Jewelry can actually make 1 outfit into 3-4 outfits by adding a piece of jewelry and wearing the same outfit next week or the week after. A good way to make your life easy is to put your accessories in transparent zip bags and hanging them with the respective outfit.
9. Plan your weekly outfits and organize them on Sunday's if possible
For working women who have to rush out to work every morning this can be very helpful. Plan 6 outfits on Sunday and iron and organize them accordingly. This will make getting dressed super easy.
What tips do you have to help you get dressed quickly? I would love to answer any questions you may have as well!
Sandhya Gargis aProject Runway fashion designer. She studied and specialized in women's fashion at London College of Fashion, UK and has worked at Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Liberty London, Alice Temperley to name a few. She has her own successful resort wear, vacation dresses, special occasion dresses, wedding guest looks, swim coverups label. While on Project Runway Season 13, she won 2 challenges and was fortunate to show her collection at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. The brand has been featured in Marie Claire US,Workshop at Macy's, Ftv.com, Elle Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Vogue online to name a few.
She designs limited edition high end printed spring dresses, wearable art clothing, casual resort attire and swim coverups. Beautiful prints are inspired from around the world to be worn during travel, resort stay or cruise holidays.