If you've ever asked yourself the question, "What am I going to wear today?" as you stood in front of your closet in the nude, go ahead and wave the white flag (and grab a robe) because I'm here to rescue you!
Last night I went live on Instagram and shared my tips for planning outfits for the week. If you caught it, thank you for tuning in! If you missed it, you can catch the replay here. If you're late to the party, missed the live, or forgot to take notes I created this post as a reference because I want you to have a stress free life. Well...at least with your outfit planning. I think it's important to plan ahead and be prepared so you can look your best. Do I always do it? No, but one thing I learned is that if you keep at least 3-4 outfits handy and you wake up on those "I snoozed too many times and I'm running late wtf am I gonna wear" days, life will be much easier if you have a few grab-n-go options.
Tip #1: Plan according to the weather.
Right not the weather is flaky. It's Sprinter. Spring with a hint of winter. Actually, more like winter with a hint of spring every now and then. Here in Florida it's cool in the morning, hot in the afternoon, and it might rain in the evening making it cold. How do you prepare for this? Wear a light sweater with pants or a skirt. If it's cold (real winter temps) add a coat and tights. Also, wear weather appropriate shoes. (Closed-toe, leather, patent leather, waterproof, etc.)
Tip #2: Plan according to comfortability.
Some days you want to be extra with your look, some days you want to get away with wearing sweats and a tee. Comfort plays a big part in how I plan my looks because most days I want to wear sweats, a tee, AND a bonnet. If you sit down at work all day don't stuff yourself in an uncomfortable dress. If you're on your feet all day don't wear those cute but deadly heels. If you have a long commute to and from work, be prepared for emergencies (weather change, spills during lunch, etc.) by packing a change of clothes/shoes.
Tip #3: Plan according to your schedule.
If you're a busy bee and have appointments or events scheduled before or after work, it's best to plan ahead for these days. If a change of clothes is necessary grab a tote and pack it at least one night before. If it's not that deep, try to keep extra items to a minimum. For example, you can wear a shift dress with loafers during the day and add a blazer and heels for an event in the evening. Swap your work tote and stud earrings for a dressy cross body bag and statement earrings to amp up your evening look.
Foolproof Items to Add as You Plan:
-One All Black Outfit for that blah day (You'll look pulled together and slimmer.)
-One Pair of Pants (Black slacks will work but choose a color or simple print like pinstripes.)
-One Statement Outfit to have fun with and spruce up your week. Think mixing prints or bold colors. (I like save this outfit for Hump Day to get me through the week.)
-One Skirt (If you don't like to wear skirts often pull and extra pair of pants.)
-One Dress (short, midi, or maxi)
-One Suit (If you're in a corporate setting or may have a presentation. Have two different style tops to have options handy. You can also wear suit separates to mix and match with the tops.)
-One Pair of Jeans and a nice top (blouse or t-shirt) for a casual day.
Remember that outfit inspiration can come from anywhere. Magazines, Pinterest, or a quick Google search.
Bonus Tip: I usually hang my outfits on a clothing rack outside of my closet so that they are easily accessible but if you don't have one or don't want to buy one, try these hacks:
-Hang items on your closet door
-Hang items on a clothing hook on the back of your door.
-Hang outfits in the front of your closet where they are easily accessible.
Having an idea of what you want to wear in advance, even if it's not planned for a specific day, will save you time and effort during the week. You might even be able to snooze five times instead of four. I like to start planning on Sundays but like I shared in my live video that doesn't always happen so do what you can. Even if you grab 2-3 outfits that will help. You can fill in more as the week progresses. Bonus points for adding outfits for the weekend if you already have brunch, church, or other activities on your schedule. If you try these outfit planning tips, let me know if they work for you!