I was never ever a fashionista. Not when I was younger, definitely not now that I am older.
When I was younger, I followed trends or what my friends were wearing. When I started my career, I followed what everyone else was wearing in the office or other professionals working downtown. Now that I am older, has worked professionally for a long time, and become a mom, I think I finally figured out what works for me.
Having a streamlined wardrobe allows me to always have something to wear that looks good, that I feel good in, and can get dressed quickly (because my kid makes me late all the time.) Here is how you can create your own streamlined wardrobe:
FIGURE OUT YOUR WARDROBE CATEGORIES
For me, I only have three categories: Work wear, weekend wear, and home wear. Notice I don’t have fancy outfits?! It is because it doesn’t usually happen and when it does, I will either mix and match something appropriate or go out to buy a new outfit for the event, like a wedding. Fancy events doesn’t occur a lot for me so it doesn’t make sense to have its own category in my closet.
FIGURE OUT WHAT YOUR TYPICAL OUTFIT IN EACH CATEGORY
I have a very conservative professional job so for work wear, I am usually in a one piece dress, cardigan/blazer, and black tights. Weekend wear is usually jeggings with some sort of top that I don’t care about rolling around on the floor with my kid in gymnastics in. If I go out with friends, I will switch out a more delicate top. Home wear used to be downgraded weekend wear but I have since started buying clothes for this category because you shouldn’t look like crap when the UPS guy rings the doorbell on a random day. Usually black yoga pants and a sweat shirt or hoodie.
SEPARATE CLOTHES IN EACH CATEOGORY
I don’t separate them with like items because then you will have to go through everything each time you need an outfit. For my workwear, I have all the dresses together and the cardigans/blazers beside them. The only decisions I have to make in the morning is which dress and which cardigan. Most of them will match each other because they are in the same color family.
CHOSE YOUR BEST OF THE BEST
Pull all your black pants out and chose your favorite one or two. You likely only need one or two and likely always go back to these. The less choice you have, the less clutter, and faster you can pick an outfit out.
YOUR GO-TO FEEL GREAT OUTFIT
Put together one or two go-to outfits in each category that you feel great in. When you have a mind block in the morning, no worries, you have a complete outfit you know you will look great in and feel great in!
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