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Tips for dressing in the morning when you’re short on time

Tips for dressing in the morning when you’re short on time

Let’s face it, most of us are time poor – whether you’re working a 12-hour a day job or a mum, there are just some days where there are not enough hours in a day to get things done, including getting enough sleep! However, one area of our daily lives that we can work on reducing the time we spend doing is getting ready in the morning. How many times have you stood in front of our closets, staring at our clothes, trying to decide what to wear? A few times a week? Every day? Today’s blog post will give you some tips on how you can cut down on the time to get dressed in the morning (which might help give you a little bit of a sleep in!).

 

1. Get your basics sorted.

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By basics we mean the building blocks of your daily outfits. If you work in a corporate environment, this will often mean a suit – so a blazer with matching pants and/or skirt. You could then add another bottom in another neutral colour to alternate with your other basic pieces, and add a pair of pumps. With these basic blocks you can then build a multitude of outfits for the week by simply changing tops.

If you work in a more casual environment (or even if you work from home), the basic building blocks might mean a pair of jeans – again, you might want to have a couple of pairs, or a pair of pants or a skirt on rotation for the week – and then just change the tops.

2. Have a “uniform”.

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Extending on the basic building blocks tip mentioned above, you could also consider wearing a “uniform”, or basically the same or similar type of outfit every day. Numerous articles talk about how the most successful people are that way because they spend more time on their ideas than what they’re wearing – think Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, who are seen in pretty much the same look every time. You could do something similar simply by wearing black pants every day, just wearing a different blouse.

Worried that people might judge you for wearing the same “uniform” during the week? Tell them about Karl Stefanovic.

 

3. Plan your outfits the night before.

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Or even better, plan them the Sunday night before the working week. This will give you a bit more time to choose coordinates with your building blocks, or put together whole outfits (including accessories and shoes) – just set aside one part of your wardrobe for the outfits you have planned. If you have enough room in your bedroom, invest in a clothing rack that is specifically for the clothes that you’ve planned – this makes sure you’re focused on what you’ve already planned, rather than be tempted to look at the other clothes in your wardrobe to see what else you could wear.

4. Use an app

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There are some great apps that not only allow you to take an inventory of your wardrobe so you know exactly what you have, but also help you plan your outfits. Closet+ and Closet Space are great apps that do both, even putting your planned outfits into a calendar so you know exactly what to wear on what day. They’re also extremely useful when you’re out shopping to help you become a more intentional and savvy shopper – when you find something that you like, you can quickly scroll through the inventory you’ve entered in the app. If you think you can wear the item with more than 3 items in more than 3 ways, then it’s worth buying. If not, leave it on the rack.

 

5. Consider a capsule wardrobe

We’ve talked about a capsule wardrobe on the blog before, but it’s basically having a pared-down closet with a set number of clothes that can be easily mixed and match to create multiple outfits. Consider having a seasonal capsule wardrobe, or even a complete capsule wardrobe for the whole year – it’s up to you. You can start by checking out Canna’s video on how to build a capsule wardrobe here.

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What are your tips for getting your outfits organized and saving time in the morning? We’d love to hear from you – leave a comment and let us know!

 


Eileen Sioson

About the author

Eileen is a blogger at 5feetofstyle.com, where you can find style inspiration, "how to wear" tips, and capsule wardrobe ideas. She is also a full-time mum of two, Food Network addict, and unabashed dog person.

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