How To Create a Go-To Outfit When You Don’t Know What To Wear
March 27, 2017
We all have those mornings where our lunch is already prepared, the coffee is brewing, and you’re almost ready to get out the door to start your day…but you have no idea what to wear. I’m pretty bad at planning my outfits the night before (although I’m working on it!), mostly because I’m a procrastinator at heart, but also very indecisive. An easy way to solve this dilemma is to have outfits on deck that you can easily throw together when you’re in a pickle. Keep reading to find out my 10 best tips for creating your go-to outfit when you have no idea what to wear that can work for any occasion, climate, or style!
Here’s my go-to spring outfit that’s more on the casual side that I would wear on a daily basis to run errands, grab a bite to eat with friends, or go shopping. It’s not something that I can wear to work (no ripped jeans allowed), so perhaps that is another post I will plan to write in the future 🙂
Shop the Look
1. Think Before You Buy
When you’re shopping you want to consider a few things before purchasing. This will not only make getting dressed easier, but you’ll also expand the life of your clothing (yay for eliminating waste!) I find that when I’m in panic mode in the morning that I always gravitate towards my most worn or favorite pieces, which are usually timeless pieces and of of higher quality. Things to consider: quality, fit, and whether the item will be something you see yourself wearing again and again
2. Build Up a Wardrobe of Basics and Neutrals
Basics, such as simple t-shirts, white button up shirts, blue jeans, black slacks, cardigans, coats, blazers, denim jackets, black flats, boots, etc. are simple pieces that can be worn over and over again and in many ways and can work for different occasions. Sticking to a neutral color palette will also make it easier to pair clothing together and know that it can be worn again. The trick is learning how to experiment and mix and match. This outfit I’m wearing is made up entirely of pieces that I would consider my wardrobe staples: white tee, blue jeans, cardigan, and white sneakers.
3. Consider the Trends
Trends are trends for a reason: they come and go. That’s why it’s important to create a closet of mostly basics and neutral colors that you know will always be in style. It’s totally okay to experiment with what’s trending, but just be mindful as you shop around for them. I especially enjoy incorporating trends into what I normally wear to update my personal style through the seasons. You just don’t want to have a closet full of pieces you’re stuck with once something goes out of style because you’ll probably never wear again.
4. Get Inspired
I love finding outfit inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest for putting different looks together or if I’m stuck on styling a certain piece. Other great ways (that may also be dangerous) is to browse around online or go window shopping at your local mall. This will take willpower, so I don’t recommend it to everyone 🙂 Pay attention to how certain pieces are styled in these images you save and you’ll generate ideas on how to style what’s in your own closet.
5. Start With a Simple Foundation
With your wardrobe of basics and neutrals you can create outfits around them and gradually add layers and accessories. The base of my outfit is white tee and blue jeans and I added a cross body leather bag, sunglasses, and a watch to complete the look.
6. Add Accessories
With a foundation you can easily add jewelry, bags, hats, eye wear, belts, etc. to finish off the outfit and make it look “put together.” Accessories can be something you invest in to wear again and again, or you can experiment with different trends to give your outfits a different vibe or mood. I really love this “Full Moon” bag from Minor History because it adds such a cute touch to a simple outfit!
7. Have a Pair of Shoes For Every Occasion
Just like accessories, your shoes can totally change the look of your outfit. It’s good to own a pair for different occasions and activities, that way you will know exactly which ones to wear depending on what you’re doing such as going to the gym, running errands, work, school, or a fancy dinner party. Shoes to invest in: Sneakers, dress shoes such as flats or loafers, high heels, boots, and sandals.
8. Dress For Your Body Type
There’s nothing more stressful than trying to wear clothing that doesn’t fit you. I’ve personally struggled with buying clothes not meant for my shape and ill-fitting bras, that some days I would look in the mirror with disgust. Through trial and error I’ve finally figured out what accentuates my features and makes me feel good in my skin. Once you find clothing that works for you, you’ll be more inspired and confident
9. Consider the Weather, Occasion, and Activity
Knowing where you’re going, what you will be doing, and how the weather will be will narrow your clothing options even further. Do you want to be comfortable? Is this a professional meeting or more casual? Is the temperature going to drop once the sun goes down? It’s always good to be prepared! Creating go-to outfits for different occasions, such as work-wear, shopping, meetings will save your time, energy, and stress!
10. Declutter Your Closet
Taking a day to go through your closet and identify what you want to keep vs. what you should consider donating or throw away will help you create a wardrobe completely made up of clothing that brings you joy, looks good on your body shape, and can be easily styled for different occasions. Condensing your closet won’t only make it easier to get dressed, but make you happier!
Ask yourself: Does this even fit me? Would I wear this right now? Does this make me feel good when I wear it? Is there an occasion where I would wear this again?
Do you have a go-to outfit you always wear when you are struggling to get dressed in the morning? What is it made up of? Do you have any tips to add to my list?