The whole getting dressed process is daunting, especially at 6 am, and if you're anything like me and hitting the snooze button 7,000 times before getting up, you know it's a race for time. As much as I love to put a look together, trying to do it every morning before heading into the office is nearly impossible, but with the right strategy-yes, strategy-you can do it. Here are seven tips for getting dressed in the morning and avoiding stress.
Know your schedule and the weather
If you're in the tri-state area, you know how uncertain the weather is, so before you prepare for your day, understand what's [really] going on with the weather. Also, know what's on your schedule; having this information will ensure you're comfortable, dressed for the occasion, and prepared for the day ahead.
Pick out your looks the night before
Being prepared is the key to success, and that doesn't change when it comes to getting dressed. I [always] encourage people to get their looks together the night before; this helps you avoid the burnout in the morning so you can devote it to spiritual, reading, or stillness time. In my past experience and as a suggestion from a former mentor, you can also try to get all of your looks together over the weekend. I've done this, and while it's not easy, it's doable if you know your schedule, the weather, and have the time.
Keep your accessories organized
It's now 6:45 am, and you're running out the door, but before you, you go to grab your favorite necklace, bracelet or ring, but to your dismay, everything is in one massive knot of silver and gold. Make sure this silent horror film never plays replays by keeping your accessories organized—particularly your necklaces and bracelets; keep them stored separately and individually. And if you have any precious gems, it's best to keep them stored in a place where they're easily accessible and safe.
Pack your work bag the night before
Whatever you might need for the day, pack it the night before; this will release the stress of forgetting something, so make sure your essentials are ready to go. Everything from your work computer and documents to your snack and gym clothes should be prepared for your day so you won't be running around throwing things together last-minute.
Create an outfit formula
I'm not a fan of uniforms, hence my dislike for wearing suits, but with the right formula, you can create a daily uniform that sparks creativity and variety.
Staple items like black and dark denim, white wovens, and solid sweaters can easily work into trendier pieces; this formula creates a solid foundation for you to layer and create new looks on a daily bases.
Keep your grooming routine simple
Mornings aren't the time for a 15-minute mask or steam shave, reserve these treatments for the evening. In the morning, keep your grooming routine simple—a good face wash, moisturizer, and if the time permits, a shave. Because of my sensitive skin, I don't have time in the mornings to shave, so I secure 20-minutes in the evening to take care of this and other skincare treatments and focus on clean, moisturized skin in the mornings.
Outerwear is often an afterthought, but it shouldn't be, it should be part of your wardrobe and look. Use it to uplift a casual or mundane outfit, and if you're in a pinch, use it to be the focus. The key with outerwear is to keep it separate from the rest of your wardrobe—you don't want to fool around with them while you're getting dressed.
Do you have any tricks for getting dressed in the morning to avoid stress? Should off in the comments below. Continue to Live Your Life in Style and always Be Inspired.