Hello, friends! Do you put your pants on one leg at a time, like everybody else? Great, you’ve got the basics down, but what if you don’t know what pants to put on in the first place?!
We’ve all been there ladies (and maybe some of you gentlemen, too). You get up in the morning, look into your bursting closet, and say, “I’ve got nothing to wear!” Although that is probably untrue in the literal sense, it may feel like you have nothing to wear because you have no idea what’s actually in your closet or drawers and no idea how to put together the pieces that you do have.
So, let’s work out a system together for figuring out what the heck to wear:
- Pick your outfit out the night before. I will be the first to admit that I rarely pick out my clothes the night before, but when I do, it is a major time – and stress – saver! My mom, you know the fashionista you’ve seen on this blog before, actually picks out her outfits for the whole week on Sunday night. Now, that’s dedication! Picking out your clothes the night before definitely saves you from rummaging around in your closet in the morning and trying on every blouse and pant combo you own. It can help you streamline your morning routine because it means you have one less thing to think about. But what if you can’t figure out what to wear the night before? Here are some more helpful tips:
- Take environmental factors into consideration. I’m talking about the weather, folks. Depending on where you live, this can obviously vary greatly. Here in Southern California, the weather is temperate so I rarely have to worry about pairing a giant coat with my outfits, but it doesn’t matter where you live, dressing for the weather is simply a practical necessity. If the weather is changeable (like it typically is during spring, right now), I always recommend layers so that you can peel off or add to your outfit when the temperature drops or climbs. You may also want to consider the season, although I rarely do. It’s easy to change the accessories or outerwear to make any outfit season appropriate… minus the Santa sweater, of course. (I can still remember my sister getting so angry at me when I wanted to wear my favorite Santa sweatshirt to school every day one year in elementary school haha!)
- What are you dressing for? This one, for me, can often be the trickiest because I do so many different things with my days and I often need to look presentable, but still be able to run around chasing after little ones or work in very different environments (like an alligator cage). My jobs are all largely casual so luckily I don’t have to maintain much in the way of a professional wardrobe, but a key factor in figuring out what to wear is considering where you’re going to wear this outfit. A suit is totally appropriate for a business meeting while a casual sundress is perfect for the beach, but you definitely couldn’t swap ensembles. The same could be said when dressing for a date night versus heading to the gym, unless you’re going on a romantic hike with your significant other, in which case, you definitely want to wear your cutest workout clothes! ;)
- Look for inspiration. Duh. As a life and style blogger, my absolute favorite thing to hear from friends and readers is that I’ve inspired them with something I’ve worn or made on my blog. Because I don’t go to work at your typical office every day, I often feel like I have no one to dress for or to see my cute outfits, which is part of the reason I started this blog in the first place – to show off! Okay, maybe not to show off exactly, but at least so I can say, “Hey, look at this cute outfit I wore!” And there are TONS of bloggers just like me, dying to share their favorite looks, so go check them out and get inspired! There are a million resources out there, including Pinterest and magazines, but the key to making something work for you is to not just copy a look you see, but find a way to incorporate it into your style and make it your own. Be brave, try something new!
- CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET! Okay, this one is probably the most important step and should probably be first, but let’s face it, cleaning out your closet can be a major chore. That being said, it is a necessary evil. I’d be willing to bet that the number one cause of “I have nothing to wear” Syndrome is a messy, unorganized, over-flowing and/or neglected wardrobe. How can you possibly get dressed every morning when you have no idea what you even own? My guess is you end up wearing the same few outfits over and over again. Sorry, sister, that isn’t going to cut it. Clear out the clutter! It’s time to get fierce and toss out every old piece of clothing that is out of style and that you never wear. If you aren’t any good at getting rid of stuff, invite over your most ruthless friend and give her (or him) free reign. Don’t worry, in the end it will feel so much better to be rid of all that excess baggage, and you can feel even better by selling some of your nicer stuff to a consignment shop and making a little extra cash, or donating all your old trash to a thrift store where someone else will turn it into their personal treasure. It may take a whole day, or several days, but you can do it, I believe in you!
I could probably do a whole post on each of the steps in this one post, particularly the last one, but I thought I’d ease into it with something a little more basic. Do you have a system for figuring out what to wear? Be honest, is your closet a hot mess or are you pretty good about keeping things organized??
As always, thanks for reading! – Kristi :)
PS. Got something on your mind that you could really use some help with? Ask away, I might be able to help! I’m always open to suggestions for topics to cover in my “How To” series.