Mornings can be tough. That bed just feels too good, so you hit the snooze button one more time!
Why do we do it to ourselves? Sometimes we mentally negotiate how much more sleep we can squeeze in before we rise.
Kids need to be dropped off at school, traffic needs to be beaten, and trains need to be caught, but we NEED five more minutes of shut eye.
If this is you in the morning then I bear you good tidings.
Go ahead and take those extra minutes to sleep.
That’s right indulge, because you can.
You can because you will spend less time getting dressed.
But only after you’ve implemented these five tips for getting dressed faster in the morning.
Tip #1 - Be Organized
First things first. You, your closet, and your clothes have to be organized. This means making sure that your clothes are folded or hung up properly so as not to cause wrinkles. (You don’t have time to iron!)
Next, organize your closet by clothing type and color.
Put all of your blouses together then arrange by color. The same with your pants, skirts, dresses, and sweaters. Color coordinating and classifying my closet changed everything about my morning routine.
Upon doing this you will know exactly where everything is and be able to choose your color blocks easily.
Tip #2 - Develop your personal style
The second tip is know your style type and develop your personal style. At some point you should take the time to identify your style type.
Are you a classic dresser? Do you like the preppy look? Is athletic wear your thing? What about patterns and prints, do they make you feel fabulous?
Read more about finding your style
Once you know your style type, nailing down your personal style is easy to do.
There are tons of articles and videos on how to do this so I won’t get into it here. But here is one of my favorites. It’s a video by fashion and style vlogger Naomi Boyer. Her channel is very informative and helpful. If you’re not subscribed you should be.
Knowing your personal style will make it easier to put together outfits quickly.
For example my personal style is smart casual, or as I was recently informed “urban preppy” (Let me know in the comments what you think about that term.)
This means I wear a lot of jeans or pants with button up tops and blazers or v-neck t-shirts and vests. I top off my outfits with loafers, oxfords or sneakers depending on my mood. Being armed with this knowledge cuts back on my decision making in the morning.
Tip #3 - Check the weather
Tip number three is an easy one.
Be sure to check the weather. Having this information at the outset of your morning is important. Now you don’t even have to stop doing whatever you’re doing to check the weather forecast. You can ask Alexa, or Ok Google or inquire with Siri. Either way the information is right on the tip of your tongue.
It may in fact be obvious why knowing the weather is important, but how does it help you get dressed faster?
Once again it shortens your decision making process. If the forecast is cold and windy then a sweater with a bottom may be in order.
If it’s going to rain then staying away from light colors may be wise. If it’s going to start out chilly but then warm up, then layering with a third piece makes sense. The weather forecast can also help you to determine appropriate footwear.
Tip #4 - Execution
My fourth tip is execution. Don’t dawdle.
Step up to the closet armed with all of your knowledge and pick your items. If you’re really short on time pick a one piece like a jumpsuit or a dress. This will be less items you have to pull from your wardrobe as well as less apparel you actually have to put on.
In the execution stage you shouldn’t be second guessing how something looks. Because you have already determined your personal style, and you know what looks good on you.
Use your “go to” pieces and ensembles. The execution stage is about getting dressed confidently knowing that you are prepared to take on your day.
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Tip #5 - Complete the Look
Lastly, complete your look. If this means doing your makeup, then I recommend you read my 5 minute makeup routine post. It will have you looking at your best and natural in exactly five minutes.
Read more: 5 minute no makeup makeup routine
Completing your look could mean styling your hair.
With your busy morning, this will mean applying a headband or headwrap, or placing your hair in a ponytail or messy bun. Basically, you do not want to ruin all of your hard, quick work by spending unending minutes in front of the mirror styling your hair or doing your makeup.
Another component of completing your look is choosing your shoes and accessories. We have already discussed when you should’ve planned your shoes, so really all that is left is accessories.
You can make quick work of your accessories by also keeping them organized. Just grab and go.
I prefer a jewelry organizer like this one. It’s great because it hangs in my closet and all of the pockets are transparent so I can easily see the location of my pieces. On the back I can hang my necklaces. Plus I like that it looks like a dress hanging on a dainty hanger. I have this exact one, as does my sister and we have for a number of years.
Have a Great Day!
By now you’ve glanced at the clock and realized that you’ve got to get out of the house. Your kids are waiting for you or you don’t want to be late. Leave knowing that you look great, well put together, and did it in all in ten minutes or less.
That's Cynthia's Mindset on How to Get Dressed Faster & Look Amazing.
Remember to have a live and learn mindset!
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