I pledge to my bank account that I will make full use of the clothes I already own.
This is a struggle that I’m sure many of us face. A closet full of clothes but a mind that only screams I have nothing to wear!
But honey, you have lots to wear! It’s not an easy challenge, but if you allow yourself to be creative with your look, the struggle you dread every morning will become a task you look forward to!
Everyone’s decisions on their outfits are based on different factors. For me, I have way too many factors that my outfit depends on but I think my top two things would include: the weather and my body. Is it hot? No jeans. Is it cold? Short-sleeves, nope. Did I shave my legs? Dresses, cancelled. I’m on my period, I can’t wear my white trousers! Other than that, it’s probably: Are my black jeans in the laundry? Wait, isn’t the button loose on those jeans (I can’t wear those, what if the button pops off in the middle of my presentation?) My good bra is in the laundry. Ugh, I can’t wear this outfit because the shoes I pair with it give me blisters.
Can you imagine the commotion that goes on in my head while trying to decide my outfit? For me, my outfit is important. It’s the way I want to express myself, the way I want to be seen, it should reflect me. Even on my lazy days, I can at least try to flaunt it in some chic lookin’ sweats.
Here are some ways that I find the perfect OOTD based on my personal factors.
It’s no surprise that Pinterest has slowly become my most used app (even more than Instagram — can you believe it?). The amount of times I gained some sort of inspiration from Pinterest can be multiplied by four times the population of Toronto. Fall looks, runway looks, lazy-day-but-still-trying-to-look-effortlessly-cute looks, you name it, you’ll find some sort of pin that could be your next #OOTD. I create boards based on my preferences of clothing, weather, and event type.
A clothing rack, that’s relatively cheap, can truly put a rest to the frantic mind you possess while choosing your outfit. I chose my favourite, essential pieces and hang them up on the rack, and go from there. By doing this, you’re eliminating the millions of options (essentially they can be distracting), and focusing on a few pieces that you can mix and match with. Got a meeting at 10 AM but a lunch date with the girls at 12 PM? Pull out your favourite blouse and a classic blazer, that’s easy to take on and off, to create flexibility. By seeing a few pieces hung up, your creative mind may just create brand new outfits that you would have never thought of before.
Choose one item and base your outfit around that
So you finally got those denim culottes, but you haven’t worn them yet. Make that the foundation of your outfit. Start there and play around with the options you have: different tops, accessories, shoes, and the list goes on.
Go easy, you have 5 days to try something different
Listen up, if you have one bad outfit day, it’s totally fine. I mean, we all have those days right? You wake up in a rush and accidentally throw on two clashing patterns (tartan pants AND a gingham blouse? Been there, done that…never again) and you’re out the door without even doing a quick outfit check. You have four more days left in the week to play around and experiment. Fashion has no rules (unless its double plaid) and you have all the freedom to express yourself through your styling.
And finally, my favourite tip: try to plan the night before. When you wake up, you can have a chance to breathe and actually enjoy your morning, or at least look cute when you have a rush morning.
In the end, you want to have a hassle free process that makes you look, and most importantly, feel good. Strut down the street and make that sidewalk your personal runway!