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Do you ever step into your closet in the morning before work or before a night out and cringe because you realize you “have nothing to wear”? Yep, that’s a feeling we all have once and awhile but it doesn’t have to be all “doom and gloom” because with a bit of forethought, you will always leave your house looking like a top fashion blogger in your #OOTD. The key to success is “outfit planning”.
Personal style is something that is unique to every person; some of us adopt the status quo, to blend in with the crowd like a style-chameleon. While others learn early on to listen to their own inner fashion voice; choosing to push outside their own comfort zone in the name of looking different. Whatever end of the spectrum you fall on doesn’t really matter, as long as you are prepared to use your intuition and your imagination to plan your wardrobe to perfection.
It can be difficult to plan your outfits when your closet is overflowing. Downsizing, minimizing, curating; whatever you want to call it, this needs to be done. I would recommend doing a “wardrobe scan” (checking that you still like, wear and fit each item) at least annually if not seasonally. By streamlining your clothing collection; you will have more “favourite pieces”, you will have less choice, which to me equals less stress and you will “know what you have” which is like having a “mental inventory” of all the items in your closet; this is extremely helpful when you are visualizing potential outfits.
1. Visualize it: It’s the first step and I think the most important step in planning your looks ahead of time. Try to choose one item that you really like and want to feature as the “focal point” of the look. This can be anything; a dress, a hat, a pair of shoes, whatever you like. Once you have the “main item” chosen, try to visualize yourself wearing it. Next you will think of items that will compliment this item and visualize how they will look. For example: if you chose a dress, then you need to choose shoes, a handbag, possibly a sweater, jacket or scarf as well as accessories. If imagination isn’t your strong point you can definitely pull items out and do a “physical outfit planning session” (the only downside is that it can be messy and a bit more time-consuming, you also have to be with your closet whereas visualizing can be done anywhere).
2. Write it: This is always my go-to when I need to get my creative juices flowing. This step can go hand-in hand with Step #1 because as I visualize what each piece would look like together, I am writing it down on paper. By writing or typing your outfit ideas out, it helps to organize your thoughts (which let’s face-it, if you’re crazy busy like most people, your mind can be a jumble) into a more visual format, this can be extremely helpful if visualizing the outfit in your mind is difficult. Another perk to recording your outfit ideas? It will serve to jog your memory when you inevitably forget all those wonderful outfits you planned.
3. Try it: There’s only one sure-fire way to know if the looks you planned are good; try them on. By trying your outfit ideas in advance, you will know how it will look, you can make sure that you feel comfortable, that everything is clean and fits properly and also if anything will need to be ironed or steamed before wearing. If you try a look on and your “fashion senses” are tingling, telling you that something is just not right, you can definitely take that as an opportunity to tweak your look until it’s perfect.
4. Photograph it: Last step, I promise. This is not a crucial step but it doesn’t hurt to take a picture of your outfits, it can help you to keep a bit of a “lookbook” which can help you reflect on which looks were hits and which were misses. It can also help you to remember which looks you were going to wear if you planned and took the pictures in advance. Another reason to snap a quick pic gives you the opportunity to look back on your style over the years, and THAT is always good times.
Planning outfits can be daunting at first but it is really fun once you start. Try getting inspiration from Pinterest and making your own boards to give you a jumping off point. You don’t need to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe to achieve “outfit planning success”, all you need is imagination, creativity and to trust your own style instincts.
I hope you enjoyed this post, please let me know in the comments below if you tried this method and how it worked for you or if you found your own method that worked better!