Style and Styling

10 Tips for Less Dressing Stress

Happy day, dear reader…

Here’s hoping yours is. I’ve been running in a rough patch. In the way my mind jumps about, that got me thinking about Back to School. I know many parents look forward to their children being back in school, and getting back to routines, but dread the transition back into those get-everyone-ready-and-out-of-the-house mornings. So, I thought a quick reminder (from a previous post) of 10 ways to make morning dressing less stressful might be the order of the day.

Monday morning can be a special challenge for anyone. Some tips here are quick 10-15 minute, do on the weekend, hacks(?) to make that transition into the week easier. This week, try just one. (I suggest number 1!) And then maybe add another one or two next week. And some more after that. Who knows what might happen? You might just feel a little more in control of your days!

1)  Lay (or hang) out your clothes for tomorrow when getting ready for bed. Check your calendar and the weather, first. (This also lets you know whether or not you need to shave in the morning!)

2)  Keep photos of outfits you love in a folder on your phone for days that you forget #1! Or make sure you have some go-to Outfit Recipes.

3)  Do your laundry before your work week begins. No more “Arrrgh, it’s in the hamper!” Smaller, more frequent loads are a lot easier to fold and put away. (I read recently that folding and putting away is one of the least favorite household chores.)

4)  Pull together some Beauty Bundles to make accessorizing outfits easier.

5)  On your “weekend” choose a small cohesive capsule for the week. Hang them together, and dress out of only those clothes. Fewer choices means less stress! (Try 4 shirts, 3 bottoms, 2 toppers, and a dress.) If you need some inspiration, scroll through some capsule wardrobe posts…

6)  Next time you go to the hairdresser, ask about a cut that works WITH your hair’s natural texture, rather than fighting it.

7)  Time how long it takes to do your makeup in the morning. Simplify your routine to 5 minutes, MAX!

8)  Get all the out-of-season clothes out of your active closet and into a storage box. If your closet has room, separate out-of-season from current season items.

9)  Keep a lint roller in your car; then it doesn’t matter if the dog or cat loves on you on the way out the door. Enjoy that love; we all need more of it in a day! Clean it up before you get into your seat.

10) Limit your color palette (for any season) to two neutrals, your white, and two accent colors. Careful choices here will give you a mix and match wardrobe! Think Garanimals for grown-ups…

How about you? Do any of these tips already work for you? Which? What other tips do you have for turning dressing stress into a blessing? Please share in the comments below!

Stylishly yours,

A hug and squeeze to Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge for hosting her Link-Up, and a thank you happy dance for the feature!

And… Many thanks to the lovely Jess of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish for the Link-Up!


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  • Gail

    Great tips Liz. A couple of things I do: keep my navy tights (hose) in a bag because in winter it’s hard to identify them from black. Also I find that for work, wearing separates in mostly black, and adding colour through accessories, gives me less stress.

    • closetplayadmin

      Love the tights tip! You’re right; it’s a battle to tell black from navy on a gloomy winter morn. At one point in my life, I had only black tights, so there was no issue. Now I have both. I find many women do the dark default for work, but forget to brighten/lighten it up. Thank you for sharing!

  • Nancy Baten

    Having an outfit ready the night before never works for me. Because I always thought the next morning: neh, don’t feel like wearing that. Making a folder is a great idea!

    • closetplayadmin

      I used to think that, too, but have become less of a “mood” dresser, and more of a “what mood do I want to be in” dresser… Before I’ve fully woken up, I can’t be held responsible for my sartorial choices! Hope the folder sparks your morning imagination. Thank you for visiting!

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